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This workshop will show you how to handle the toughest challenges facing you
and facing your son

Parenting Your
Teenage Son

Mentor your son to become happier and more independent resulting in a calmer
and more cooperative home

WORKSHOP DATES 2017

June 9th - 11th; Santa Cruz
 
September 15th - 17th; Napa

November 10th - 11th; San Rafael

* All workshops cover the same material; 3 day workshops are in conjunction with YMUW

FREE conference call – learn how this workshop can help you
Thursdays, 8 - 9 pm: June 1st, September 7th, November 2nd
Call info: (605) 477 -2100; access code: 564523#

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Whats Happening

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Raising a preteen and teenage son is harder than ever before. Both current scientific research and our own personal experiences as parents tell us that our sons are at alarmingly high risk for irresponsibility, laziness, feeling entitled, struggling in school, legal issues, immature social behaviors and emotional problems – as well as drug, alcohol and digital addiction.

On top of that, I know that many of you are busier than ever – taking care of your personal needs, performing well at work, and then giving your best to care for your family. With all of this, you may feel like you are stretched too thin. I know it can be disheartening to admit that you can't always do what you know is right to help your son.

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is this your son

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Overly attentive to media mania & attached to his digital devices?

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Unable to manage his frustration and anger?

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Difficult, defiant or oppositional to your best intentions and behaviors?

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Withdrawing deeper in to his own world?

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Hanging out with his friends more than he should?

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Indifferent to successfully adapting to young adulthood?

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Becoming more disrespectful to you and his siblings?

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Cynical about the consequences of his actions?

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Irresponsibly exploring drugs and alcohol?

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If You Answered Yes
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I know what this is like

I know what this is like. When I raised my teenagers, I thought I knew what I was doing but, in fact, I was a major contributor to the anxiety and depression my children had. At that time, the most peaceful times happened when we retreated into our separate bedrooms, when we avoided being with each other. We truly loved each other but we usually didn't relate well. This was painful for me to live with.

I wasn’t able to look at the underlying causes of the painful experiences we were having. That's what prevented me from creating an emotionally safe home environment for my family and myself.

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My Son Was a Good Boy
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This Workshop Will Answer The Question: My Son Used To Be A Good Boy – What Happened?

As happens to most children, your son suffered from emotional wounding when he was younger. Whatever the family, social or educational stressors were, your son did not have the skills to integrate those experiences and move on to a life without shame, guilt or fear.

Many young men become challenging because they're acting out their resentment towards others or because of their self-doubt. They have low self-respect and usually don't respond well to praise from others, no matter how many attempts are made to increase their self-esteem.

In this workshop, I'll give you the biological perspective you'll need in order to really understand what causes your son's compulsive thoughts and impulsive behaviors. By avoiding unnecessary psychological concepts, you'll learn how to use your innate parenting leadership skills to transform your relationship with your challenging teenage son.

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How this Workshop Will Help

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I've had years of experience helping families using my proven system, called The RIGHT Way for Family Unity®. This method integrates ageless family wisdom with the sciences of adolescent brain development, parent bonding, personal growth and stress management.

My method recognizes there is no one right way for parents to have a successful marriage, a cooperative divorce or raise resilient, happy children. Its main benefit is that it leads parents to find a Way that's right for them, so they can confidently lead their challenging teenage son to enjoy a life filled with positive beliefs and productive behaviors.

In this workshop, I'll show you how to use this method to prevent problems with your pre-teen sons. If you already have a challenging teenage son, The RIGHT Way for Family Unity® will give you the tips and techniques you'll need to restore a caring and mutually beneficial relationship with him.

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Not Convinced?

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"I'm very glad I came to this workshop - it exceeded my expectations! The information and techniques were practical. I learned better ways to communicate with my grandson better with less tension and more relaxation." - Bertha Arteaga, Grandmother
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"You are amazing. Could it be that your lifelong quest of being the Buddha is through the individuals and families you have touched? You have given so much to others, Mark, especially to our family at a time of critical need. I will follow your instructions to improve my relationship with my son." - Lou Ann Elder, Married Mother
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"The seminar was great for me and the YMUW was good for my son! Thank you!" - Kathy Brewington, Single Parent
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My sons Anthony and Trey attended the YMUW and I attended the accompanying parent workshop. The workshop helped me understand what’s happening biologically for my teenage sons and gave me the skills I need to help them. As a divorced mom I learned how to get the support I need from my sons. I highly recommend this! -Monica Nowakowski, LCSW
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This parenting weekend exceeded my expectations! I don’t think it could be improved. I love your method. -Kirsten Ritchel
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I loved your teaching style, clarity and sensitivity! I learned so many new ways to handle the difficult situations I encounter with my children. Thank you for helping me and my family. -Katherine Weiser
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I was inspired by the use of ceremony throughout the weekend. The program was great. -Rick McKinney
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Mark not only provided a safe, unconditional space for me to honestly work through my parenting issues but he also gave me grounded, easy to understand tools to help me be a better husband and father. -Craig Stokes
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I appreciate your intensity, humor and being so organized with the material. The practical, real life parenting challenges we face were directly addressed. Our family was on the brink of disaster…2 kids acting out and a failing marriage. We now have a box of tools to use that deeply support our kids, our marriage and ourselves that we can use immediately. I have shifted out of despair and now believe that we will thrive using these methods. -Marika Stokes
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It was great meeting you the parenting workshop. Noah came home from the YMUW behaving exactly as you predicted and we are using the language skills you taught in the workshop. The household is less reactive and we are moving in the RIGHT direction. I look forward to our paths crossing again. -Steve Gabay

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Right Way Principle

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My teachings are based on the premise that there's nothing wrong with you or your son - there's no fixing or saving anyone in this model. It's about keeping the natural evolution of everyone's life moving in the right direction. We accomplish this by using The RIGHT Way for Family Unity® model, which avoids unnecessary over – analysis of the normal challenges that families have successfully dealt with for thousands of years.

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I want you to know
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With all of my years of experience, I know that most young men will turn their lives around. While it's true that some teenagers suffer from psychiatric, learning or developmental disabilities, as well as behavioral and emotional disorders, I believe all of these issues are a minority of the causes that create challenging sons.

My experience has been that most challenging young men respond favorably to adults who are calm, confident and skilled in helping them discover who they are and who are mentoring them to develop the healthy behaviors that will allow them to creatively express themselves.

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Everything taught at this workshop is designed to help your son look within, to find the answers to his challenges. This will satisfy his need to start thinking for himself. Of course, we'll teach you how to make it safe for him to ask you for help, but the emphasis is on his personal growth and his problem solving skills.

I'll teach you how to restore your relationship with your son AND how to have more time and energy to remember who you are, and to enjoy your life more!

 

The Purpose

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To teach parents how to use their authority and influence to create collaborative relationships with their sons. This is done by integrating the values of all family members, so that their sons become more fulfilled and independent.

This is a no-nonsense workshop that draws out the innate wisdom and leadership skills of the parents, while providing the tips and tools necessary for handling the toughest family issues, even with difficult, defiant or oppositional sons.

You'll Learn How To:

Use choices and consequences
Lead your son to make better decisions
Communicate in a language your son understands
Mentor your son into adulthood
Stop reacting to his annoying behaviors
Respect your son's masculine wisdom

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If you like boot camps, you'll like this workshop - no one has ever told me the workshop is boring! It's insightful, exciting, soulful, revealing, relaxing and intense.

My integral approach to teaching includes ceremonies, PowerPoint, open forum discussion, storytelling, stress reduction techniques, role playing, music and handouts. This involves everyone in the learning experience.

I love making parents laugh! Humor occupies a large part of the workshop. How else can we bear the burdens of parenting our challenging teenage sons!

I'm passionate and capable of helping people discover the right answers to their challenges. I really enjoy giving my gift of helping parents convert their personal and family issues into understandable concepts and then into practical solutions.

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Agenda Overview

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* All workshops cover the same material; 2 day workshops are in conjunction with YMUW

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Registration 8:45 - 9:00AM (walk-ins are welcome)

9:00AM – 9:00PM Workshop Program

There will be a midday break for free time to eat, rest, swim, hot tub, use the spa (massage facials, etc) - whatever you need to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

Saturday Topics

When a young man sees his parents divided or unsure how to raise him to become more independent, his survival instincts drive him to assume more control of the house - no matter how ineffectively or immaturely he may be doing it.

The workshop teaches you how to mindfully use your clarity, confidence and compassion to make your home safe for your son, so he can voice his fears and ask to receive your help. You'll learn an 8 step process - which uses The RIGHT Way for Family Unity® (LINK to page) method - to restore peace in your home and help your son successfully adapt to the challenges of his young adult life.

8 Steps

1) Relaxing- by learning simple stress management techniques to reduce your impulsive reactions, your son will eventually calm down and feel secure enough to talk to you.

2) Responding - by clearly communicating and modeling your values, your son will no longer have the excuse not to behave, simply because his parents don't act right either (HINT: you speak to his biology way more than to his psychology)

3) Relationship - by strengthening your bond to your spouse or former spouse, your son won't be able to divide you and will begin to trust your leadership (FYI - I am a divorced parent who is successfully co-parenting!)

4) Revealing - by helping your son discover what his values are, your son is more likely to participate in healthier activities

5) Restoring - by supporting everyone to get what they want and need, your son will instinctively want to return to the safety of his family

6) Rallying - by properly activating his masculine wisdom, your son will take up the challenge to be responsible for his physical health, financial wealth, mental well being and spiritual peace

7) Resourcing - by getting outside mentors, tutors and health practitioners (if necessary), your son will learn how to care for himself on his life's journey

8) Rejoicing - by creating a home where all beings are supported to respectfully and creatively express themselves, your son will always want to stay attached to his family

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Program 9:00AM- 12:00PM

Learning The RIGHT Way® principles on Saturday gives us a foundation to explore every possible concern that parents have with their sons.

The first part of the morning covers the Do's and Don'ts of raising your son, whether his resistance to you is mild or severe. With practice, these procedures are easy to apply so you can demonstrate to your son that you are capable of leading him in the right direction.

Afterwards, we'll dive into the most difficult problems parents are having with their sons and how to resolve them. Over the years of teaching this course, I've found these to be the hardest topics parents want to know how to deal with:
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*substance abuse *digital dependency *household chores *bullying *anxiety & depression *suicide
*dating & sex *sexting & pornography *gang involvement *anger & aggression *avoiding homework *sibling rivalry
*failing grades *sleep deprivation *lying *peer pressure *eating disorders *ADHD

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My research reveals no shortage of parenting experts trying to convince you they know better than you how to navigate your son in the right direction. Thankfully, by this point in the workshop, you'll know how to use The RIGHT Way for Family Unity® to create procedures that are right for you in dealing with behavior that's out of integrity with your household values.

The technique that puts it all together is called The Choice Consequence Pathway. It's based on your values and your son's values - combining positive psychology (nurturing the natural desire for happiness) and self- inquiry (looking within for answers) - to activate his natural biological ambition to thoroughly care for himself.

Parents love this technique because it prevents them from making up consequences they can't enforce (which would only cause your son to distrust you more). Equally important, it minimizes the possibility of the son manipulating them into changing their mind about restoring household integrity.

In the workshop, you'll also get the benefit of hearing how other parents have resolved their most difficult issues with their son. We'll all share our solutions and our sorrows, as we bond together to inform and inspire each other to help our families move in the right direction.
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Right for you if

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This Workshop Is Right For You If You Want Your Son To Have:
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circle arrow_Spacer Respect for himself (the foundation for happiness)
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circle arrow_Spacer Willpower to ask for help
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circle arrow_Spacer Greater confidence to express himself creatively

 


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Nutshell

circle arrow_Spacer FREE REPORT: “5 Ways to Help Your Son RIGHT Now”
circle arrow_Spacer FREE CD: “Parenting Challenging Children” (this recording is from the New Living Expo in San Francisco, where I moderated a panel of family experts)
circle arrow_Spacer OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN CHALLENGINGTEENAGESONS.COM "MEMBERSHIP ONLY PAGE: This includes access to our archived information including:
circle arrow_Spacer Our monthly newsletters filled with insightful tips and techniques.
circle arrow_Spacer My monthly interviews with guest parenting experts
circle arrow_Spacer Articles that I've written about working with challenging sons
circle arrow_Spacer My classes and workshops - in a video format.
circle arrow_Spacer Our podcasts, recorded twice month), which cover topics of importance to our parents
circle arrow_Spacer My “Whiteboard” sessions - These are video summaries of my private sessions with parents or young men, and show how I work with one-on-one coaching.
circle arrow_Spacer Links to other websites that provide resources which may also help you

 

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Why the Cost is So Affordable: $295
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Over the years, lots of parents have been referred to me by friends of theirs who’ve been happy with the results from my workshops and coaching. Unfortunately, some of the parents who called were not able to afford my services.

What motivates me to do this work is my belief that the world will be safer and more prosperous when parents can teach their sons to take better care of themselves. It's that Purpose which prompted my decision to make my workshops more available to parents who need tips and techniques to deal with their challenging teenage son.

Guarantee
By lunch time Saturday, if you don’t think that this workshop is right for you, you'll get a full refund back. No problem.

Click here for workshop details (for location, date and time)

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Really Important
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It's not reasonable for parents to think that by attending this workshop, both they and their sons are going to favorably respond overnight. How can we help your son more directly? By having him attend a really unique weekend experience.


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Solution
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By sending your son to a modern, non-religious rite of passage initiation that I founded (called the Young Men's Ultimate Weekend), your son will learn some of the same philosophy and technology that you will in the parenting workshop. With parents and sons communicating in the same language, the natural individuation process of the son will be a lot smoother, with less friction, better teamwork and more respect.Click here to check out the site!

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Therapists
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When I'm teaching family specialists to do this work, I emphasize most young men are resistant to talk therapy because they can't just sit down in an office and automatically become emotional about things that sadden, anger or frustrate them. I show therapists, educators and parents how to create an environment where young men feel safe to experience the altered and often uncontrollable state of grief.

I explain why the biological impulses of challenging young men are more powerful than the psychological processes adults try to put them through. In the workshop, I share the strategies I use to get young men to open up and honestly voice what's true for them.

I'm happy to say I have (with the help of my former wife, Suzanne) successfully parented my challenging teenage son, Gabe, and my challenging teenage daughter, Becca, to become happy and productive adults. I could not be more proud of them or more in love with them. I am thrilled and honored to share the technology with you so that you too may enjoy a family filled with peace, love and trust.

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I want to hear from you! I'll do my best to personally be available to speak with you if you have any questions about the workshop. Contact me at (415) 785 - 8818 or at info@ChallengingTeenageSons.com.

I hope to see you at the workshop!

True,

Dr. Mark