STAR Program bridges generation gap

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Oct 30, 2007 - Just about anybody can be a parent. Being a good one? That’s another matter.

The Family Haven STAR Program, a United Way agency serving Hopkins, Delta and Rains counties since 1997, is offering a training course that helps bridge the problems between parents and their children.

The Love and Logic parenting program has been called “America’s most practical and entertaining parent training.”

It involves a six-week parent course to help moms and dads be more confident, have more fun and be more relaxed as parents. The program is designed to give practical every day skills that can immediately be put to use.

It gives simple answers to day-to-day frustrations, such as how to get kids out of bed in time to catch the school bus; how to stop siblings from bickering and fighting; how to get kids to help with household chores without an argument; how to discipline children in public without creating a scene; how to get teens to meet their curfew; and many other family dilemmas.

Parents dealing with lack of communication, attitude problems, poor school work and school attendance issues, or law enforcement problems  can call 903-439-0086 for more information on training classes, dates and times.

Love and Logic training is just one of the services available through the STAR Program, which offers services to at risk youth and their parents free of charge.

Other STAR Program services include crisis intervention for youth and family, family and youth life skills training, various summer programs, as well as emergency short-term respite care.

Funded by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention Program, no one will be denied the services of the Family Haven STAR Program based on gender, race, socioeconomic class, religion, handicap or any other discriminating category, according to Susan Lopez, a UCAP family educator.

�We just want to get the word out that we are a grant-funded program, so our services are offered at no charge,� she explained.

The STAR Program is open to youths up to age 17 who have conflict issues within the family and who are not on formal probation, or past or present truancy, runaway or delinquent behavior problems.

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