Struggling with the
Let's face it they are not easy!
'Welcome to Teenage Toolbox - where we empower Teenagers & Parents with TOOLS to Transform Lives!'
Feeling helpless, disempowered and overwhelmed is a normal part of parenting teenagers!
Suddenly, overnight you may have found your beautiful child, who once sat on your knee to be comforted, is displaying behaviour that you never thought you'd see. Anger, addictive behaviour, depression, resentment, rebellion, an eating disorder, self-harm, and crime are a few examples of what you might be having to deal with. In addition, you may feel you are treading on eggshells and having to tip-toe around - merely to prevent another row.
As I've said to the hundreds of parents and teenagers I've had the privilege to work with over the last 35 years:
'Not only have parents have never parented a teen before, but a child has never been a teen before - so this period of transition can be the most challenging time of your life!'
SO WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?
The behaviour you are witnessing in your Teenager is merely a display of the coping mechanisms they have developed to deal with their PAIN, INSECURITY and FEAR.
When the problems are addressed, their hurt is understood, and they are empowered in the amazingness of who they are - instead of focusing on the negative manifesting symptoms - then your Teenager's behaviour will change - and so will their life AND yours!
Established in 2013, Teenage Toolbox aims to change lives for BOTH Parents and Teenagers - and also young adults in their twenties. Sessions are 60-minutes - one-on-one - via Zoom or FB Messenger video. Alternatively, if you are local in Auckland New Zealand, we meet in person.
Having raised hundreds of teenagers in boarding schools, taught Restorative Justice in prisons, and raised four teenagers of my own, I believe the transformational power to create lasting change, sits not on knowledge and information, but on lived-experience of what works!
"Teenagers are never a problem. They are merely young adults struggling to work through their pain, insecurity and fear. When we empower them with strategies to heal - and reveal the magic of who they are - then we create lasting transformational growth!"
Is your Teenager struggling to navigate this period of transition?
Are you tearing your hair out because nothing you do seems to work?
Are you keen to see your Teenager find their joy and purpose again?
Sue O'Callaghan is author of TAKEN,
and co-author of HATE MYSELF HATE MY LIFE: A Teenage Guide to Finding Self-Confidence and Inner Love.