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Why Bring Parenting & Youth Education To Your Community?

Research from the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education shares that “no matter their income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school.”

Parent involvement has also been shown to reduce the likelihood students will participate in dangerous behaviors such as alcohol and substance use.

The data is clear: As a whole, we are struggling. Depression and anxiety are at an all time high and climbing. Families need significant support in areas related to emotional management, stress resiliency, behavior management, healthy communication and relationships, positive role modeling, cohesive parenting tools, and so much more.

If we ~ as adults, mentors, community leaders, and parents are struggling ~ so too, are our youth.

Unfortunately, reaching already overloaded parents remains difficult, and getting them to attend an event, even more so. Community programs need to deliver: providing tools parents are seeking, when they are seeking it, and in a manner that engages stakeholders and meets them where they're at.

Certified Family Life Educator, Susan Graham at Achieve Life Balance, has worked alongside educators in the schools for over 17 years, including 6 years coordinating Parent Engagement at a school-wide Title I Elementary. In addition, Susan has spent 11 years developing and facilitating one-on-one court-mandated programs for parents working toward reunification.

"Working one-on-one with families allows me to see patterns in parental struggles before they show up in our children. If our kids our struggling, our parents likely struggled first. We must provide parents with the tools necessary to live and model a positive, healthy and successful environment."

Popular Achieve Life Balance Workshops

  • Stress Management & Resiliency for Families
  • Helping Families Navigate Tough Emotions (SEL support for parents)
  • Powerful Positive Parenting Plus ~ Foundational Parenting
  • Effective Discipline Tools for Parents
  • Introduction to Parenting Teens: 5 Essential Insights Into the Teen Mind
  • Parenting Teens: Communication, Connections & Life Lessons
  • Parenting On the Same Page (Same household or separate)

Documentation Available for Grant-Based Programs

Documentation is available for grant-funded programming used by Title I, Head Start, family and youth coalitions. Each workshop includes learning goals and objectives, an agenda, evidenced-based curriculum and documentation, handouts, and a post-workshop survey. Schools and organizations requiring a record of attendance may choose to handle registration privately or request options from Achieve Life Balance.


#1 Data-Driven Workshop

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Take Back Control

Two-Session Series

  • Self-control, personal control, personal responsibility skills and knowledge
  • Controlling children vs. helping children develop self-control
  • Emotional awareness and emotional management for the entire family
  • Developing problem-solving skills and building internal resources
  • Recognizing personal stressors/triggers, stress management and resilience tools
  • Accessing internal and external resources to overcome obstacles and reach goals

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Powerful Positive Parenting Plus

Foundational Multi-Session Series

  • Feeling in control, emotional awareness and support for the entire family
  • Stress management and reduction tools, building resilience
  • Parenting styles, positive parenting insight and resilience tools, co-parenting support
  • Discipline vs. punishment, choosing effective and appropriate consequences
  • Understanding children's behaviors and tools to support each unique child
  • Creating a clear, consistent and collaborative, cohesive family foundation

Effective Discipline Tools Workshop

Currently Available

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3 Absolute Musts for Effective Parenting

  • 3 essential steps parents can take to get kids to listen without yelling, nagging or arguments
  • Improve behavior and compliance using simple positive parenting tools that work
  • Put a stop to repetitive issues immediately
  • Effective consequences for common behavioral issues

Most Popular Parents of Teens Workshop

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5 Essential Insights Into the Teen Mind

  • Understand teen behavior and motivations
  • What it's like to be a teen today
  • Surprising stressors teens face
  • What's normal behavior
  • When to be concerned (yellow/red flags and resources)

Bonus: FREE Parenting Teens Support Packet

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Achieve Life Balance

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Course

Development

Given the evidence that parenting practices and the family environment have a strong impact on child outcomes, Achieve Life Balance’s primary goal is to provide data-driven, evidence-based support and resources to help parents, guardians, and educators learn concrete ways to encourage children’s growth and wellness at home and in their community. All programs are designed to meet families where they are at. Achieve Life Balance takes great care regarding the diversity, inclusion and privacy of all participants.

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Flexible

Workshops

Achieve Life Balance is dedicated to providing the most effective and easily accessible programming in a manner that is simple to understand. Support parents and families when, how and where they need it most. Workshops are available in-person. For even more flexibility workshops can be conducted live, on-line, as interactive workshop events. Workshops are also available on-demand. No need to travel, spend money on gas or find a babysitter. Parents can learn in the privacy and comfort of their home, at their pace.

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Community

Collaborations

Learning is a community effort. In order to remain up-to-date as a Family Life Educator, I consistently collaborate with industry specialists and leaders, including researchers, parenting specialists, marriage & family counselors, educators, health professionals and others. In addition, I often work with community leaders in an effort to support and grow our local communities.

What is a Family Life Educator?

Family Life Educators obtain the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The CFLE credential is the nationally recognized standard in Family Life Education and validates a professional’s experience and knowledge as a Family Life Educator.


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Family Life Education

Family Life Education is the professional practice of equipping and empowering family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance well-being and strengthen relationships through an educational, preventive, and strength-based approach. 

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Certification is through the NCFR:

National Council on Family Relations

The National Council on Family Relations, founded in 1938, is the oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary professional association focused solely on family research, practice, and education. NCFR members are dedicated to understanding and strengthening families.

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Additional Insight Into Family Life Education

The skills and knowledge needed for healthy family functioning are widely known:

  • strong communication skills
  • knowledge of typical human development
  • good decision-making skills, positive self-esteem
  • healthy interpersonal relationships

The goal of Family Life Education (abbreviated FLE) is to teach these skills and knowledge areas to family members across the lifespan, and foster positive individual and family development so families can function optimally.

Family Life Educators have knowledge based in the discipline of Family Science, and are employed in a variety of settings and roles. They consider societal issues — economics, education, work-family issues, parenting, sexuality, gender, and more — within the context of the family. They believe that societal problems like substance abuse, domestic violence, unemployment, debt, and child abuse can be more effectively addressed from a perspective that considers individuals and families as part of larger systems.

Family Life Educators empower families themselves to apply knowledge about healthy family functioning to prevent or minimize problems.

Learn more about how Family Life Education compares to two other practice areas that apply Family Science: family therapy and family case management.

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CFLEs have proven knowledge in the 10 Family Life Education Content Areas:

  1. Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
  2. Internal Dynamics of Families
  3. Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
  4. Human Sexuality
  5. Interpersonal Relationships
  6. Family Resource Management
  7. Parent Education and Guidance
  8. Family Law and Public Policy
  9. Professional Ethics and Practice
  10. Family Life Education Methodology


Contact Susan

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Meet Certified Family Life Educator & Parenting Coach, Susan Graham, CFLE

Hey There, I’m Susan!

As a Certified Family Life Educator, I have over 17 years working with parents and children in the education system and 11 years supporting families in court custody cases. In addition, I’m a Certified Family Life Educator specifically trained to support family education and learning. Utilizing verifiable evidence-based methods and research, I’ve designed successful parenting and youth programs used across the globe.

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TESTIMONIALS

Loved and Trusted By My Clients

“Blown away by her attention to detail and breakdown analysis on how parenting differs but yet all have the common goals. 5-Stars!”

Jason M.

TESTIMONIALS

Loved and Trusted By My Clients

“I learned a lot from Susan and her course material. She made it personal and let me set the pace for my learning and application. Great investment!”

Ryan F.

TESTIMONIALS

Loved and Trusted By My Clients

“Susan was so caring and understanding. She helped me through every question and all the lessons without judgment or bias. She truly works with a passion to help parents succeed at their fullest potential! 10/5″​

Alex S. 

Testimonials From The Home Front 

What My Kids Have to Say

Yes!  These are my real children.  No, I did not force them, bribe them, pay them, pressure them, or anything along those lines.  I asked my kids if they’d be willing to provide an honest testimonial on how they would describe the success of my parenting skills ~ after I dedicated my efforts to improve my parenting skills, earned my certification, and put my lessons to the test in the real world.

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Lauren Graham, 24

Multilingual Learners Elementary Teacher

“My mom really changed when she started working on her certification and parenting knowledge.  She became a whole different person, a better parent. I’m always asking for her classroom management advice.


Nicole Graham, 21

Global Studies Student

“My friends tell me how lucky I am to have a mom who listens and supports me, even when we disagree. I have to admit she’s a great mom. I feel safe coming to her with almost anything.”

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Brendan Graham, 17

Student

“She’s okay. Just kidding! She’s a great mom. If something goes wrong, I know I can go to her to help me figure things out.”