All parents welcome |

All parents welcome

by Joyce Hollister

Symposium at DHS: Parents and interested adults can learn usable tools for raising responsible teen-agers

Parents who want to learn how and where to get advice on raising responsible teen-agers are welcome to the Parent Symposium set for April 21.

The event is sponsored by the Douglas County School District, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, District Courts, Juvenile Probation, Partnership of Community Resources and Family Support Council.

Symposiums in the past have been well-attended by parents and other adults in the community, according to Carson Valley Middle School Principal Roger Gerson.

“The speakers are always well received,” Gerson said. “The comments are always favorable. Parents come away with usable tools they can apply immediately. Community members have a better understanding of what’s happening in the Valley with our youth.”

Gerson said the symposium is an opportunity for parents and interested community members to get together and learn new information and revisit some that they had heard before.

“It helps them get familiar with the community resources that can help them with their children and with family issues. The symposium is information-based and gets them in touch with the resources available.”

Many of the presenters are from Valley agencies.

The symposium will begin at 6:30 p.m. with keynote speaker Mariano Sanchez, followed by two break-out sessions, from 7:10 to 8 p.m. and 8:10 to 9 p.m.

Parents will be able to choose from a number of topics, such as stress, anger and behavior management, helping children make transitions between schools, helping children with homework, dealing with peer pressure, youth accountability, parenting skills, communication with teens and parent networking.

Anyone interested in youths of the Valley are welcome to the symposium, which will be held at Douglas High School. Child care will be provided.

To make a reservation, call Dori Draper at 782-5136.

A second symposium will be held at Whittell High School at Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe, April 29, following the same format.

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