Triple P Elkhart County Parent Newsletter - January 2024

This Month in Triple P: Staying busy in the new year!

The calendar has changed, but the Triple P train keeps rolling as fast as ever in 2024! As you can see from the photos above, we had a lot of fun in 2023 reaching parents and their children across the community, and we're determined to keep working with you to make 2024 more: more fun, more connection, more parents positively supported to be the best they can be!

January is off to a flying start with plenty of Triple P events across the county and online for parents and caregivers. A couple of examples:

  • For parents of teenagers: The Beacon Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center in downtown Elkhart is hosting a seminar workshop on Raising Responsible Teens on Tuesday, Jan. 16 in English and Spanish.
  • For parents of young students: We will be presenting Encouraging Positive Behaviors at School at Concord West Side Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 31, also in English and Spanish.

As always, you can find more information about upcoming Triple P workshops and group sessions in the community at Read on for more Triple P updates!

A resolution for 2024: To be a more Positive Parent!

If 2024 were to be the best year yet between you and your children, what would that look like? What could be done in the day-to-day family life that will bring more connection, joy, love, laughter, and peace into the home? Let’s get creative and think differently! Explore the idea with me of making a resolution that will impact your family for years to come. 

Personally, I want a family future filled with connection, joy, laughter, love, and peace. If I want this, I know I have to take the first steps in modeling and teaching my children what that looks like, feels like, and sounds like. 

When I think of what the future could hold for my family, I tend to think about the family atmosphere. What will we laugh about, what will my kids remember, what games might we play? How can I help point my family in the direction of making memories together? 

What do you dream for you and your family? What hopes and visions do you have for your relationship with your children, teens, or adult children this next year and beyond? 

Are there mini-traditions you could begin to increase connection and communication? Popping your head into their bedroom to say hi, or share a joke or meme? Do you have Taco Tuesdays and eat together at the table to catch up with each other’s lives and share that quality time?

Where can you make life a little more fun? Do you take a card game to play together when out to eat and waiting for the food? How can you show and give love as you engage with your children? Are stories read on the couch, in the bedroom, or the blanket fort you helped them build under the table? 

You know your children and teens better than you realize. Think about the ways they connect with you and others most naturally. What does that connection look like and how can you use that insider knowledge to your advantage when planning activities for the family?

As you plan for 2024, give yourself permission to get creative. Think about the areas in your family life where you can make small, lasting impacts on your family. Decide what you can do in day-to-day life to make 2024 the best year yet with your family!

Trisha Lightfoot is the Training and Implementation Coordinator for Triple P Elkhart County. She and her husband are proud parents of two young men. Learn more about the Positive Parenting Program in Elkhart County at

Triple P joins Fables Books for Goshen First Friday!

Just a reminder that we will be making bookmarks and crafts with kids at Fables Books in downtown Goshen on February 2 for the Sweet Treats First Friday event!

If you come see us at Fables, your kids can make and decorate seasonal bookmarks with us to help them keep track of their reading! See you there!

Upcoming events

Watch for the latest Positive Parenting Program events across Elkhart County!

Events in English


Tuesday, January 16

Triple P: Raising Responsible Teens

Hosted at Beacon Aquatic Center, downtown Elkhart, 6:00p-7:30p, Register Online

*for all parents/caregivers of teens and pre-teens

Thursday, January 18

Triple P: Hassle-Free Mealtimes

Hosted at First Light Mission, downtown Elkhart, 5:30p-7:30p, Register Online

*for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-12 years old

Wednesday, January 31

Triple P: Encouraging Positive Behaviors at School

Hosted at Concord West Side, 6:00p-7:00p, Register Online

*for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-12 years old


Thursday, February 1

Triple P: Support School Attendance of Elementary Age Students

Hosted on Zoom 11:30a-12:30p, Register Online

*for parents/caregivers of elementary age children

Thursday, February 1

Triple P: Support School Attendance of Teen Age Students

Hosted on Zoom 1:00p-2:00p, Register Online

*for parents/caregivers of teens and pre-teens

Thursday, February 1

Triple P: Positive Parenting for Children with a Disability

Hosted on Zoom 1:30p-3:00p, Zoom Link

*for parents/caregivers of children with a developmental disability

Monday, February 5

Triple P: Helping Children Cope with Frustration

Hosted at Tolson Center, 5:30p-7:00p, Register Online

*for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-12 years old

Wednesday, February 7

Triple P: Setting Healthy Screentime Guidelines for Children

Hosted at Heart City Church, 6:00p-7:30p, Register Online

*for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-12 years old

*Dinner at 6:00p, workshop at 6:30p

Thursdays, February 8- April 4

Triple P Group

Hosted at CAPS, 5:30p-7:30p, Download PDF FlyerRegister Online

*for parents/caregivers of children ages 2-12 years old

Events in Spanish


Thursday, December 7

Triple P Workshop: Supporting School Attendance (for parents of elementary school students)

Hosted on Zoom, 6:00p-7:00p, Download PDF FlyerRegister Online

*for parents/caregivers with elementary age students

Thursday, December 7

Triple P Workshop: Supporting School Attendance (for parents of teens)

Hosted on Zoom, 7:30p-8:30p, Download PDF FlyerRegister Online

*for parents/caregivers with teens or pre-teens

Tuesday, December 12

Triple P: Coping with Stress

Hosted at the Roosevelt Center, south side Elkhart, 5:30p-7:00p, Register Online

*for all parents and caregivers

Tuesday, December 19

Triple P: Supporting Healthy Relationships and Managing Disagreements

Hosted at Beacon Aquatic Center, downtown Elkhart, 6:00p-7:00p, Register Online

*for all parents and caregivers

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