A parenting workshop series called Guiding Good Choices is being offered in Baraga County. Parents will learn how to strengthen bonds with their children and reduce the risk that their children will use drugs and engage in other problem behaviors. The five-week program is being offered by Baraga County Communities that Care and Dial Help at the L’Anse Public Library, beginning on Tuesday February 13st from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Guiding Good Choices is an interactive program for all parents of children in grades 4 through 8. In a lively open atmosphere, parents will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors as they develop into healthy adults. Parents will learn to set clear family guidelines on drugs, as well as learn and practice skills to strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children’s involvement in the family.
An alarming number of teenagers today will use alcohol or marijuana before leaving high school. According to a recent local survey conducted in Baraga County in 2017, by 12th grade 71% of students had at least tried alcohol and 48% had used marijuana.
Research has shown that when children are bonded to their parents, school, and non-drug-using peers, they are less likely to get involved in drug use or engage in other problem behaviors. Guiding Good Choices has been shown to be effective in strengthening parent-child bonds and preventing teenagers from starting to use alcohol or other drugs.
This series is sponsored by Baraga County Communities that Care and Dial Help. Door prizes and other support have been graciously provided by Holiday Station Store (L’Anse), Larry’s Market (Baraga), Subway of L’Anse, Family Dollar (L’Anse), Pat’s Foods (L’Anse), and L’Anse Area Schools.
There is no cost to attend this program but registration is required. To register please call Kevin Weir at (906) 482-9077.