Todos Juntos hosts class for parents of students

As each generation comes along, technological advances and cultural differences threaten to drive a wedge through the heart of American families.

With those challenges in mind, "Strengthening Families" is helping Estacada residents meet these issues head-on.

"We're teaching families to be more collaborative than aggressive in problem solving," said Raynell Flohr of Todos Juntos. "We're giving parents a toolbox of skills to use when they have a problem."

The class has taken place once a year for a while in town, and will consist of eight meetings beginning April 10 at Estacada Junior High School.

The first meeting will be an introductory session, followed by seven meetings designed to equip families.

The program is designed for families with children ages 10-14, and childcare will be provided for children under the age of 10.

"This age is targeted because they're coming into adolescence, and that can be difficult for families," Flohr said. "The neurology of the brain is still plastic and pliable, as kids aren't yet set in their ways.

"It's also a time when they can comprehend and learn new things, so in other words, it's not too late for that age."

Each session is two hours long, and will consist of some time with the entire family together, and some time where kids and parents go to separate classrooms.

The program is run by Estacada School District employees that some students and parents may already have interacted with.

What makes this class so important in Flohr's mind is the idea that as a society, we may actually be getting worse.

"I think we're getting worse, and that's why we're hurting so bad," she said. "Nobody communicates, and we need to work on our listening skills."

"Strengthening Families" operates underneath the Todos Juntos umbrella, and is also run in Molalla, Sandy, Canby and Milwaukie. There is also a Spanish session in Sandy.

"This is a worthwhile two-hour investment," Flohr said. "It's designed to help the family function."

Each meeting also features free dinner. For more information, call Cheri Faulhaber at 503-756-0818 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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