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Help Rolls into Fairfield, CA by Way of LST Parent Program

Beleaguered parents: Help is out there. A new Parent Program Campaign is being rolled out by the City of Fairfield, CA. The city put on a special LifeSkills Training workshop for parents who want to keep their kids out of trouble and away from controlled substances.

The workshop consists of three sessions from the LifeSkills Training Parent Program. In addition to a short orientation, sessions also cover family communication, parental monitoring and being a good role model.

"The sessions that we do in the parent project, we talk about what parents need to raise children and what support they need," said Heather Sanderson, a program coordinator for the city.

The workshop, held at City Church in Fairfield, was advertised with a Mother's Day theme, however it was open to mothers, fathers and adults of all ages who want to make a difference to children. The workshop included lessons on communicating effectively with kids, including techniques for non-verbal communication "and how to avoid misunderstandings and assumptions," Sanderson said.

It is a spin-off of the Botvin LifeSkills Training program that the city holds for area kids. The traditional LifeSkills program incorporates science-based teaching to give kids the skills to resist using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Sanderson said between 600 and 700 kids graduated from the most recent LifeSkills program.     

"The curriculum is great and we'll be looking to do it some more," enthused Sanderson.

More Information: Click here for more information on the Parent Program
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