Parents, do you want to maintain a positive relationship with your children during what can be the challenging teen years?

Come strengthen your parent/youth communication and prevent teen substance abuse and violent and aggressive behavior through this seven-week program.

All parents/guardians and their children ages 10 to 14
Each  of the seven nights will be broken into two sessions. For the first session:

  1. Your children will take part in games and activities that teach them how to get along with their peers and parents.
  2. You will learn how to build a positive relationship with your children.

Then you will come together for family time. During this second session, your family will identify what makes you strong, how to solve problems together, and ways to strengthen your communications, all while having fun.

“I’d like to add a plug for this program, having attended it with my family several years ago. I hope you will share it with others.

It is a very valuable program even for families that already believe themselves to be strong and nurturing. I encourage everyone—people who work in a variety of social services—to consider this, not only for their clients and populations that they serve, but also for themselves and their own families. The content is relevant, interesting, informative, and fun. It provides another opportunity for families to be together in a unique setting.

I confess that when we signed up for the class, we were taking advantage of the free meal (that I didn’t have to prepare!). And that alone is worth it. But the time we spent together as a family in this program was extremely valuable.

We hear all the time that it takes a village to raise children. I am grateful to Helping Services and this program for helping us to raise our children. Thanks.”—Matt Zanger

Free light meal and childcare for younger siblings are provided.   Program is available in Delaware County. 


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach created this program.



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