Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Jeffco conference gives parents tools, confidence to raise health children

Jeffco hosts 25th free annual event to help build parenting skills

Posted 10/12/15

Jeffco parent Alicia Smith left the recent Helping Kids Thrive Conference armed with a few more tools to meet the daily challenges of good parenting and buoyed by the knowledge she’s not alone.

“This is something I look forward to every year …

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Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Jeffco conference gives parents tools, confidence to raise health children

Jeffco hosts 25th free annual event to help build parenting skills

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Jeffco parent Alicia Smith left the recent Helping Kids Thrive Conference armed with a few more tools to meet the daily challenges of good parenting and buoyed by the knowledge she’s not alone.

“This is something I look forward to every year — I appreciated the information,” Smith said. “The candid conversations with other parents about topics relevant to my family was refreshing, and I enjoyed finding new ways to communicate with and support my child.”

For the past 25 years, Jefferson Center for Mental Health has hosted the Helping Kids Thrive Conference to provide parents free resources and classes for parenting children of all ages. During that time, the conference has served more than 4,500 parents and adults.

This year’s conference, hosted at Creighton Middle School in Lakewood on Oct. 8, provided more than 200 parents with information on a variety of organizations, from Colorado Access, The Colorado Trust, Jeffco PTA and the Jefferson County Education Association.

It’s not easy after a long day to come spend an evening in classes with us,” said Jeanne Oliver, vice president of marketing and development with the center. “Parents can come here and feel a little stronger, a little more hopeful, that raising healthy kidsmaybe isn’t so hard.”

The nearly 20 classes included perennial favorites like The Early Years (ages 3-5): Creating a Blueprint for Success and The Teen Years (ages 12-19): Framing Boundaries and Expectations to new offerings like Marijuana and the Developing Brain and Parenting After Trauma.

One of the most popular classes was Lori Hoffner’s Empowering Successful Kids: Raising Confident, Caring Young People. In the class, she discussed topics like positive asset-building and the importance of children’s perception.

“Any way we can give parents opportunities to be great parents, we’ll do that,” said Marta Murray, a long-time volunteer with the center. “We try to vary our offerings, adding a couple topical classes every year. When parents are thinking they’re in this all by themselves, they’re looking for something to help them out. We provide that.”

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