Expert on Teen Boys Helps Parents and Educators with the High Wire Act of Guiding Teenage Boys

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Help for parents of teen boys is available at a Sonoma County event called Parenting Teen Boys & Other High Wire Acts led by professional facilitator and popular teen expert, Mitch DeArmon at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, California on Saturday, February 5, 2005.

Here’s a variation on an old joke, “What do raising a teen boy and walking a high wire have in common?…If you have to ask, you’re not a parent of a teen boy!” Evoking the humor and teaching the skills required to get parents of teen boys to the other side of that wire is the focus of a new workshop Parenting Teen Boys & Other High Wire Acts led by professional facilitator and popular community expert, Mitch DeArmon. It will be held at the Luther Burbank Center on Saturday, February 5, 2005 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Parents of teen boys are operating with very little support. And their job is extremely difficult. The fate of our families and our communities rests in how well parents and educators can walk that wire, and how well the rest of us provide a net,” says DeArmon. Parents, educators, and other caretakers are welcome, and assured to leave with new skills and renewed confidence that they can effectively deal with their teenage boys.

Participants will discover what they can do to influence and guide the teen years. Discussion will include discipline for teen boys, dealing with addictions, peer pressure, breaking the law, school, and hormones, as well as encouraging character, independence, and responsibility.

Some practice will be given to effectively conveying that most difficult of all words… “No.” And just as important, parents will learn new methods that inspire boys to earn the privileges that become milestones into manhood. DeArmon will also provide strategic models for the unique roles of each parent as it pertains to teen boys. Mothers will learn where to step back and have the men in the boy’s life take over, and fathers and other male caregivers learn how to mentor and parent more effectively. Parenting as a single parents and as a team are also covered.

Mitch DeArmon is an authority on teen boys often called upon by Sonoma County school systems, courts, and non-profit youth agencies to create individual and group programs. As the founder of LeadershipWorks, an organization dedicated to serving young men and their families through mentoring, workshops, and consulting, his work touches the lives of thousands. He is the recipient of a private grant of $240,000 which funded his work on initiation and mentoring programs, At the Parenting Teen Boys & Other High Wire Acts event, DeArmon will share the transformative results he sees on a regular basis working with young men and their families.

To learn more or to register, call LeadershipWorks at 707-876-3100 or visit The $50 fee for the day includes lunch. (The workshop is given in English, but translation to Spanish will be available upon request.)

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