“Joe’s” 14-year-old son wasn’t in trouble with the law, didn’t smoke or do drugs, and wasn’t skipping school. So why did Joe enroll in one of Family Strength’s Network’s parenting classes?
“It gives us more insight into the mind of teenagers … and we want to do our best to avoid problems,” Joe said.
At the bagel breakfast and parenting program being offered by the Family Strengths Network (FSN) in partnership with Los Alamos High School, instructor Michelangelo Lobato will use Parenting the Love and Logic Way™, an evidence-based program, to spearhead discussions that address issues such as how teens’ brain development affects their behavior, how to determine when teens are ready for more responsibility, and how to discuss appropriate limits regarding school, parties and driving.
“It helped us learn how to bring up issues and make conversation,” Joe explained. “We look forward to going to class.”
Lobato is the former director of the Los Alamos Teen Center and is currently the counselor at Chamisa Elementary. He has a master’s degree in counseling and has been working with youth and families for more than 10 years.
This class is sponsored by the DWI Planning Council. FSN is a United Way Community Partner.
Bagels and coffee are served from 8:15-8:30 a.m. and the class takes place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Nov, 2 – 23 at Los Alamos High School (room details on registration page). The cost is $30 per individual or parenting couple. Financial aid is available. The class is free for Family Strengths Network members at the supporter level or higher. Register online at http://www.lafsn.org/. Call 662-4515 for more information.