Why do they act that way? That is the question all parents of teenagers have asked themselves at one time or another. Understanding those not children, but not yet adult humans that take over the house is no easy feat. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for elders, and spend all their time sleeping and playing video games. This course addresses what modern teens face today and delves into physiological and psychological issues that turn our loving kids into surely teenagers.
* You have 4 weeks to complete this course from date of your enrollment.
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents course content
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents course consists of 4 modules:
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 1 Adolescent Brains & Impulsiveness
In Module 1 we will explore the gap that forms between adolescents and their parents. We will delve into the adolescent brain and identify how teens change physically, mentally, and emotionally during the adolescent years.
- Making Sense of Adolescence
- What Adolescents Face Today
- The Gap Between Parents and Their Kids
- Appreciating Adolescents
- Physical Changes in the Teen Brain
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 2 Communication & Sexual Identity
In Module 2 we will focus on communicating with the adolescent. Tips and tools for learning good communication skills will be shared. Also, we will identify the trials teens face while exploring his or her sexual identity during adolescents and list some effective tools for addressing sexual identity with teens.
- Parent-Adolescent Miscommunication
- Good Communication Skills
- Male and Female Brains
- Sexual Stereotyping and Identity
- Love, Sex, and the Adolescent Brain
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 3 Media, Sleep, & Mental Illness
Module 3 describes the physical changes in an adolescent’s body and addresses why teens sleep patterns tend to change during these years. Another important topic discussed in this module is mental illness in teens. How to know if your child is testing his or her boundaries or if there may be an underlying factor that may require intervention.
- Adolescents and Media
- Media Use
- Media in Teens’ Lives
- Sleep and the Teen Brain
- Adolescent Mental Illness
A Parent's Guide to Adolescents Module 4 Psychological & Social Dimensions of Adolescence
Module 4 will define how teens react to the physical changes that take place during adolescents and give parents/adults some guidelines on the best way to help teens through these changes. Emotional changes are also discussed and finally, peer relationships and the important influence friends have on the adolescent.
- Four Major Changes
- Reactions to Physical Changes
- Reactions to Emotional Change
- The Shift of Influence from Parents to Peers
- The Search for Identity
After completing the A Parent's Guide to Adolescents course
After completing the A Parent's Guide to Adolescents course, you should be able to:
- Understand adolescent brains
- Identify physical changes in the teen brain
- Identify differences in the male and female brains
- Explain the importance of connecting and guiding teens to adulthood
- Identify the symptoms of teen mental illness
The A Parent's Guide to Adolescents course is 24 hours long, taught over 4 weeks.