|Fall series geared for county parents of kids ages 7 to 14|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:22|
PEMBERVILLE - A healthy, happy life is all about choices, especially when you're young. Kids today face choices their parents didn't have; not all of them good ones.
With this in mind, the Wood County Educational Service Center will offer "Guiding Good Choices" at Pemberville Elementary School, 120 College Ave., beginning Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
The popular and free five-part series helps parents of kids 7 to 14 years old teaches parents how to:
• Reduce problem behaviors;
• Establish clear guidelines and healthy beliefs;
• Help their kids say no to risky situations;
• Control anger and family conflict;
• Involve everyone to strengthen family bonds.
Guiding Good Choices makes it easy for parents to attend by offering child care for children aged 4 and older as well as a light dinner. Weekly door prizes and attendance gifts also make sessions fun. During each class instructor Greg Bonnell shares tips for handling difficult behaviors "from tot tantrums to teen tirades," pointers for avoiding addiction, and methods for preventing the arguments that can undermine family relationships.
Each session gives parents an opportunity to share experiences with one another, Bonnell reports. In fact, he adds, participants enjoy these discussions so much that they have asked him to lengthen the class time.
Guiding Good Choices is offered several times each year in various locations around Wood County. It is supported by the federal Safe Schools Health Students grant. To register, call the Wood County ESC at 419-354-9010. Drop-ins to the class are welcome.
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