Information Sessions – Tip #42
Attending information sessions can often feel like just another obligation in a long list of them. Information is power. If your military resource or family support centre, unit or community centres I recommend getting yourself there. Drag your tweens or teens with you as hearing the information from other source, sadly, gives it more believeablity and validity then if you just said it. They may be annoyed, appear disinterested or bored but they are listening and may get answers to questions they didn’t even know they had.
* Make it a required family event
* Offer to include dinner or ice cream afterwards
* Call ahead to ensure that it is age appropriate (the worst thing that can happen is that you get there and they are doing a presentation for younger children and feel like you think they are a ‘baby’)
* Ask to be included on mail-outs or emails so you will know what is happening and if there are courses or workshops that your teen would enjoy or benefit from
* Take information and flyers and leave them in a central location at home (your tween or teen may not want to appear interested or ‘uncool’ so this way they can look at the information in private and on their own time)