Marysville Library offers six-part series to help parents with teens

Parents who want to understand more about their teenagers should learn something in a six-part parenting series at the Marysville Library.

The Marysville Library will have six classes starting Sept. 10 to help parents learn about their teenagers.

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 10, and continuing every other Tuesday through Nov. 19, the Marysville Together Coalition, Friends of the Marysville Library and the Snohomish Health District will offer “What Parents Need to Know: Issues Affecting Marysville Youth.” The series was developed with information from the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey conducted in Marysville. Classes include a light meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation starting at 6 p.m.

Marysville Together Coalition coordinator Greg Kanehen said class titles were developed through conversations with Marysville librarians Laura Henley and Laura Edgerton and the coalition leadership team.

“We looked at helping parents understand why we do a Healthy Youth Survey every other year, what the results show us, and how it guides support services through the community and school district,” Kanehen said. “It gives us a snapshot of issues our youth are dealing with.”

By helping parents, guardians and adult influencers understand the Healthy Youth Survey results, the coalition tries to address real issues in a proactive and educational way, tap into community resources, and serve as a vehicle to promote other classes, Kanehen said.

The series begins Sept. 10 with “Build Positive Relationships with Youth.” Kanehen and Ryan Brown, executive director of LINC NW, will provide tips on building a positive relationship with your child.

Additional classes:

Sept. 24 – Juul in School: What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Vaping Epidemic: While fewer kids are smoking cigarettes, many have switched to e-cigarettes such as Juul and vaping. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said e-cigarette use among high schoolers increased from 11.7 percent of students in 2017 to 20.8 percent in 2018. Jennifer Reid and Mary O’Leary from the Snohomish Health District will explain how e-cigarettes and vaping work.

Oct. 8 – Help Students Feel Safe in Schools: A panel of community mental health professionals and counselors will address ways to deal with bullying.

Oct. 22 – Parenting Do’s and Don’ts: Kanehen will talk about different parenting styles, communications and understanding different personalities.

Nov. 5 – Legalized Marijuana and Prescription Drug Abuse: Marysville Police Officer Brandon Lawrenson, a certified drug recognition expert instructor, will talk about recognizing drugs, understanding the negative impact of drugs on the individual, family and community, and the moral and legal responsibilities regarding marijuana. Registration preferred.

Nov. 19 – Understanding and Handling Stress, Anxiety and Depression: Mental health professional Natalie Gustafson provides information to recognize and address the presence of stress, anxiety and depression in the family, both for parents to observe how they process it and the impact on their family, and to see signs and symptoms in the children and teens. Registration preferred.