Friends of Youth offers parenting workshops

September 23, 2008

By Staff

If you’ve ever wondered how you are going to approach the issues of drugs, alcohol and othe

r unhealthy behaviors with your children, Friends of Youth has tips for you. 

Parents are invited to attend a free five-week workshop series, called Guiding Good Choices, which centers on how to increase their effectiveness in influencing their ages 9-14 children’s decisions regarding risky behaviors. 

The workshops include research-based information about adolescent behaviors, development and peer systems, and discusses ways to handle the sometimes-unpredictable behaviors and personality traits of young adults. 

The workshops also help parents gather the skills necessary to enforce family rules and set boundaries for their children, as well as identify ways parents can increase their children’s involvement in the family and strengthen family bonds. 

The overall goal of their workshops is to help parents reduce their children’s risk for engaging in dangerous behaviors, like substance abuse. 

Topics of the sessions include how to prevent drug use (with reports of local data), how to set healthy beliefs and clear standards, how to control and express anger, how to strengthen family bonds, how to say no to drugs and avoiding trouble.

The workshops are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 30 and ending Oct. 28. Sessions are held in Room 135 at Liberty High School, 16655 S.E. 136th St., Renton.

Learn more by calling 888-6683, ext. 204.

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