Guiding Good Choices

Learn all about when, where, and how to draw the line with your tween/teen

The Guiding Good Choices (GGC) series for parents of middle school aged children returns to Vashon. The series is online, packed with helpful information and tools, and is free-of-charge!

GGC is an evidence-based family-competency program that is delivered in 5 weekly sessions. The sessions are designed to strengthen parents' family management skills, enhance parent–child bonding and build children's peer-resistance skills.

Children are required to attend session 4, which concentrates on peer pressure. The other four sessions involve only parents and include instruction in four areas:

  1. Identifying risk factors for adolescent substance use and creating strategies to enhance the family’s protective processes.
  2. Developing effective parenting skills, particularly those regarding substance use issues.
  3. Managing anger and family conflict.
  4. Providing opportunities for positive child involvement in family activities.

GGC is based on the social development model, which theorizes that enhancing protective factors - such as prosocial bonding to family, school and peers and establishing clear standards or norms for behavior - will decrease the likelihood that children will engage in problem behaviors.


1st class: Kick-off & Overview

Class Dates: TBD (5 sessions + Kick-off/Overview)

Thursday Nights, 6-8 pm via Zoom

5 sessions required

Please register at info@varsanetwork.org.

A $75 gift certificate for IGA or Thriftway is available to each family upon completion of the class.