Free parenting classes start soon at Beaver Lake Middle School

October 13, 2010

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 13, 2010

Much of parenting is on the job learning, but parents can get a break with a free parenting class offered by Friends of Youth.

The five-week class, Guiding Good Choices, is based on best practices research. Classes will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and one Thursday, including Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 18 at Beaver Lake Middle School, 25025 S.E. 32nd St.

“It’s about creating family bonds and strengthening family bonds,” Friends of Youth Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist Sara Hildebrand said.

Each week, parents will learn practical skills that will help strengthen their relationships with their children, focusing on ages 9 to 15.

Contact Hildebrand at 888-4151, ext. 201, or at sara@friendsofyouth.org to register.

“It doesn’t tell them how to parent, but it gives them some tips they can work into their daily routines,” Hildebrand said, explaining that if parents have clear policies when their children are younger, youths will understand the family’s expectations for good behavior as they approach middle and high school.

  • Hildebrand will focus on a different topic each lesson, including:
  • Getting started: How to prevent drug use in your family
  • Setting guidelines: How to develop healthy beliefs and clear standards
  • Avoiding trouble: How to say no to drugs
  • Managing conflict: How to control and express your anger constructively
  • Involving everyone: How to strengthen family bonds
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