Parenting Today's Teenager
Parents of today's teenager need "all the wisdom of the village" to successfully guide their teenager to adulthood. Yesteryear parenting templates are not sufficient to effectively parent today's generation Y (born after 1988) and generation Z (born after 1994) teenagers.
Generation Y teenagers are characterised as being focused on pursuing personal satisfaction, being less influenced by authority and role models and being more influenced by peers. They are considered to be more visual, kinaesthetic learners having a mosaic of expectations with all parts of their lives interwoven.
Generation Z teenagers differ from generation Y teenagers in that they appear to have a different value system. Generation Z teenagers show more consistency about their likes and dislikes, are more altruistic showing concern for social justice issues and what their parents think. A sense of community is paramount to generation Z teenagers as is their desire to be entertained.
In sum generation Y and Z teenagers are growing up in a fast moving ever changing society that values speed over accuracy as information is quickly outdated. They are Tech-Savvy, plugged in and intolerant, demanding instant satiation, stimulation and entertainment.
Parents of today's teenager, especially parents of a troubled teenager face a formidable parenting challenge. Jeff's highly acclaimed book 'Be A Parent Not A Pal' provides parents with the skills and confidence to guide their teenager through the teenage years to achieve their full potential in life.
The 'Asteros' Program - Supporting Troubled teenagers on their journey through the teenage years to adulthood.
In 1996, concerned with the number of students who progressively disengage with and prematurely drop out of school, Jeff commenced the 'Asteros' program.
The 'Asteros' program (Asteros is an ancient Greek word meaning bright star) extends for 12 months and involves the establishment and maintenance of partnerships with organisations and groups in the community including the troubled teenager's school, outdoor educators and select interest groups in the community.
The 'Asteros' program includes a 2 part wilderness adventure/therapy experience, intensive in school support, a training program for parents in parenting a teenager, support from government youth services if required and on going support for the troubled teenager from a trained volunteer life coach/mentor.
The 'Asteros' program has achieved outstanding success with 80% of the first group of program participants successfully completing their schooling. This is a remarkable achievement especially as leading intervention programs in the USA regard a school retention rate of 33% for troubled teenagers as being a very satisfactory result. The 'Asteros' program was recognised by Griffith University through a special research bursary which enabled Jeff to travel to the USA to visit and study exemplary wilderness adventure/therapy based programs for troubled teenagers. The research findings have been incorporated into the current 'Asteros' program.
Jeff's 'Asteros' program for troubled teenagers provides a proven example of the benefit to all of providing a troubled teenager sustained support on their journey through the teenage years to adulthood.
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