Young people are growing up in a different world to the one we were raised in. The world is harsher, harder and faster than it was a generation ago.
Parents are more stressed, exhausted and guilty than before, torn between the demands of work and family life, pushing themselves to be everything to everyone. Young people are faced with a consumer culture that emphasises materialistic values and perfection, as well as a culture of always on, with the various gadgets and app’s they use to communicate with each other.
Though there are many challenges to raising children today, having a close connection with them not only increases your influence, despite outside forces, but helps you build your child’s confidence and teach them the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school, relationships and life.
Family Matters services focus on emotional well-being and communication skills that build better relationships. Services include parenting courses, one to one parent support, counselling and workshops for primary and secondary schools with a focus on building the social and emotional skills of young people.