The Oneida County Health Department is hosting series of classes beginning next month to help parents with young teenagers get through what can be interesting times.
Community Health Specialist Jennifer Chiamulera says the 'Strengthening Families' program helps parents of young people between ages 10 and 14 to get together one time a week for seven weeks to help build a bond with their kids..
"...get some skills for some of the struggles they might, you know, struggles they're inevitably going to experience as they move through middle school...."
Chiamulera says they build what she calls a 'family shield'....
"...so they talk about what their family values are, recognize those values and use them when they are out dealing with peer pressure. Dealing with stress, what does stress look like? What are strategies to overcome that? Using love and limits. How do you show love? How do you show love to your family and parents. How do parents show love to the youth and how do limits help?..."
Chiamulera says the health department is hosting a free education night to see if the program is a good fit for your family. Parents, caregivers and community members are invited on Thursday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. at James Williams Middle School library. The Strengthening Families program is free, childcare provided for younger children and a family meal is served each evening.
More information is available by contacting the Oneida County Health Department.