WHAT THE YOUTH SAY:
"My family and I attended The Strengthening Families Program. It was really helpful with the relationship between my parents and me. At first I thought the program was somewhere I went just to check the box right next to my name. But that changed when I started learning about different things; including things I didn't even know about my parents [what their hopes and dreams were for themselves as youth, and the dreams they have for their daughter]. I hope other families join this program because it was a life-changing experience."
“I didn't think it would happen but I feel more connected to my family.”
"I loved this and I made so many friends."
"I liked how I learned more about my parents, like when they were young."
"My family has been working together more."
WHAT PARENTS SAY:
"That it's important to get buy-in from the kids and as a family on what the rules of the house are."
“It was nice to have a reason to stop all of the busy-ness of our daily routine and get to know [my child] better.”
“It is a program that helps you talk to your middle-schooler in a way that prepares for the teen years. Most importantly the program includes you and your child so that you can learn how to better communicate together.”
"I spent a lot of time learning about parenting younger children, I am glad for the tips on parenting tweens."
"We parents are trying to be calmer, with our kids, we are stopping to see their side, but also implement consequences for poor choices."
"I think we have tried to talk a bit more rather than drawing lines in the sand and becoming immovable objects."