MADISON, NJ – Madison Alliance Addressing Substance Abuse is hosting a program for parents and grandparents called “Forging Positive Futures by Positive Parenting.”  

Parenting today can be challenging, the organization said, but this program—lead by certified parent coach Mary Funari—sheds light on topics many parents deal with when raising young adults and offers guidance.

Funari has at least 10 years of experience supporting and empowering parents individually, as couples and in groups. Her interactive and engaging parent workshops and courses have been presented at schools, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

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Funari has trained extensively in positive communication and mindfulness meditation, which she said she enjoys sharing with her clients and audiences.

This free event is a four-session, evening workshop held 6:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8 and 15 at the Madison Area YMCA.

Each session focuses on a different topic to help promote positive decision making, which can lead to a healthy future, both mentally and physically.

Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming sessions:

Oct. 25 - Workshop 1

Maintaining your parent-child relationship with positive communication and listening skills.

Nov. 1 - Workshop 2

Building self-esteem and resilience in your child/teen by focusing on strengths and what’s possible.

Nov. 8 - Workshop 3

Guiding your future adult towards “success” by exploring your core value and priorities.

Nov. 15 - Workshop 4

Managing real-life conflicts by practicing collaborative problem-solving skills and healthy boundaries.


Free childcare will be provided during the event for those in need.

Please RSVP to Lindsay Prewitt of the Madison Health Department at 973-418-3747 or

For security purposes, the Madison YMCA requires a photo ID for admission to the building.