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Parenting Teenage Boys? New Family Program Reveals Answers To Raising Teenage Boys


BRISBANE, Australia July, 2013 – Parents – fathers and mothers alike – are always looking for improved ways to survive and thrive during the teenage years with their sons. In the technological landscape of today, many parents are finding parenting teenage boys extremely challenging. Today’s fathers and mothers have new reasons to worry about their sons: how can they protect their son from the evils of this omnipresent online world that offers a host of distractions that keep them tuned-in, and dropping out in record numbers?

In the face of this and the many and varied challenges, how can parents help their son grow and mature through these difficulties and emerge as a confident and respectable young man?

As clinical psychologist Anthony E. Wolf put so well, “Once adolescence begins, teenage boys go to their rooms, close the doors, turn on the stereo, and come out four years later.”*

According to parenting expert, professional speaker and author Andy Roy, parenting teenage boys is often challenging, and parents become worried and frustrated when their teenage sons withdraw from them, and their previously good relationships become strained and combative. This separation is a natural phase for all teenagers, a phase that if misunderstood or resisted, is the source of most of the conflict and drama in homes today.

Andy Roy’s organisation, Powerhouse Programs, has helped many parents searching for guidance on how to make the necessary changes in their parenting during this separation phase. Based in Brisbane, the organisation’s main objective is simply that: to help parents confidently navigate these years when parenting teenage boys becomes a job few would want. Andy Roy and Stephen Halsall established Powerhouse Programs in 2011 to deliver unique programs that are designed, primarily, to support the changing nature of parenting and relationships between father, mother and son.

One such program that offers a way to navigate teenage withdrawals and destructive behaviours is ‘Building Bridges’ which is attended by both fathers and their sons.  Through this program, the fathers get a chance to reflect on their own lives and their own journey into manhood. Boys get to see their dads in a new light and to look at the kind of man they want to be… and that starts right away!

‘Building Bridges’ inspires a healthy change in many men and boys. There are games, life-skills and storytelling to make this adventurous program a fun and rewarding experience for all fathers and sons. ‘Building Bridges’ is run one evening a week (over a period of six weeks) or alternatively over a single weekend.

Many fathers and sons have benefited from attending this program as it elicits positive change and a much needed deepening of the relationship shared between fathers and their sons:

Connor, 13, like many boys wasn’t expecting the program to be very good at all.  But after ‘Building Bridges’, he says that the program “broadened my view on life and gave me a whole new perspective...” 

Fletcher, 16, said of the program, “It’s about building connections, connections with my dad and with others... it’s really worthwhile.”

In Andy’s book ‘Raising Teenage Boys’, he acknowledges that parenting teenage boys today can feel lonely and confusing. Is there a parent out there who would disagree? And that’s why Andy is so committed to empowering mothers and fathers with the right skills and communication tools to encourage their son to stay connected during those crucial teenage years.

Visit for details about ‘Building Bridges’ and other programs on offer regarding support for parenting teenage boys.


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