Free parenting series: Courageous Parenting 101

It is a fact that our children will be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school. What can you do about this? Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe.
A free parent education series, entitled Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® developed by experts with the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be offered at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road on Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The first of the three-session course will include a the Courage to Speak Presentation by Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, at 6:30 on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Session two and three will continue Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, at 6:30. Childcare is available with a reservation. The course will be taught in English by Carlos Reinoso Jr., MSMOL, BHCC, Director of Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition at the Human Services Council Connecticut.
According to Yale University evaluation, parents will learn effective communication strategies; gain confidence to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs; understand how to set clear rules and boundaries with their children related to use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and gain confidence in knowing how to deal with substance use among their children.
The course covers: teen drug use trends and party culture; guidance to help reduce the risk of substance use; how to help your child handle stress; warning signs; what to do if use or abuse is suspected and much more. Parents will also develop improved listening and communication skills, which have been shown to be a critical factor in prevention.
Childcare is available with advance notice. For more information contact: Ginger Katz 203-831-9700  email gkatz@couragetospeak.orfg and visit
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