Parenting in the teenage years brings new challenges and opportunities; your child is becoming an adult and as such the dynamic will be shifting. This can bring difficulties, excellent support is available online, through the council and also through the schools Raising Teens With Confidence course.
The below advice and links may be helpful for you;
If you want to start a conversation with your child here are a few ideas of where to start.
- What are you most looking forward to in the next few weeks?
- How are you feeling about… …?
- What helps you feel calm?
- What do you love about…?
- Is there anything that you are worried about?
Parentline Scotland will listen to you with kindness, give you time to think things through and support you. You can call on: 08000 28 22 33 or if it’s easier, text: 07860 022844 (standard network charges apply) and they will call you back. They are open 7 days a week: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-12noon.
Young Minds offers free confidential online and telephone support to anyone worried about the emotional and mental wellbeing of a child or young person up to the age of 25. The charity also has information for parents and carers about mental health. www.youngminds.org
See Me is a charity that focuses on reducing the stigma and discrimination around mental health and offers advice to parents and carers who are concerned about their child. http://www.seemescotland.org The
Mental Health Foundation offer a range of support from looking after your own mental health to supporting someone else. They can also help you find further support and advice on how to seek help. www.mentalhealth.org.uk
The City of Edinburgh Council also offers a number of courses that support parents and carers. These include: Peep Learning Together Programme, Raising Children with Confidence, Raising Teens with Confidence, Incredible Years, Triple P and Teen Triple P. For more information see: www.joininedinburgh.org
Balerno High School also offer Raising Teens With Confidence, these will be advertised via school email. If you have any questions about this course or future courses running, please contact vaila.wright ‘at’ balernochs.edin.sch.uk (The @ has been replaced with ‘at’ to prevent spamming).
Should you wish to discuss anything further, please contact your child’s Pupil Support Leader.