by Emily E. Gonzalez-Abreu,
ESE and Support Services Family Counselor
and Certified Active Parenting Leader
|You would think that after all these years, since
2009, of teaching the Active Parenting
of Teens classes; I would become tired of it or lose
the passion for the program. Well, I am excited to report that
is not the case. I actually have more passion for the program
than I did back then. How can I not find these classes rewarding,
when I hear positive statements such as "Where were you
(this program) when I was raising my first son?" I also
heard "This really works (trying the strategies at home)"
and my all time favorite: "I really like my child again!"
If you know me, then you might have grown tired of my constant
rave about these classes. Every opportunity I get I inform (verbally,
emails, flyers) parents, administrators, teachers, staff, anyone
who will listen about the benefits of this program. Benefits
such as improved communication between you and your teen, an
increase in mutual respect, reduction in power struggles, assisting
and empowering the parents as they talk to their teens about
at-risk behavior (i.e., alcohol, drugs, cyberspace, social media,
This past January Lori Butler, Principal of Renaissance Charter
School at Plantation, came across information about these
classes through an email sent by Carol Beitler of BCPS-FDLRS. She thought her students' parents would benefit from the Active Parenting of Teens program, and so arrangements were made for them to attend our classes. She encouraged these parents
to attend by providing them with volunteer service hours. I had
many parents attend throughout the series of classes.
Then, on the last day of class, I was given a surprise. I
was honored by Ms. Butler, the parents who attended the program
and the School Advisory Council (SAC) members of the Renaissance
Charter School at Plantation with beautiful flowers and a most
beautiful card of THANKS that I will keep close at hand.
Reprinted from the Exceptional Student Education & Support Services
newsletter of Broward County, Florida, Public Schools; part of
the Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System.