By Vicki Allendorf, Iowa Partnerships for Success Project Coordinator |
Over seven weeks parents and youth from Manchester made improving family relationships their priority.
The Strengthening Families program taught them evidenced-based strategies and skills to help youth reduce problem behaviors, prevent alcohol and drug abuse, and improve social skills and school performance.
In one group, teens and pre-teens played games to teach them how to get along with their peers and parents. Separately, parents learned how to build a positive relationship with their children. Then families came together to identify what makes them strong, how to solve problems together, and ways to strengthen their communications, all while having fun.