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Family wellness for parents and kids offered

Staff reports

The Family Support Council is offering a class for parents and children ages 9 and up, called Family Wellness.

“Parenting programs are usually geared toward parents,” says Deborah Van Bruggen, coordinator of the Parents and Children Together parent education program. “But this class looks at the whole family. The parents and children attend the class together and actually practice the skills being taught each night.”

The focus of each session varies, ranging from the roles of parents and children in healthy families to couples’ issues, changes in healthy families, problem-solving, instilling values and preparing children for the world.

This program helps parents remember they are the leaders of their family. Children are encouraged to get good at something, belong to and contribute to the family, follow family rules and learn how to talk to their parents about the rules.

The class format provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where participants learn to try new skills through the use of demonstrations and group exercises. Part of the Family Wellness course includes coaching. The instructors will help families through role-plays to solve a particular problem.

Participants have had this to say about Family Wellness:

“We had problems, and our solutions weren’t working. Having everyone attend the same class helped us work better together because we had the same information.”

“I found session one most helpful because I needed to know I still had authority, a voice and worth as a parent.”

“I learned better to know what I wanted and how to negotiate.”

The next Family Wellness class will be held seven consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 1 in Gardnerville. There is a $15 charge for class materials. There is free child care on the premises for children under the age of 9.

Two other parenting courses are also being offered. Parenting Young Children, for parents of children 0-5 years of age, begins on Oct. 2. Effective Parenting, for parents of 6- to 12-year-olds begins on Sept. 30.

For more information or to register, call Family Support Council, 782-8692.