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Senior Center to Offer Grandparenting Classes

In an era of fewer and fewer extended families and increased pressures on children, the Westport Center for Senior Activities and Positive Directions, the Center for Prevention and Recovery, are stressing the important role of grandparents.

And on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the two organizations will kick off the first session of a five-week program titled, “Raising Resilient Grandchildren.” The program is set to run Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the senior center.

It uses a research-based curriculum in which grandparents gain the skills needed to help raise healthy grandchildren who avoid risky behavior, said Martha Hauhuth, executive director of Westport-based Positive Directions.

As grandparents assume greater roles, she said, children will become more connected to their families.

“We all care deeply about our grandchildren, and we would do anything for them,” said Hauhuth, a former Westport first selectman. “Of all the gifts we can give them this time of year, loving and lasting family connections might well be the most wonderful.”

The course will be taught by Westporter Susan Raphael, a marriage and family therapist.

“Last year we had a wonderful group of grandparents who explored ways to be positive influences in their grandchildren’s lives while at the same time strengthening and enhancing their relationships with their adult children,” said Raphael.

“We all realized how multi-layered the grandparent role can be in this complicated world we live in.”

For more information about the course or to register call the Westport Center for Senior Activities at (203)241-5099 or Hauhuth at (203)227-7644, ext. 123.

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