CASAC offers free parenting program

“Happy families aren’t born . . . they are made.” The Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council is offering a free parenting class “Active Parenting Now” Fourth Edition from Active Parenting Publishers. The developers of this recently released fourth edition have expanded upon concepts/strategies/methods of parenting. Examples of this include explaining the workings of the developing child/adolescent brain; handling anger; what parents can do to help their children succeed in school (Seven Smart Strategies) and the importance of contributing to the family via chores.

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has provided a special grant made possible by the Charles Bradley Carlson Memorial Fund, to CASAC. This grant will help those who want to better their parenting skills.

This program is being offered without charge at the CASAC Jamestown office, 501 W. Third St., Suites 3 & 4 Sprinchorn Building, Jamestown, on Mondays, from 4 to 6 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28, Aug. 4, 11 and 25.

This is a six-week, two-hour session program. The program helps teach parents how to raise responsible, cooperative children who are prepared to meet the challenges of the teen years, resist negative peer pressure and thrive in the 21st century. This program considers child development and parenting in terms of the age/stage of the child within the perspective of varied nuclear families and vignettes representative of diverse cultures. Through this program, we provide parents with skills that will help them develop cooperation, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. They’ll also learn positive, non-violent discipline techniques so they can avoid power struggles.

To take advantage of this opportunity, contact Kathleen Colby at 664-3608 everyone can benefit from enhanced parental skills to be effective parents in today’s world.