Strengthening Wisconsin Families with Mindfulness

Help! My child is 12 going on 25!

NOTE: This program was postponed due to low enrollment.  It will be rescheduled in March. Please contact the Extension office if you would like to be notified when the date is finalized:  715-539-1072.  Thank you!

Do you have a child age 10-14? Are you or your youth feeling misunderstood and/or disrespected at times?  Have you wondered about whether they are making good choices when you are not around? Do you find yourself wondering what you could do differently as a parent?

The Mindfulness-Enhanced Strengthening Families Program is for parents and their youth ages 10-14 and is proven to increase positive family relationships and lower rates of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use in youth throughout their high school years. It runs seven Thursday nights from January 9 – February 20 at the Lincoln County Service Center at 801 N Sales Street in Merrill. Register now by calling Debbie Moellendorf at 715-539-1077 or by visiting the online registration page here:  All families are invited, including single-parent, two-parent, foster, adopted, blended, step-parents or grandparents, etc.

This high-quality program is designed for families who want to do as well as possible during the tough transition years from childhood, to older teen, and beyond. At the program, your family will:

  • enjoy learning more about each other
  • practice positive communication and coping skills
  • discuss setting and keeping healthy rules
  • manage stress and conflict
  • learn useful, tested tools for supporting each other

Parents who did this program before reported that relationships with their children improved and their children cooperated better, among other things!  Youth have said how much they appreciate the time spent with their parents, and the amazing things they learned!

The Mindfulness-Enhanced Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is one of the most proven, effective family programs in the U.S.  It is highly recommended by families and family educators.  Learn more about the program at or by visiting . UW-Madison Division of Extension is bringing you this enhanced program which includes practicing being more present and calm with each other as family members – something families have been asking for!

Free, quality childcare is provided for children under 10.  A family meal is served each week to make it easier on your busy schedule.  Funding for this program provided by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families through Lincoln County Social Services Youth Justice Collaborative Committee grant.

Extension Lincoln County is accepting registrations through Monday, January 6th.  For questions or registration, please call 715-539-1077, email