YMCA workshop series focuses on raising today’s teens

Staff Report

The U.S. is failing at raising their children, achieving a 47/100 according to the latest American Family Asset Study by the Search Institute.

For the first time, the YMCA of Rock River Valley is hosting a free, mini-workshop series on raising teens to help parents understand their teens and pre-teens. The workshop is held on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is four weeks long, beginning March 12. All parents are welcome, no Y membership required. Workshops are held at the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, 200 Y Blvd., Rockford.

With the fast-paced, social media-driven world, teen-agers’ problems do not just revolve around finding a date to the dance. The new generation of teens is constantly connected, pushed to learn faster, given different opportunities than their parents and are expected to solve the problems of tomorrow.

The workshop will introduce parents to the technology, culture and problems facing the Millennial generation. It will also focus on family relationship building and how to increase your family’s developmental assets.

The Raising Teens workshop is led by the CEO & President of YMCA of Rock River Valley, Mike Brown. His experience with teens and his Ph.D. studies on the Millennial generation will help parents gain insight on the challenges that teens and parents are faced with and how to handle them. Topics covered include smart phones, Facebook, teen anger and a Q&A session.

The Raising Teens workshop is the first of many the YMCA plans to hold to help increase a family’s developmental assets. Other topics will focus around infants/toddlers, marriage and older adults.

With their consent, follow one family through the Raising Teens workshop series for their view on raising a teen-ager in the 21st century and how the workshop has helped.

From the March 6-12, 2013, issue

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