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Positive Parenting

“… parent connectedness is the single healthiest force in the lives of US teenagers.”
–Journal of the American Medical Association

Your child’s brain is still developing well into their twenties. Kids who start drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. Below are tips and skills for parents and caregivers to try out at home. You don’t need to be a “mad scientist” in order to parent. Positive parenting is prevention!

Communication
Communication is the key to staying connected with your teen. Here are some excellent tips and clips to help keep the communication lines open so you and your kid can stay connected. A connected teen is a protected teen! Click here for the “Communication Checkup.”

Encouragement
When we encourage our children, they see themselves as capable, valued and appreciated, especially if the encouragement is meaningful. Here are some helpful suggestions to help strengthen your connection by encouraging positive behaviors. Click here for the “Encouragement Checkup.”

Negotiation
When we model and teach positive negotiating-skills, our children become engaged and empowered individuals who see themselves as problem-solvers. Check out these resources that will help build your skills. Learn how to identify the problem, focus on the facts and what things to avoid. Click here for the “Negotiation Checkup.”

Limit-Setting
By setting limits, we provide our child with a sense of safety and show them we care. Here are some useful guidelines to help you set clear, fair and consistent limits. Learn how to communicate and correct without criticizing. Click here for the “Setting-Limits Checkup.”

Supervision
Kids who are supervised know their parents really care. Supervision reduces problems and increases safety. Discover what you need to know when asking your teen: with whom, where and when to be home. Click here for the “Supervision Checkup.”

Your opinions, values, attitudes and expectations matter! In fact, the key reason kids give for not drinking is that they do not want to disappoint their parents.

NEWS

Annual Meeting

Everyone is invited to attend our annual meeting on Wednesday, June 26, at 5:30 p.m., at Parks Place Community Resource Center.​ We'll be voting on new and returning board members as well as learning more about what we've been up to and plans for the coming year.

Transgender Support Groups

Every third Thursday the Greater Rockingham LGBTQIA+ Group offers free peer support groups for transgender folks. Teens, 13-17, meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and adults, 18+, meet from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meetings are held at Parks Place. Snacks will be provided. The groups will be led by a transgender staff member.

March 2024 Newsletter

Want to see what we're up to? Download our newsletter for updates, achievements, and upcoming events! Click here to read.

LGBTQIA+ Hangout

Join us for a FREE hangout for LGBTQIA+ members, ages 18 and old. Stop by Parks Place from 2-4pm on the second Saturday of each month for writing, crafting, reading, gaming, or just hanging out. 

Online Narcan training
If you've picked up a package of Narcan or Naloxone and don't know how to use it, check out this video with instructions from the Vermont Department of Health.

Windham County calendar

Discover fun area activities for families.

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