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Jun 19

Stories are Powerful

Posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:32 PM by Ashley Mock

Research tells us that communities with strong and stable families have lower crime rates, improved health, better educational outcomes, and higher earning potential. Locally, we know that in order to build those strong families, we need resources like Families of the Treasure Coast to empower and enable parents to improve the lives of their children.

Families of the Treasure Coast has one goal: to equip community members with the knowledge and tools essential to a happy, healthy and prosperous family. They are able to do that by reaching out to all parents to provide information, connect them to community resources, and facilitate parent development activities throughout the community. Some initiatives are even designed to increase communication among community resources, giving families access to services that they might otherwise not utilize.

Parent Teen Community Connection (PTCC) is the flagship program of Families of the Treasure Coast. By offering evidence based workshops, focused on strengthening positive parent/child communication, PTCC is able to help parents confront risky behaviors with comprehensive education and critical thinking skills.     

Below is a testimonial from a parent who recently participated in the Parent Teen Community Connection program:

The PTCC sessions have given me and my kids a great outlet, plus they get a chance to hear from other parents and their peers about what they are going through. As a single mom, I have always struggled to open up to my kids (a 6th and 9th grader) but now I have a new confidence in sharing.

My story is important and what I value as a mom must be communicated to my kids. My kids shared with me after a session that they thought it was so cool how I was able to share what happened to me back in the day. I was so excited. When I talk I want my kids to listen. PTCC has helped me see "how" I say something is just as important as "what" I say. The attitude behind my words are just as important as the words themselves.

 parents and children in a circle holding hands

We, as a family have put into practice "listening with full attention". It shows my kids what they have to say is important, especially to me. Whatever we are doing, we stop and give our undivided attention. Putting those skills to practice has strengthened our family and for that we are grateful.


E. Johnson