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Transitioning families to the ‘next normal’ through interactive four-part series

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MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Marathon County Early Years Coalition and the Marathon County United Way is offering a four-part series to help families regain normalcy post-pandemic.

The four-part series, is titled "Helping Transition Children, Youth and Their Families to the Next Normal," and will be hosted every Tuesday during the month of May from 7-8 pm.

The series consists of interactive discussions covering a range of topics related to rebuilding the family dynamic, kids and their early years, socio-emotional learning, mental health wellness for kids and families, and a timeline from being a kid up until the career stages of life among other topics.

"Parents are struggling, teachers are struggling, and you know just to really connect to keep kids healthy and safe outside of just the regular COVID healthy," said Tara Glodowski, United Way of Marathon County Director of Community Impact - Education. "Safety and we're really looking at that mental health piece."

Glodowski said ultimately they want to offer support for transitions through life and especially out of COVID times.

Experts from the central Wisconsin area will be leading the weekly discussions, which in turn helps with relatability.

Glodowski also added that parents are the first teachers for their children and providing a good foundation is vital, so support offered through the series will be beneficial.

"A lot of times people are just afraid," Glodowski said. "They're afraid to talk about it and talk about what's happening in their own homes. I think the more we talk about it, the more the people realize it's normal and it's not just happening to them and their children. We're seeing it across the board."

The four-part series is free, and will be offered virtually and in an interactive manner.

Discover each topics of discussion here, as well as registering for one or all four conversations here.

Participants are encouraged to register at least a day ahead of time, and a link to join will be sent following completion of registration.

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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