Having a strong, generic positive family life takes work. Building Strong Families, pills a program to help area parents, grandparents and guardians address a variety of family issues, will begin on Monday, March 5 and will continue on all Mondays through April 2. The program will be held at the Evangelical United Church of Christ, 33 S. Ellis Street in Cape Girardeau.
A light supper for the participating families (adults and children) and program staff starts at 5:45pm. Following the meal, youth are divided into age groups and moved to separate classrooms. The adults and the youth receive instruction on the same topics. If adults are learning about “communication”, the youth are hearing about the same topic, with age-appropriated, hands-on activities. Children learn that they have responsibilities at home, just as their parents have certain roles and responsibilities. In addition, a take-home activity is offered each week that involves all family members working and playing together.
Building Strong Families is a program developed by University of Missouri Extension Service. This five-week series is made possible through Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, Community Caring Council and United Way of Southeast Missouri (Success by 6 and LIFE Initiative). Topics to be covered will include Family Strengths, Positive Discipline, Food and Fitness, Kids and Self Esteem and Ideas to becoming a READING FAMILY.
There is no cost to participate, but registration is needed in order to provide adequate food and supplies. Please call Kay Azuma at 651-3747 x 104 or Mary Gosche at 243-3581 to register or to request a brochure and registration form. We look forward to working with families in our community to recognize and increase their family strengths.