Workshop: 'Improving Communication Between Immigrant Parents, Americanized Teens'

Free parenting session in San Ramon aims to support immigrant families

As many parents can attest to, raising and communicating with a teenager can be no easy task, and for immigrant parents caring for children who grew up in the United States, these issues can become exasperated when communication and cultural conflicts collide.

To help provide insight and facilitate improved communication between immigrant parents and their teens, the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and the Culture to Culture Foundation have partnered to bring a workshop to San Ramon, "Improving Understanding and Communication between Immigrant Parents and their Americanized Teens and Pre-teens."

The free-to-attend workshop, part of Stanford Health Care's Communication Health Interactive for Parents of Adolescents and Others (CHIPAO) program, will discuss topics that can cause friction between these two groups such as school, relationships, cultural identity, academic and personal success, and challenging stigma against mental health.

According to the Tri-Valley workshop organizers, the event will use role-playing to demonstrate typical problems and strategies toward having more productive conversations between parents and teens, as well as a question-and-answer forum.

Refreshments will be served at the free parenting workshop, which will be held May 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dougherty Valley High School Commons, 10550 Albion Road in San Ramon.

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