The brilliant Kit Messenger from Changing Chances joined us this morning for a live chat about raising teens and dealing with conflict. She gave us some great parenting advice about how to have those difficult conversations, when to have them, and how to ask the right questions of your teen to get a positive outcome.
If you’ve had battles over homework, staying out, not helping with the housework… and all the rest! then it’ll be well worth a watch. It’s just 32 minutes long.
We’ll be chatting with Kit again in the coming weeks, so if you have any questions, leave a message in the comments below.
This morning Daisy caught up with educational consultant Kit Messenger to discuss anxiety in teens and coping strategies for teens and parents. They covered how to talk to your young person, about how to have a more positive relationship as well as helping children with ADHD find ways to manage at school.
They discuss the fact that parents don’t get training for the job, and offered practical tips to help us communicate more positively and enable us to be a better supporter to our children.
Today we spoke with PC Joe Davis from Sussex Police about how to keep our teens safe, whether there’s been a rise in incidents involving young people since lockdown and back to school concerns.
Joe spoke about trust, and said that “young people will appreciate being trusted a little bit. We need to trust them to socially distance and follow the guidelines… it’s up to them to consider their role in keeping everybody safe”.
Sussex Police’s strategies around connecting with young people are to stay relevant – they have a strong social media presence (links below) – as well as a focus on talking to young people, in order to reach out and break down barriers. Engage, explain, encourage… and enforce as a last resort.
If you missed it, you can catch the 20 minute Q&A here:
Next week, we’ll be talking to Kit Messenger, co-founder of Changing Chances, a former primary school Headteacher, a tutor at the University of Sussex and a qualified coach. Kit works to bring about big changes in how challenging behaviour is tackled in the education system and beyond. If you have any questions for Kit around helping your young people ease back into school life, worries about their mental health and wellbeing, pop them in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.
⭐️ LIVE Q&A with Kit Messenger at 11am on Thursday 10th September on our Facebook Page.
Every month Make (Good) Trouble highlights a charity or organisation that makes the world a better place. This month, we’re supporting YoungMinds.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity which fights for children and young people’s mental health. They campaign, research and influence policy and practice to ensure young people are getting the best support both online and in their communities.
“Of course I’m scared, but with courage and support from others I’ll get there and so will you.” – Fatimah
With students returning to school after such a long absence, they have put together some really useful information. They understand that is completely natural young people will be feeling anxious about returning. Two of their bloggers Fatimah and Kerry have shared their own worries and how they are coping.
“This is new for everyone, and new doesn’t have to mean bad.” – Kerry
In addition if parents and families are concerned about school then the following information may be of help regarding school anxiety or school refusal, which also includes tips from their Parents Helpline: Parents Guide to support school anxiety and refusal.
Their Parents A-Z Guide to Support also includes several different topics for specific mental health conditions with advice from their Parents Helpline team.
“My advice to other young people would be, where you are right now does not define where you’ll always be. Don’t let problems shape you.” – Bernice, YoungMinds Youth Panel.