Tuning in to Teen™ is a parenting program that focuses on emotions and is designed to assist parents to establish stronger relationships with their teenage children. The program provides parents with a greater understanding of their teen's emotional experiences while teaching specific skills that can assist in being supportive, empathic and staying connected with the young person. It further aims to improve parent's emotional awareness, regulation and communication style and provide them with an opportunity to reflect on their own emotion socialisation experience. Tuning in to Teens™ aims to prevent problems developing and enhance emotional and behavioural functioning.

Youth Services staff facilitate two Tuning Into Teens Groups per term. If you would like to register your interest to the program please complete the below form and one of our friendly facilitators will be in contact with you with availability of upcoming programs. In order to be eligible for the program, you must live-work-study or recreate in Wyndham.

If you have further questions about the program you can either call the Youth Resource Centre on (03) 8734 1355 or email tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

Programs and Webinars

Tuning In To Teens 8 week Program
Where: Tarneit Community Learning Centre Youth Services Space
When: Thursday 6th May – 24th June, 6-8pm
For further information please email tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Tuning in to Teens Online Webinar
Where: Online Live event
When: Wednesday 21st April 630-730pm
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Tuning In To Teens Workshop
Where: Point Cook Library
When: Tuesday 22nd June, 6-8pm
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Tuning in To Teens 8 week Program
When: Wednesday 21st July – 8 September, 6-8pm
Where:  Arndell Park Community Centre
For further information please email tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Tuning In to Teens 8 Week Program
Where: Online utilising MS teams
When: Tuesday 20th July – 7th September
For further information please email tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Tuning in to Teens Online Webinar
Where: Online Live event
When: 9th September, 630-730pm
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Tuning In to Teens 8 Week Program
Where: Youth Resource Centre
When: Tuesday 12th October – 30th November
For further information please email tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Tuning Into Teen Tips

Free Online Webinar - Tuning into Teens

Tuning in Tuesday – Free Online Webinar - Tuning into Teens

Having trouble connecting with your teen?

Join Wyndham Youth Services for a one hour webinar that aims to support parents and carers of young people to connect with their teens.

Don’t miss out, Register now!

To book visit: http://youthwyndham.com/tint-april

 

or contact us at for more information:

tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au 

Wonder

Tuning In To Tuesdays - Wonder

This week we want to challenge you to ‘wonder’

We want to encourage you to not only wonder but literally add the word to your vocabulary when talking about emotions with your young person.

The word wonder allows us to explore our young people’s emotions and initiate deeper conversation.

We can say “I wonder if you’re feeling…?”or “I’m wondering if we…?”

By wondering, we show that we have interest in what our young people are doing and feeling. This can help open opportunities to turn towards our young people in the future.

This may feel odd at the start, but we encourage you to try new ways to communicate and see what works best for your family. This is a great way to role model how emotions can be discussed in the home.

Have a great week and keep wondering!

Building in a Pause

Building in a Pause

When young people present in a highly emotional state to parents and caregivers its often difficult to respond with empathy especially when the situation that is causing their heightened state makes us feel triggered as well.

This week we encourage parents to build in a pause before responding to their young people who may be heightened.

When we build in a pause, we might take some deep breaths or make a cup of tea before sharing our thoughts with our young people. This gives us time to down regulate our emotional experience before responding, giving us a better chance of being able to respond with love and empathy.

When our young people share an emotional experience it’s important our own emotions don’t get in the way or over shadow their experience.

Credit: The Gottman institute

If you are interested in hearing more about the Tuning in to Teens Program please email us at tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au 

Problem solving with your Teen

At times, teens approach parents with a problem that is causing them stress. The biggest challenge for parents is to stop themselves from jumping in to solve the problem for their teen. Teens learn to become great problem solvers when parents support them to solve the problem themselves.

Parents can support their teen by:

  • Listening to the feelings behind the verbal statements or body language. Notice the emotion, connect, acknowledge, show understanding and perhaps find out more
  • Tell them that you have confidence that they can work out what to do; “You often have great ideas, what do you think would work?”
  • Ask an open question about what they could do; “Can you think of anything that could make things easier or better?”
  • If they can’t think of anything, suggest that maybe together you can come up with some options; “Hmmm, that’s tough. How about we put our heads
  • together and see if we can come up with something? Is now a good time?”
  • Tell your teen that you support their solution.

Also note that as the parent, you may need to negotiate boundaries around some solutions.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Tuning in to Teens Program please email us at tuningintoteens@wyndham.vic.gov.au 

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