Published on February 18th, 2015 | by Deb Wolf0
Guiding Good Choices
Are your kids 9-14 years old? “GUIDING GOOD CHOICES” is a 5-session Parenting workshop series to be held Wednesdays, January 17-February 14, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Aldrich Public Library. This aids parents and caregivers of children, in grades four through eight, to learn skills as their kids enter middle school and high school–crucial transition times when communication is key and messages about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is consistent.
The course will cover how to set clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences; how to control and express anger constructively; understanding the teenage brain; promoting family bonds; and preparing kids with “refusal” skills when peer influence might lead to trouble.
“Guiding Good Choices” to help parents improve family bonding and reduce risk of teenage drug use
Montpelier, VT – Central Vermont New Directions Coalition (CVNDC), which serves Montpelier and the surrounding WCSU towns and Washington County, is pleased to offer the award-winning parenting class Guiding Good Choices on Wednesdays, March 15-April 12. Guiding Good Choices is a free, five-session workshop that aids parents and/or caregivers of fourth through eighth graders. The course covers:
1- Understanding the adolescent brain, risk factors, protective factors
2- Setting clear guidelines and follow through with positive and negative consequences
3- Preparing kids to respond to peer influence, refusal skills
4- Conflict management, controlling and expressing anger constructively
5- Strengthening family bonds and increasing children’s participation
It is important to reach kids early–before middle school and before high school are crucial times. Guiding Good Choices has an excellent track record for preventing youth alcohol and drug use and abuse.
A local parent who has taken Guiding Good Choices says, “If you have kids, you owe it to yourself and your family to take this course.” Many parents feel they don’t have much influence over their child’s behavior, but research shows just the opposite. Parents are the number one influence on their child’s use of substances. In the mid 90s, Dr. David Hawkins and Dr. Richard Catalano of the University of Washington looked at 19 risk factors that affect children in their teenage years. They discovered that parents and other adult caregivers can play a major role in keeping kids on track.
Come learn the skills to keep your child safe and yourself sane! The next Guiding Good Choices workshop for parents and caregivers of fourth through eighth graders is FREE and begins soon.
Childcare provided with reservation.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
This session is sponsored by Central Vermont New Directions Coalition in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health Regional Prevention Partnerships grant to encourage healthy behavior and prevent substance use and abuse in Washington County.