Helping Parents and Teens Grow Together.
Think a parenting group might be right for you? BGC of Greater Victoria provides nationally developed parenting programs for teens and pre-teens based on a model of education and group support.
What are meetings like?
- education on relevant parenting issues and common concerns raised in your group
- support and connection with other parents
Relationships matter. In providing guidance to kids current research tells us that good relationships are key to healthy development and healthy families. When parents and kids are connected, kids are more willing to accept suggestions, ask for help and discuss options.
BGC Parenting Programs are based on the belief that all families have the ability to make positive changes in their family relationships.
Parents of preteens/teens are taking on a new role. Moving from manager to consultant, they are still very much involved and connected to their youth, but not calling all the shots. It is important for parents to encourage independence and decision-making so that their youth are equipped with the life skills that set them up for success.
Providing discipline is complex. Many parents are looking for support that addresses their current parenting issues in a positive and respectful way and encourages them to focus on what is best for their family. Boys and Girls Club Parenting Programs can help.
Programs are offered throughout Greater Victoria. They are held where parents need them, in schools, in child youth and family centres, in neighbourhoods to provide easy access by parents.
Parenting Without Power Struggles
A co-facilitated program for parents of preteens. This program generally runs 10 weeks.
- The changing relationship
- Adolescent development
- Communicating with a preteen
- Self-care for parents
- Values and perceptions
- Connection and understanding
- Capacity building
- Working towards independence
Parents In The Know
A co-facilitated program for parents of teens. Guest speakers may be invited for specific topics.
The group generally runs for 10 weeks. A participant manual is provided to families.
- Attachment and relationship-based practices
- Communication and 6 critical messages
- Developmental changes in pre-adolescence
- Adolescent brain development
- Boundaries, and turning over responsibility as appropriate
- Self care – taking back your life
- Adolescent mental health
- Substance use and teens
Sometimes parenting challenges can feel overwhelming. This program for parents of teens provides ongoing support. Topics are similar to Parents In The Know. A manual and materials are provided to participants. Parents may stay in the group as long as they feel they need support and help in their daily parenting.
Issues / Needs in the Community that Programs Address
Many parents who reach out for support feel guilty, blamed by others, isolated, and unsure about what to do. BGC Parenting Programs can help parents address these feelings in a confidential, on-judgemental group setting.
BGC Parenting Programs are professionally facilitated education and support programs for parents of preteens and teens. Parents come to the group with a wide range of concerns regarding their youth:
- teen mental health
- lack of motivation (school attendance)
- drug/alcohol use
- abusive or aggressive actions
- defiant/rebellious attitude
Phone 250-384-9133 Ext. 222