Parenting skills workshops offered for Ontario County parents

Skills to improve relationships with children are being offered as part of a free eight-week Parenting Skills Workshop series by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ontario County.

The series is for parents, guardians and community members who will learn five skills to help them deal more effectively with challenging parent-teen/child situations: encouragement, can-do, choices, self-control and respecting feelings.

The classes will be taught by trained facilitators. Active participation and practice in class and at home are expected.

The next series, for families with children up to age 12, will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 28 through Oct. 9, with a recognition dinner on Oct. 16, at the Finger Lakes Community College Child Care Center, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell. Refreshments will be provided and door prizes given out each evening.

It is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis to Ontario County parents working with the Ontario County Department of Social Services. Other Ontario County resident registrations will be accepted, if space permits. Parents must attend six of the first seven sessions to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Child care is available for children aged 6 months to 12. A limited number of gas vouchers are available, but the box on the back of the registration form must be checked by the deadline to be eligible, indicating transportation/child care needs. Forms are available at cceontario.org and must be postmarked by Aug. 20.

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