Supporting Centre County's Youth, students and families
CTC Prevention Coalition of Centre County


Building Strong Families

Having a strong family bond is a protective factor that increases the likelihood that young people will develop healthy, positive attitudes and behaviors.

If your children have a strong bond with you, they will be more likely to:

TALK to you about daily events and issues of concern

FOLLOW the guidelines that YOU set for them

Parents Are The Solution

The Communities that Care Prevention Coalition has partnered with the Parents are the Solution (PATS) committee to utilize their parent survey data with PATS data and create normative messages around underage drinking.









What else can you do?

Schedule regular family time

Grab your family calendar and schedule your family time for this month on everyone's calendar. Once it is scheduled, protect it like gold. This means saying no to the last minute birthday party your son gets invited to, saying no to the PTA president who desperately needs you to manage the book fair, and saying no to your boss when she asks you to work late.

Plan it

Nothing ruins a family outing more than waiting until the last minute to figure out what to do. Agree as a family ahead of time what you will do and then do it. 

Make it fun

Discuss together as a family what fun things everyone would like to do. Make sure everyone's voice is heard and negotiate differences. If time or money is a concern, then it may be a good idea for the parents to come up with a pre-approved list from which the kids can choose.

Turn off the TV, video games, and computer

Nothing takes away from quality family time like a TV blaring in the background. Give your family a chance to connect without all the background noise and you will be amazed at the things you learn and how much you laugh.

Make it a priority

This is the hardest thing for many families to do, but if you can accomplish this, everything else will be much easier.

Family Activities

We are fortunate to live in an area where there are many activities for families. Sit down with your kids and brainstorm a list of things you like to do together. Not everything takes money so include free activities too... hiking Mt. Nittany, ice skating at the Penn State Ice Rink, playing board games, going to a movie, exploring Millbrook Marsh, having a picnic at Spring Creek Park, visiting the Penn Stater deer pens... The possibilities are endless! Post your list on the refrigerator where you can refer to it at times when you are wondering what to do. 


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