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New parenting group workshop starting

Sep 29, 2016

A new parenting group workshop, based on the best-selling book “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk,” will start at noon Oct. 6 at Optimae Life Services’ Recovery Center.

The six-session workshop is free, but a $25 materials deposit per family is collected. Optimae will provide all the necessary materials.Lunch will be provided for participants at all group meetings.

The workshop is courtesy of a grant from Jefferson and Van Buren counties. It will be led by BHIS Skills Coach Joy Small and overseen by Anne Lindyberg, M.S., T.L.M.H.C.

Certificates of Completion will be awarded to attendees at the conclusion of the program. Advance registration is requested. Contact Joni Elder at 472-5771. A maximum of 10 spaces is available.

Parents will learn proven skills, such as how to set limits while maintaining goodwill, cope with their child’s negative feelings, express anger without hurting, engage their child’s willing cooperation, and help their child become caring and responsible. Parents also will learn how to resolve conflicts peacefully and create a family atmosphere of love and respect.

“Parents are on the firing line seven days a week. Yet few of them have had any training for this demanding job. No wonder even the most well-intentioned parents often find themselves feeling frustrated, bewildered, guilty or alone,” said Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, award-winning authors of the book and program.

“The How to Talk So Kids Will Listen workshop gives parents a chance to learn practical new skills and exchange ideas and experiences with each other,” notes Lindyberg.

In studies, one in Wisconsin, and others in Colorado and North Dakota, researchers found that attending parents developed skills that significantly and lastingly improved the quality of their family life. Studies also found that these new-found skills worked equally well with children of all ages.


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