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PACT offers parenting classes

by Cary Jackson

How do you handle temper tantrums, children who love to sass back, a 6-year-old who won’t take a bath or teens who think they know everything and you know nothing? Parents are constantly exposed to advice on how to raise their children.

Family Support Council’s Parents and Children Together (PACT) program is offering classes to help parents develop skills for listening, resolving conflicts and exploring alternatives with their children. They learn how to use encouragement and logical consequences to modify their children’s self-defeating motives and behaviors.

Family Support Council’s parenting classes are a practical alternative to help meet the challenges of raising children today.

“In a group setting, parents provide encouragement for each other,” says Deborah Van Bruggen, coordinator of PACT. “They share concerns and soon learn that their problems are not unique. The reading assignments, discussions and video clips help parents become aware of the purpose for children’s misbehavior and that their own reactions and attitudes may have influenced their children’s unacceptable behavior.”

The Parenting classes being offered are as follows: “Surviving Your Teen,” starting April 20 on Tuesdays evenings; “Parenting Young Children” (ages 0-5), April 21, Wednesday evenings; and “Effective Parenting” (ages 6-12), April 22, Thursday evenings. The classes will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for seven consecutive weeks.

There is a $5 material charge and child care is available on the premises at no charge. For further information, contact Family Support Council at 782-8692 or drop by 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville to pre-register or for any questions you may have.

This program is sponsored by the Nevada Children’s Trust and Title XX.

n Cary Jackson is a parent educator for the PACT program.