Ideas for supporting your child as they move to Heathfield Community School

Heathfield community schoolIf had known then what I know now, the transition to Heathfield for my eldest daughter might have caused fewer anxious thoughts over the summer before she started.

My children have enjoyed Heathfield  ( it was a real surprise to me that children could actually enjoy going to school but they have and do!)  and the school wants to make the transition as smooth and straightforward as possible for your children who are going in September

Therefore, I am running session on Wednesday 6 July, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM, in the Staff Room for parents whose children are going in September, I will be covering:

•    Preparing for the move to Heathfield – the ups and downs!
•    Building new friendships
•    How you could help your child manage their worries/concerns
•    Surviving the first day…

This is what some parents said about the last workshop I ran:

•    Very worthwhile – would definitely recommend!
•    Good to see we are not alone with teenage issues!
•    Very helpful – like the rest, they are great!

You can book your place by clicking on the link below:

http://preparingforheathfield.eventbrite.co.uk

I look forward to seeing some of you 6 July

Ruth

 

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Managing your child’s behaviour workshop on Monday 23 May, 6.15pm to 7.45pm at Heathfield School

We have had to rearrange themanaging teenagers 2 managing behaviour sessions booked for April and May and combined them into this session which is open to all parents at Heathfield School as well as those parents whose children will be coming to Heathfield in September.

 

This session will be relaxed and informal with an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. It is ideal for parents with children/teenagers from 10y to 16yrs!

It will focus on the key’s to positively managing your child’s behaviour, including:

  • Different approaches to managing behaviour
  • Easy ways to maintain boundaries and be consistency
  • Alternatives for dealing with conflict and negotiating with your child
  • Tips to stop nagging!

After this session you will go away with practical ideas and suggestions.

You can book your place by going to:

http://keys-to-managing-your-childs-behaviour.eventbrite.co.uk

I look forward to seeing you.

Ruth

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Rearranged – Workshops on ‘Managing Behaviour’ in April & May

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The next 2 sessions at Heathfield School will focus on helping parents to manage their teenager’s behaviour:

Managing behaviour 1 on Monday 18 April, 6:15 PM-7:30 PM  (Please note this workshop has moved from 14 March)

This session will cover:
• Planning for better behaviour
• How we all have different styles of parenting and the impact these styles have on our teenagers
•Managing boundaries
• Tips on improving consistency in terms of maintaining boundaries etc!

To book your place go to: www.managing-behaviour-1.eventbrite.co.uk

Managing behaviour 2 on Monday 16 May, 6:15 PM-7:30 PM

This session will cover:
• The nagging index
• Managing conflict
• Negotiating with our teenagers
• Finding the hidden goals behind behaviour
• What are appropriate punishments & rewards

To book your place go to: www.managing-behaviour-2.eventbrite.co.uk

I look forward to seeing some of you at these sessions.

Ruth

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Surviving homework, revision, exams and the stressed teenager!

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This next session for parents whose children go to Healthfield School will be on Monday 29 February 6:15PM- 8PM

*Please note that this session is slightly longer as we feel this topic is particularly important.

Surviving homework, revision, exams and the stressed teenager! This session aims to help you to support your pre-teen/teenager in the preparation for GCSEs/school exams and will cover:

• What is learning and what we can do to help them learn without knowing anything about the subject!
• Motivating your teenager, including finding the best way of working for your teenager
• Different styles of revision
• How you can help your teenager to manage their stress including an introduction to mindfulness
• The delicate subject of how to encourage your pre-teen/teenager to get enough sleep!

To book your place go to: http://www.survivinghomeworkandexams.eventbrite.co.uk

This will be followed by a session on Monday 14 March, 6:15 PM-7:30 PM which will be the first of 2 sessions on managing behaviour – these sessions are particularly practical and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have on managing behaviour etc.

This session will include:
• Planning for better behaviour
• How we all have different styles of parenting and the impact these styles have on our children
• It’s not what, it’s the HOW!
• Successfully negotiating and managing boundaries
• Tips on improving consistency in terms of maintaining boundaries etc!

To book your place go to: http://www.managing-behaviour-1.eventbrite.co.uk

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Surviving Teenagers awarded national CANParent Quality Mark

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Cllr Christine Lawrence, Chairman of Somerset County Council with Ruth James

Quality Marsk

 

 

 

I am delighted that I am now one of only 48 providers nationally to have achieved a new national CANParent Quality Mark for the workshops I develop and deliver for parents of teenagers.

Having 3 daughters between 13 and 20 I understand the pressures on families so make sure my workshops focus on helping parents to build resilient teenagers.

“I would like to congratulate Ruth on achieving the CANParent Quality Mark. I can see real benefits resulting from her work, understanding how to build more positive relationships between parents and their teenagers can only be a good thing for local families.” said Cllr Christine Lawrence, Chairman of Somerset County Council.

“We have been pleased with the feedback from parents about the difference Ruth’s workshops have made and we are looking forward to continuing with the workshops in September.” said Karl Husband, Assistant Head, Heathfield Community School.

“I love working with parents and hearing about the positive difference that coming along to one of my workshops can make in family relationships. With this Quality Mark parents can now be confident that my workshops will give them the right advice and support they need in parenting their teenagers.” said Ruth James, Director, Surviving Teenagers.

The CANParent Quality Mark is the only Quality Mark developed for the parenting sector by the parenting sector. It is only awarded to programmes and courses meeting the highest standards, it confirms Ruth’s Building Resilient Teenagers workshops meet the following standards:

  • The workshops can be relied on by parents to make a positive difference, is evidence based, and is monitored and evaluated to improve parent/child relationships.
  • Parents can rely on the integrity of this class provider, its professional conduct, competence, financial and governance systems, and data protection/confidentiality, to ensure suitability to deliver a class.
  • This workshops are recommended by other parents.
  • This workshops are responsive, warm and relational, engaging with parents and builds on these effective relationships to meet their needs.

 

 

 

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Is your child going to Heathfield Community School in September? If so, read on…

Heathfield community schoolI remember when my eldest daughter moved to Heathfield and if I had known then what I know now, we both would have spent a lot less time and energy worrying about the change over the summer.

Heathfield wants to help to make the change  as smooth and straightforward as possible   for both parents and children so they have invited me to run a session for parents on Monday 6 July, 6:30 PM-7:45 PM, in the Staff Room at Heathfield, in this session I will be covering:

  • What I wish I had known when my children started Heathfield
  • Preparing for the move to Heathfield and the ups and downs!
  • Building new friendships
  • How you could help your child manage their worries/concerns
  • There will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have

This is what some parents said about the last workshop I ran in April:

  • Very worthwhile – would definitely recommend!
  • Good to see we are not alone with teenage issues!
  • Very helpful – like the rest, they are great!

You can book your place by clicking on the link below:

http://preparing-for-heathfield.eventbrite.co.uk

I look forward to seeing some of you 6 July.

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Thank you to Heathfield Community School and parents

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I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Heathfield Community School over the last few months and meeting a number of parents. Since September we have had monthly sessions and talked about how to manage behaviour, talk so teenagers will listen and build their self-esteem.

 

Last Monday, we had over 40 parents for “Surviving revision, exams and the stressed teenager!”. This is what some of the parents said about the session:

  • This has been for me/my child’s needs the most informative session so far
  • I had heard such positive results from other parents who said they were really helpful and they are
  • It is an interesting reflection of what sometimes should be blindingly obvious, but isn’t when you are in the moment and heat of battle!
  • Definitely worth coming along, any help is valuable
  • I found this very helpful in finding out what other parents go through and their ways of coping

I will be running more sessions at Heathfield Community School starting on 22 September, more information to follow!

If you think your school might be interested in the running sessions for parents of teenagers, please contact me, Ruth James at survivingteenagers@gmail.com

 

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Surviving revision, exams and the stressed teenager!

managing stressAt this time of year, I get out and polish those necessary skills we parents need at exam time i.e. the ability to walk on eggshells.

I have every sympathy with parents whose teenagers are preparing for any type of exam at the moment – it is tough for them and as parents, it is often hard to know what to do for the best, how to support them and sometimes it just feels like whatever you do you can’t win, I know!

This session is about giving you support and practical suggestions on how to help your teenager both revise, manage exams as well as cope with stress.

The session will be covering:

  • What is learning and what we can do to help them learn without knowing anything about the subject!
  • Motivating your teenager, including finding the best way of working for your teenager
  • Different styles of revision
  • How you can help your teenager to manage their stress

These sessions have been popular with parents, this is what some of them have said:

  • You must go!
  • Highly recommended “lots of food for thought”
  • Good opportunity to hear other parents views and situations and to realise you are not alone
  • Excellent and very thought-provoking about how I am with my children…

To book your place by going to the following website:

www.examsandstress.eventbrite.co.uk

 

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Building our teenagers’ self-esteem (session 2) on Monday 27 April, 6:30 – 7:45PM, Heathfield Community School

Building self esteemIn this session, I will be focusing on helping our teenagers to learn to fail well – if we are going to have resilient teenagers, they need to learn how to cope well with failure.

We all have a perception of ourselves, how we think about ourselves and how we think others think about us!   I want to explore this further to give you insights into how we can help our teenagers to become more resilient and hopefully learn to see  failure and challenges as opportunities to learn.

I will also be getting you to think about your teenagers’ strengths and talents as well as having an “Any Questions” session at the end – so please come with any questions you may have about self-esteem and what you could do to build your teenagers’ self-esteem.

This session if for parents with children at Heathfield Community School

To book your place, please click on this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-your-teenagers-self-esteem-session-2-tickets-16479883776

 

 

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‘Building your teenager’s self-esteem’ workshop – Heathfield Community School, 23 March

Building self esteemSelf-esteem is something many teenagers struggle with so the next workshop I will be running for Heathfield parents which will focus on “Building your pre-teen/teenager’s self-esteem”. This workshop will cover:”

  • Helping parents understand what self-esteem is and what influences it.
  • How self-esteem changes over time (& why Year 9 is so challenging!) and, most importantly,
  • How we, as parents, can help to build and strengthen our teenager’s self-esteem

This will be the fourth workshop I have run at Heathfield so far and the feedback from parents has been very positive, this is what some of the parents who’ve already been to a session would say to others:

  • Worth coming along and very helpful
  • Come along, it makes you stop and think
  • It’s encouraging and makes you realise that you, as a parent, can make a difference
  • I would definitely recommend the sessions

If you are Heathfield parent, you can book your place online by clicking on the link below.

www.building-self-esteem.eventbrite.co.uk

If you are a parent at a different school in Somerset, and think your school should run similar workshops, please speak to your school and I would be very happy to talk to them!

Ruth James

survivingteenagers@gmail.com

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