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October 02, 2017 06:31 PM

Local Program Helps Family Grow Stronger

Sioux Falls, SD

Ask just about any parent, and they'll tell you it isn't easy raising a teenager. 

The Carroll Institute wants to help through the Strengthening Families program. All it takes is seven two hour sessions to improve communication. 

When some children hit their teenage years, they may feel that their parents don't understand them or feel that what they say isn't important. That's where the Strengthening Families program comes in, which is based on training from Iowa State.  

"Just opening those lines of communication so that they know that they can always talk to their parents. We give them kind of some ways to phrase things or ways to talk about things and I think it helps them," Amy Feterl said. 

"They do it in a setting that's comfortable and safe where you can actually talk about the tough stuff. And it looks at how they were raised," Barb Devos said. 

It's important to show parents how to set limits for their children while also making sure they show love to them.  

"I think a lot of parents don't realize today, how young peer pressure does start," Feterl said. 

The strengthening families program welcomes any caregivers, just as long as their children are 10 to 14 years old.

"We do a meal together from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and then 6 to 7 p.m. we separate and the kids will meet with Amy and myself. We do a kids session talking about peer pressure, and talking about the kinds of things our parents deal with," Kristi Vanderostyne said.

Just a couple of hours per week can have a lasting impact on any family.  

The first session begins this Thursday. If you or someone you know is interested in attending this program, contact the Carroll Institute.

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