Friday, September 25, 2015

Why Parents Love "Parent Talk"

Guest blogger Marj Hyde, First Steps Manager

I'm a parent and just have to say for the record that it's the most wonderful yet difficult job I have. When my daughter was a baby we struggled with colic for the first few months, then with asthma, and later with a strong will. I wished for a child with a guarantee of good health and happy feelings. And more sleep for us! Dream on. The challenges changed as she and her brother grew older and being their mom was/is wonderful but it never got easy.

Wouldn't you love some really effective support and strategies to make parenting easier? To connect with other parents under the guidance of an amazing instructor? Parent Talk is just the ticket.

First Steps, a division of Rec & Ed, has been offering a popular 6-week series called Parent Talk for several years. Here's what parents have told us:

"Such a great experience. Coming to class was fun and exciting. [It] was great to learn from Ann and peers in the group. I learned so many concrete skills to keep in my pocket - skills that have become commonplace in our family dialogue. Thank you so much!" 
--Parent of a 4 year old.

"The class was excellent and extremely informative. I learned strategies that I can use with my son on a daily basis." 
--Parent of a 1 year old

"This class exceeded my expectations. My favorite Parent Talk System principle was the one minute modifier - well, most of them actually. I recommend this class to everyone!" 
--Parent of a 3 year old.

Parent Talk System is a style of communicating with children that creates emotionally healthy family relationships. It is a skill-based program that teaches you a series of verbal skills and language patterns to help you raise responsible, respectful children while reducing stress and family conflict.

Instructor Ann Stalhandske, M.Ed. leads you through the 6 weeks using a variety of instructional methods including video vignettes. There is plenty of time for parental sharing of successes and lots of humor. By coming together and learning new ideas, you'll be amazed at how quickly you can make your home an even happier place.

So, if you're like me and have strong children with ideas of their own and you want to help them feel great about themselves, consider joining the Fall class with Ann. You won't regret it!
 
Parent Talk 
6:45 - 8:45 p.m.
Mondays, October 26 - December 7 (no class on Nov. 23)
W. Scott Westerman Preschool and Family Center, 2775 Boardwalk Dr Room D108
Fee: $89 and includes a workbook. $89 allows both parents/guardians to attend together. 

Easy registration HERE
Questions? Email firststeps@aaps.k12.mi.us


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