Learn how to build healthy and thriving family relationships during those sometimes challenging teen years, by attending our Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14).

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dallas County will be offering the seven-week SFP 10-14 for parents and their youth (ages 10-14) at Dallas Center- Grimes Meadows School in Grimes on Sundays, January 21 through March 4 from 2-4 p.m.

This program’s goal is to help families build strong communication, problem-solving and stress-coping skills by working together. Understanding the changes in youth as they grow and develop into young adults is crucial to strengthening your family. “We were looking for ideas,” said a past participant. “We had three kids, but we didn’t have the skills that we thought we should have. There’s no manual for raising a 14-year-old and 10-year-old.”

During the first hour, adults will discuss ways to create a more positive and supportive relationship with their children by learning how to be loving and nurturing while still enforcing limits. Youth will have the opportunity to engage in topics such as how to deal with stress, set goals for their future, learn to appreciate their parents and handle negative peer pressure during this time.

Families will unite during the second hour, and interact through activities to solidify lessons, work toward building more stable relationships and have fun together. “Not only has it shown me ways to deal with the troubled times we as parents face raising our children, she (my daughter) also learned to handle the stresses of being a teenager and peer pressure,” said a mother in a past session.

The cost to attend this program is $15 per family. Free childcare will also be provided for children under 10. For questions, additional information or to register contact Lisa Mickelson at (515) 993-4281 or lmickel@iastate.edu. The deadline to register will be Monday, Jan. 15.