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Free workshops to address common parenting challenges, anger management to be held at Project Self-Sufficiency and community sites

NEWTON, NJ – Parents and caregivers are invited to attend free workshops designed to offer practical strategies for common parenting challenges, including anger management, positive discipline, handling disobedience, and promoting resiliency.

Workshops will be offered at Project Self-Sufficiency and at locations throughout Sussex and Warren Counties, as well as online. Those who attend two of the workshops will receive a $25 gift card; attendees at three events will receive a $50 gift card.

“The Power of Positive Parenting” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6:00 p.m., at Project Self-Sufficiency, and Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6:00 p.m., at the Durban Avenue School in Hopatcong.

“Raising Confident, Competent Children” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:00 p.m., at Project Self-Sufficiency. The class will also be held at the Durban Avenue School on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 6:00 p.m.

“Raising Resilient Children” will be offered Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:00 p.m., at Project Self-Sufficiency, and Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:00 p.m., at the Montague Township School.

Sunny Days Preschool & Childcare Center in Hackettstown will offer “Dealing with Disobedience,” Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:00 p.m.

A weekly parenting discussion class will be held at Project Self-Sufficiency on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., beginning Feb. 7.

For those unable to attend in-person workshops, “Raising Safe Kids” will be offered via Zoom on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., beginning Jan. 23. A certificate of completion is available for the virtual series.

The in-person workshops will help participants identify their parenting goals, address behavioral problems, and promote healthy child development by using the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, a comprehensive education initiative targeted to parents, healthcare professionals, educators, and caregivers of infants, toddlers, and school-aged children. The virtual series uses the ACT Parents Raising Safe Kids curriculum developed by the American Psychological Association to develop effective parenting skills and prevent behavioral issues and violence.

“These workshops will give parents, caregivers, and educators simple and practical strategies to help build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage children’s behavior, manage their own anger, and ultimately prevent problems from developing,” said Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon.

Interested participants are invited to call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or register at

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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