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Parenting program Thursday

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EDWARDS — Parenting is one of the hardest jobs — and it’s unpaid. Every time a parent thinks they have it figured out, their child(ren) enter a new phase which leaves parents scratching their heads. There are solutions, courtesy of the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

Coalition executive director Michelle Stecher said there are two programs this year to help parents. Eat Chat Parent is a free, bilingual opportunity taking place once a month throughout the school year. Active Parenting is a paid program under way at Battle Mountain High School.

The free Eat Chat Parent program picks an issue to explore each month. A panel of local experts introduces the topic sharing expert advice followed by community discussion. These sessions offer childcare, dinner and live Spanish interpretation.

“We invite you to enjoy a meal with us and learn specific tactics on how to be a better parent and support for your children,” Stecher said. ECO TV, the Eagle County Community Television station, will be broadcasting these sessions, which will enable an expanded reach beyond parents who are able to attend in person.

The Eat Chat Parent topics this year include:

Sept. 22: Landing the Helicopter: Giving Your Child Healthy Space In and Out of School. Eagle Valley Middle School.

Oct. 20: Screenagers Documentary: Growing Up in the Digital Age. Homestake Peak School.

Nov.: 17: Teens Taking the Wheel: Tips for Safe Driving. Battle Mountain High School.

Jan. 26: Relationship Status: It’s Complicated! Healthy Dating and Friendships. Homestake Peak School

Feb. 23: Deep Breaths: Validating Your Child’s Emotions and Needs. Eagle Valley Middle School

March 23: Embracing an Inclusive and Multicultural School Community. Homestake Peak School

“The Eat Chat Parent events are a valuable resource for our community. The topics are picked with the needs of the parents in mind and the speakers are experts who do a great job in providing information to help our parent become more informed,” said Peter Barclay, senior program manager with YouthPower365.

The first Eat Chat Parent panel kicks off Sept. 22 and includes more than 75 years of experience working with youth: Catherine Jarnot, principal of Eagle Valley Middle School, Bob Bandoni, executive director of Shoulder to Shoulder and Elizabeth Cooney, a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Edwards Elementary School.

Visit to learn more about various parenting programs and how you can get involved. To sign up for Active Parenting for Teens in Spanish or to RSVP for an Eat Chat Parent session, contact Carol Johnson, or 970-949-9250.

Eagle River Youth Coalition are sponsored by:

Active Parenting: Town of Avon, town of Gypsum, town of Eagle, Vail Valley Cares, Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health and SAMHSA.

Eat Chat Parent: YouthPower365, town of Avon, Vail Valley Cares, Homestake Peak and Eagle Valley Middle Schools, town of Gypsum, Eagle County ECO TV, Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health and SAMHSA.

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