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Cherishing the children

teenagers_01Parents of teenage children in Coláiste Iognáid have just completed the Cherishing Your Child parent training course run by Helen Smith, founder of Turas Nua. The programme has been delivered to parent groups nationwide and in the USA. According to Helen Smith, “The teenage years in particular can be growth-full and challenging for children and parents alike, a time when resentments grow and relationships drift apart. The core of this programme is to support parents with skills to empower themselves so they don’t act out of a place of fear when difficulties arise, but rather from a place of skill. It helps parents and children develop a set of tools for communicating with mutual respect and helps parents develop skills that allows them to correct and guide their children without damaging their spirit.”