More than 60,000 grandparents in Arizona are raising their grandchildren. To support these “grandfamilies,” local nonprofit Duet: Partners In Health & Aging will be hosting two new workshops that help grandparents better relate to and communicate with their pre-teens and teenage grandchildren. In addition, Duet hosts ongoing support groups for grandparents in the East Valley and Ahwatukee to help address the unique needs of raising a second family.
“Grandparents who step up to care for and raise their teenage grandchildren deserve respect and appreciation,” says ShaRon Rea, who has partnered with Duet to offer these free workshops. “Their grandchild's behavior and moods may look unrecognizable to them. This creates power struggles, confusion and who really knows what’s going on in the mind of a teenager? What I bring are specific techniques to increase a grandparent's confidence, which helps make their job of parenting this new generation easier.”
Upcoming workshops include:
The Survival Kit for Grandparents of Pre-teens and Teens Join us for this fantastic workshop with ShaRon Rea of The Whole Family Coaching and Mentoring to help build better relationships with your teenagers. Learn the tools to open communication, support your teens toward success, and create peace in your home. When: Wednesday, September 25, and Wednesday, October 9 Time: 9-11 a.m. Where: Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 South 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044 Lunch: Free RSVP: Contact Chris at (602) 274-5022, ext. 115, or email@example.com.
Why Can’t You Hear Me When I’m Yelling at You? LOL Join us for this engaging workshop with ShaRon Rea to help build better relationships with your teenagers. Learn the tools to reduce arguments and misunderstandings. Have a deeper connection and understanding with your teenagers. When: Saturday, October 19 Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Duet, 10000 North 31st Avenue, Suite D200, Phoenix, AZ 85051 Lunch: Free RSVP: Contact Chris at (602) 274-5022, ext. 115, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing Duet support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren:
Mesa Support Group Monthly, first Thursday of every month, 6 – 8 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church 2745 North 32nd Street, Mesa, AZ 85213 Child care is limited for this group. Call to register: (480) 262-8154
Ahwatukee Support Group Monthly, second and fourth Wednesday of every month, 9 – 11 a.m. Mountain View Lutheran Church 11002 South 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Grandparents may end up raising grandchildren for a variety of reasons, including incarceration, drug and alcohol addiction, abuse or neglect, death, or other factors. Duet offers support for grandparents raising grandchildren through free-of-charge support groups, legal guidance and assistance, funds for extracurricular activities, information and guided assistance, educational workshops and outings.
To learn more about how Duet supports grandparents raising grandchildren, visit duetaz.org/grandparents-raising-grandchildren.