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Parenting classes begin soon

by Cary Jackson

Now that school is back in session and things are starting to get back to normal (whatever that is), it’s time once again to offer Family Support Council’s parent education classes for the fall quarter. The parenting classes have been offered for 11 years now, and hundreds of families have learned new skills for effective parenting. Over the years, parent response has always been the same, gratitude.

Most of these parents just needed a new way of parenting, because the old way wasn’t working. Times have changed drastically since our parents and grandparents raised a generation. Because of the many factors that affect our lifestyles, the old methods of raising children have given way.

What has changed and how do we adjust? For one, we have become an increasingly democratic society. People want to be treated as equals. However, equality doesn’t mean that children can always have their own way, but it does mean they can have their say there is a big difference. Home is where teaching children to think for themselves should begin, thus preparing them for the real world -life skills!

Many feel that with both parents working or with single parenting, there is no time left to have a relationship with children, but nothing should be more important. A child’s first and foremost relationship is with the parent. If our children can’t relate to us, whom will they relate to? Our relationship with our children, good, bad or indifferent will affect them their entire lifetime.

When a child misbehaves, is there a follow-through with a consequence? If we don’t take time to teach our children to be accountable for their own actions, who will? Children learn what they live, so what are they learning? What are they being taught by example at home?

If this all sounds too easy well, it is! There really are some simple techniques one can apply that can work to enhance the quality of parenting skills. It’s also a lot of fun when there is a group of parents together who are all experiencing similar situations and realizing they are not alone.

New parenting classes begin Oct. 3 for parents of teens, Oct. 4 for parents of kids 0-5 and Oct. 5 for parents of kids 6-12. Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for seven consecutive weeks. Pre-registration is a must.

There is free child care on the premises and a $5 fee for material. Continuing education credits are also available upon request and special arrangement.

For more information, call 782-8692 or drop by the Family Support Council office, 1255 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

n Cary Jackson is a parent educator with the Family Support council.