July is National Parenting Month

Jackie Hayes

Jackie Hays

Jackie Hays

Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau

Parents, do you know that the whole month of July is to honor you?

Take a minute, take a deep breath and consider what it means to be a parent.

It is a full-time position, and unless you were lucky enough to have “perfect” parents who were excellent role models, the job comes with little training.

At Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (LAYSB), our theme is “parenting is a learned skill.”

By working hard, asking for help and sharing their frustrations and concerns, parents become better prepared to guide their children through their growing-up years.

At LAYSB we are non-judgmental. We recognize that identifying a parent’s strengths and their desire to develop peaceful and loving relationships will go much further than focusing on their weaknesses.

That is the meaning behind the parent support meeting offered at the LAYSB from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening.

There is no fee charged and no need to register. The group begins promptly with parents putting their issues on the table.

If you are having issues with your teenager but cannot attend the meeting, call 651-464-3685 and ask to speak with a counselor at a one-hour session at the LAYSB office. This is called the Phone and Walk-In Consultation Service.

The teen years can be a difficult period to survive. Once it is over, however, even the most rebellious child may become appreciative and affectionate. With maturity comes the realization that parents were motivated by love.

So enjoy July and give yourself a pat on the back for surviving parenthood.

The non-profit LAYSB works in the Forest Lake Area School District and Chisago County to ensure the success of youth.

For more information, contact Jackie Hays at 651-464-3685 or Jackie.hays@ysblakesarea.org.

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