St Albans mums set up parents support group to smooth through teen transition

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 May 2016

The group workshops are there to support parents and help them communicate with their children

The group workshops are there to support parents and help them communicate with their children

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A trio of mums are setting up a support network for parents struggling with their children's transition into teenagers.

Patricia Seabright, one of the organisers of the groupPatricia Seabright, one of the organisers of the group

The National Teenage Trust (NTT) is being put together by three women in St Albans, Patricia Seabright, Kerry Cobb and Wendy Powell. They hope to offer practical tips to help improve communication with teenagers and are calling it ‘teen building’.

They will be holding support meetings and will try to increase awareness of the challenges the teenage years have on parents as well as share parenting styles and providing ongoing support.

Patricia said: “Isn’t it ironic that we are trained and tested in so many things in life yet there is so little support and education for the most important job any of us do, and that’s being a parent”

“And being the parent of a ‘tween’ and teenager is the most challenging time of all.

“The National Teen Trust is there to provide some education, a forum debate and discussion and a network to support parent navigate these challenging years.”

Their first workshop will be held on June 9 at The Noke Hotel in St Albans, with a morning and an evening slot. The NTT will also hold sessions at weekends with the first one starting on June 12.

Patricia added: “To be our best many of us spend a lot of time and resources on exercise; classes, clubs and gym membership.

“Now the NTT is here to enable us to put some focus on being our best for our kids and families and to keep us all sane despite the challenges.”

For more information about The NTT, click here.

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