Hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County, the Strengthening Families Program is a free program that focuses on strengthening family dynamics, specifically for families with 10 to 14 year olds. It opens up the lines of communication between parents and child, and offers practical information using videos, discussions, learning games, and family projects.
The Strengthening Families Program is a seven-week program for the entire family, according to Laura Beyenhof, Lyon County K-12 Program Assistant. She says the program began in February and on April 14th they celebrated their final night with a family-focused celebration.
During the finale, families reviewed topics that had been covered in the last six weeks. Some of the topics reviewed by the youth included goal-setting, handling peer pressure, modeling respect, understanding stress, and preparing for high school. Parents reviewed how to set reasonable limits, follow through with consequences, communicate with their child, and were given resources to help their families live a healthy, happy lifestyle.
This is the third year that ISU Extension and Outreach has offered the Strengthening Families Program in the area. As an incentive and thank you for participating in the Strengthening Families Program, families were given a certificate of completion, family gift, and youth passes for 2016-2017 George-Little Rock athletic events.
The Strengthening Families Program in Lyon County was made possible through the support of the Lyon County Extension Council, Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, and the George-Little Rock School District.