Julie Yerkes from the NH Teen Institute will facilitate an upcoming 5-week interactive workshop series offering parents and caregivers opportunities to explore ways to mindfully navigate communication during the tween/teen years.
Parent Education Coordinator at the New Hampshire Teen Institute, Julie Yerkes, is familiar with the challenges of connecting and communicating with tweens and teens. For twenty years, she has been dedicated to helping adolescents and their families navigate those challenges. This special focus began to take shape for Julie when, as a teacher, she saw a need among her students and their parents to have tangible tools and support during a time of changing family dynamics.
“I often hear parents and grandparents say that the parenting education and support available during the early childhood years hasn’t always been as easy to find as their kids get older,” says Julie. “And with the complex and sometimes contentious issues that new technologies and social media bring to the table, today’s families need to learn new ways to communicate around the ear buds and screens rather than just battling against them.”
In the winter of 2018, Cheshire Medical Center partnered with the New Hampshire Teen Institute to offer families in the Monadnock Region Staying Connected with Your Teen, a 5-week workshop series that provides communication tips and tools to take home and try with their families.
“We’ll explore activities and suggestions for ways to invite your teen into problem-solving the roadblocks and working together through emotional processing. And we’ll share with each other in a supportive environment what’s working and what isn’t.” says Julie.
She stresses that for many, there is great benefit in talking through the issues in a safe, candid space with parents going through the same thing. “This series offers an opportunity to dedicate intentional time to building
your parenting toolbox and to learn from others facing similar challenges.”