This is the last of a seven-part series for parents of teens or pre-teens, taught by The Teen Doc, Dr. O (Kemi Oguntala), will be held next door to PTBE.
* SPA is PTBE's Supporting Parents of Adolescents Committee
Cost: $20/drop-in for individual sessions.
Thank you to PTBE's Caring Committee for their support of this series.
April 20: Parenting my young adult
So maybe you don't remind them to do homework or clean their room, but if you aren't doing that then what are you supposed to do for your young adult living at home? The transition to adulthood requires less micromanaging, and more emotional availability. One thing your teen needs, but is having a hard time finding, is the ear of someone who loves them unconditionally and wants nothing but the best for them. They think this might be a friend, but ideally it's really their parent. Parents should learn the new role your teen relationship requires if they take this class.
About the Facilitator
Dr. Oguntala or Dr. O is the author of Big Impact Small Changes, a book that gives advice to parents about small changes they can make that have a big impact on their relationship with their teen. She is a national speaker to parents, clinicians and teens whose talks have been described as "energetic and powerful." Ultimately she is a mother who is amazingly passionate about teens in general and her own kids in particular. She completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, her medical education at what is now Drexel in Philadelphia, her pediatric residency at St Christopher's Hospital for Children, also in Philadelphia, and her teen medicine training at Stanford. Whether she is doing a physical for sports clearance, advising a parent who has hired her for coaching, or speaking to a group of teens to inspire them to be their greatest self, her goals are consistent -- that teens and the adults around them communicate and connect. What creates a great teen is the army of adults behind them. When that army is educated, open-minded and prepared their teen presents to the world the same way.