By Ashley FILIPEK
The Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition has partnered with the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA to offer free parenting sessions. These Tuesday evening seminars continue through Dec. 4 and will focus on helping parents with strengthening their teens and pre-teens by understanding how to better strengthen their whole families.
Each week’s session will be led by Pam Erdman, MFT or Paul Royer, LCSW and cover specific topics that have been designed to help parents learn to navigate the way through their children’s teenage years. These sessions will deal with communication, relationship building, homework and other pressures, anxiety and depression, peer pressure and bullying, healthy choices, and the 40 developmental assets used nationwide to approach positive youth development.
On Tuesday, parents gathered to listen to Erdman discuss some necessary parenting foundations.
“Parenting teens can be confusing and aggravating,” said Erdman. “To parent teens successfully, parents need to make a few substantially different changes in their approach. When parents have the tools and are able to apply concepts on how to build a strong foundation, we will be far less confused and aggravated.”
The sessions are casual, drop-in and last about an hour starting at 8 p.m. at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA.
Information including specific subjects on the calendar to be discussed and about the CVDAPC organization is available on the website www.cvdapc.org.
The Crescenta Cañada YMCA is located at 1930 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.