Guiding Good Choices


December 7, 2010; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE………………………………………………………….a pdf poster is available upon request
CONTACT:  Candy Eaton, Program Director
Hancock County Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605

207-667-5304, ext.

261; children@downeasthealth.org
 

 

“Guiding Good Choices”

The Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services, is pleased to offer a new FREE weekly parenting series in January.   “Guiding Good Choices” is for all parents and guardians of children in grades 4-8.  Using an interactive program in a lively and open atmosphere, parents will learn specific strategies to help their children avoid problem behaviors and develop into healthy adults. 

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, beginning January 18th, 2011 at Downeast Health Services, 52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth.   If you are interested in participating in this FREE 5 week series, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261.  Series

is limited to 12 participants, with a minimum of 5 adults required for the program to be offered.  Pre-registration

by January 11th, 2011 is required.

In this program, you will learn how to strengthen family bonds, set a clear family position on drugs, teach children skills they will need to make healthy choices and increase childrens involvement in the family.  Each week, we will provide participants with an opportunity to learn and discuss a topic specific to “Guiding Good Choices”.  Topics

scheduled are:

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January 18th:  “Getting Started: How to Prevent Drug Use in Your Family”

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January 25th:  “Setting Guidelines: How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards”

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February 1st:  “Avoiding Trouble: How to Say NO”

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February 8th:  “Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your Anger Constructively”

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February 15th:  “Involving Everyone: How to Strengthen Family Bonds”

Research

done by Dr. David Hawkins and Dr. Richard Catalano of the University of Washington revealed three kinds of protective factors that increase family influence, help buffer children from risks contributing to drug use and other problem behaviors, and increase the likelihood that children with develop healthy behaviors.  They are: healthy beliefs and clear standards for behavior; bonding; and individual characteristics.

By sharing healthy beliefs with children and setting clear guidelines for behavior, parents help children make healthy choices in a complicated world.  It is important for parents to clearly communicate family standards to children, teach them the skills they need to follow the standards, give them positive reinforcement for meeting the standards and appropriately correct them when they don’t meet the standards.

Bonding is warmth, attachment and commitment.  It’s

the positive feeling of belonging to a family, school or community.  Children who are bonded to their family have good family relationships, are committed to their family and believe in their family’s values.  Children are less likely to make decisions that go against the family’s values and standards.

Certain individual characteristics can help protect children against drug use and other problem behaviors.  Children

with resiliency, those who bounce back from adversity or difficulty, are better protected against exposure to risk.  Children who are good natured, friendly and sociable are also less likely to engage in problem behaviors.  Intelligence helps protect children against violence, delinquency, poor choices and dropping out of school.

Financial

support for this series has been provided by Maine Department of Health and Human Services through the Maine Children’s Trust.  Downeast Health Services seeks to support all families in facing each day with optimism, hope and commitment.  Please call 667-5304 ext. 261, email children@downeasthealth.org or visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org for additional information on parenting classes, support groups and family resources available in Downeast Maine.   

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