East Brunswick, April 12, 2017 - A Family Night Out program will be offered to parents, caregivers and youths ages 10-14 starting April 18th at the South River Middle School, 13 Montgomery Street, South River. All sessions are held in the School Café.
Family Night Out is a seven-session program that works with children ages 10 to 14 and their families to address teen behavioral problems and issues of substance abuse.
The evening starts with a free family meal. “We serve a well-balanced, nutritional meal and the families sit down together and enjoy that family meal time, which sometimes doesn't happen anymore,” said Helen Varvi, Deputy Director at Wellspring Center for Prevention (formerly NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc.).
After the meal, the parents and children meet separately with Wellspring Preventionists and staff.
The adults learn and discuss parenting techniques to help them deal with their children during adolescence. They review subjects that include parental love and limits, making rules, encouraging good behavior, using consequences, protecting against substance abuse and getting help through community resources. During student time, subjects such as having goals and dreams, appreciating parents, dealing with stress, following rules, dealing with peer pressure and reaching out to others are discussed. After dinner, youths work as a group while parents work together; later, the youth and parent groups come together to play games and work on activities, such as skill building.
The first Family Night Out session is scheduled for April 18th starting at 5:30 pm with dinner. Subsequent sessions will follow on April 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23. The final booster session is offered on May 30th.
Free childcare is available for children younger than ten. Enrollment is limited so interested families need register ASAP to reserve their spot.
This program is made available through a grant from the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.