Monday, October 7, 2013

How to nurture your child while building responsibility and setting limits

Strangely, many strategies for building a healthy emotional relationship with your child and keeping family stress to a minimum involve giving up. Giving up comparing your child to others. Giving up always doing for your children what they can do for themselves.

Many parents find that a certain amount of giving up is liberating. It opens the door to interactions with their children that are both uplifting and encourage independence and responsibility. But every parent knows these kinds of conversations are not always easy, especially when a child is melting down.

That’s where the nationally-known Parent Talk System ( comes in. Relevant for all parents, Parent Talk is a style of communicating with children that creates emotionally healthy family relationships. It’s a practical, skill-building program that teaches parents a series of verbal skills and language patterns to help them raise responsible, respectful children while reducing stress and family conflicts.

First Steps, a division of Rec&Ed, started offering Parent Talk classes last fall. Feedback from parents was very positive, with all participants saying they’d recommend the program to a friend.

During the 6 week class, parents learn how to set limits, teach responsibility, encourage problem solving, promote independence, and explore the power of the words we use. While the focus tends to be on preschool or elementary-age children, the class is tailored to the ages of the registered parents’ children. These skills are powerful, no matter your child’s age.

Instructor Ann Stalhandske, M.Ed., shares these strategies through a variety of methods including video vignettes. Ann helps parents gain confidence in using new tools that really work. Parents actively share their successes each week and work on new skills with lots of group support and humor.

Parent Talk starts THIS THURSDAY, October 10 – there still a few spaces left!
It runs each Thursday, Oct 10 -- Nov 21 (no class on10/31/13)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Preschool & Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr., Room D108
Fee: $89 for 6 weeks of classes - includes a workbook. 
(Both parents/guardians may attend for that price.)
Questions? Email

Click HERE for easy registration!

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