Guantanamo Bay Offers 'New Parents' Support Group

Story Number: NNS110204-02Release Date: 2/4/2011 8:57:00 AM
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By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Bill Mesta, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) aboard Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, (GTMO) held its first new parents support group, Feb. 2.

The support group was formed to give parents an opportunity to network with other parents aboard the naval station.

"The group is going to be a supportive group for parents to talk about issues that they are having or just to support each other in raising children," said Susan Perez, GTMO Fleet and Family Support Center Education Services facilitator.

During the month of February, the support group will meet at 9 a.m., Feb. 22 and Feb. 25, at the Cooper Field playground area.

"It doesn't matter who you are, parenting can become a challenge," said GTMO Command Master Chief(SW/EXW/AW) J. D. McKinney. "This is an opportunity for parents to come together and share some of the challenges and triumphs that they have experienced with their children."

Beginning in March, the group will expand its schedule to include evening sessions.

"In March we will begin meeting at 9 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday," said Perez. "We will also offer a 5:30 p.m. 'new parents' meeting on the first and third Thursday."

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the meetings.

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