Writer: Jane Moorman, 505-249-0527, firstname.lastname@example.org
ALBUQUERQUE - Strong families produce strong children. They avert many adverse outcomes such as substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school failure, aggression and delinquency.
New Mexico State University's Strengthening Families Initiative offers programs to help parents and families to be the best they can be. Two programs - Nurturing Parenting and Family Wellness are offered in Albuquerque and the surrounding area.
The Nurturing Parenting program holds two-and-a-half hour class sessions weekly for 18 weeks. Parents and their children learn healthier, more nurturing ways to live together and interact with each other. While the parents discuss topics such as discipline and family rules, ages and stages of development, morals and values, self-esteem and feelings, and life skills such as nutrition, finances and communication, the children participate in classes with corresponding age-appropriate curriculum.
Classes are scheduled at the following locations and times:
•Future Foundations Community Center, 551 Washington, Grants, from 9:30 am. to noon, on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 27.
•Adobe Acres Elementary School, 1724 Camino del Valle SW, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 20.
•Edgewood Elementary School, 285 Drinkle Rd., Edgewood, from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 28.
•Raymond Sanchez Community Center, 9800 Fourth St. NW, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 21.
•Hodgin Elementary School, 3801 Morningside Dr. NE, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 21.
•West Mesa Community Center, 5500 Glenrio NW, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 29.
•Parents Reaching Out Center, 1920 Columbia Dr. SE, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 22.
The Family Wellness program is a curriculum-based training to help couples strengthen their relationships and have a more stable and healthy family life. The two-and-a-half hour session meets weekly for 12 weeks. Children 8 years old and older are included with the adults most of the sessions. Childcare will be provided for children younger than 8. A family style meal is provided each week.
Family members are taught how to communicate better, cooperate better and solve problems. Parents learn how to be strong leaders and role models. Couples strengthen their values and commitment to each other. Children learn how to really listen and how to cooperate. Topics discussed include expectations, roles and rules, finding and keeping the right partner, commitment, communication, conflict resolution, parents as leaders and role models, dealing with changes, passing on your values, and issues related to step-families and extended families.
Family Wellness classes will be held at the following locations and times:
•Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn Ave. NE, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays beginning Jan. 26.
•Edward Gonzales Elementary School, 554 90th Street SW, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 13.
•Isleta Pueblo at the Old Head Start Building, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 28.
For more information about these two programs or to register, email email@example.com or call 332-3765.
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