Adults remember their adolescence, and young people going through that period of their lives often struggle with it. The Oneida County Health Department has a series of programs coming up that might give families some help.
Community Health Specialist Meagan Neis says the weekly program gives families greater insight...
"....we learn tools to tackle this time of adolescence. We use the tag line, 'do you wish your kids come with an instruction manual?' So do we. It's designed for any family to get the tools to navigate through adolescence which is proving to be a more difficult time to get through nowadays..."
Neis says youth today have many different things coming at them, more than their parents had to contend with...
"....I think one of the biggest things is just learning how to communicate and that has posed its own problems for the last 30 years.I think a strong bond with a caring adult is one of the strong influences on the growth of a child...."
The program is called "Strengthening Families: For Parents and Youth Ages 10 to 14". The program will meet weekly beginning April 6 for seven consecutive Thursdays at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Rhinelander. There is no cost to attend, transportation reimbursement is available and meals and childcare provided for younger siblings.
Registration is required and contact Meagan Neis at the Oneida County Health Department for more information