Buckner Family Hope Center hosts 'Difficult Family Discussions'

Buckner Family Hope Center hosts 'Difficult Family Discussions' workshop series

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Teenagers and their parents are learning how to hold difficult family discussions.

It's part of a work shop put on by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Buckner Family Hope Center. It's intended to open dialogue between parents and their kids. 

The goal is to provide tools for effective communication, especially when preparing teens for high school and adulthood. 

"It's important because it's a trust building relationship that we're enabling for parents and children to start having discussions regarding puberty, reproduction, money and finances. Things that you don't typically want to engage in conversation with children, so we help start those conversations," Angelina Rodriquez, Buckner Family Hope Center Director, said. 

There are two more series in July. Workshops run on select Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Buckner Family Hope Center, located at 1510 South Loop 289, Lubbock.

The series is free and participants may choose which topics to attend.

"The tween and teen years can be difficult for both children and adults," Trevino-Schafer, AgriLife Extension agent for urban youth development, said. "We want to make some of those difficult discussions easier and get families talking and learning together through this series."

The next three scheduled topics in the workshop series are:

  • June 26, "Sharing Your Values and Expectations with Teens"
         Participants will learn and practice techniques for talking about their family values and expectations using         media clips and everyday situations.
  • July 17, "Growing Up – Puberty and Reproductive Health"
         Participants will learn about physical changes that occur during adolescence, how to talk about health and       hygiene, statistics regarding reproductive health concerns and ways to reduce risky behaviors.
  • July 31, "Cooking Together"
         Participants will learn kitchen safety skills and practice using kitchen skills while cooking together as a                 family.

For more information or to register, email Nancy Trevino-Schafer at nancy.trevino-schafer@ag.tamu.edu or call the AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock at  806-775-1740.

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