Parenting Education and Support
Parenting may be the most difficult and challenging job you ever do. Children don’t come with instruction books; it is difficult to know what to do when your children misbehave. It is also hard to know how to help them grow up in the best way. Research shows that parents still have the greatest influence on their kids, more than anything or anyone else. You are your child’s best bet for a safe, happy and fulfilling life. Be involved with your kids. Talk to your kids. Give your kids a chance at a really great future.
Programs for parents:
The Incredible Years—All About Baby
A 14–week program for parents expecting a child or who have a child under age two. Topics include:
- Baby and Toddler curriculum of the Incredible Years
- Happiest Baby on the Block
- Happiest Toddler on the Block
- Signing with your Baby
The Incredible Years—Preschool and School Age
An award-winning 14-week parenting training program for parents of children 3-11 years old that improves parenting skills and strengthens families by:
- Encouraging positive and nurturing parenting
- Decreasing negative behaviors and non-cooperation with parents
- Decreasing disruptive behaviors in children.
Staying Connected With Your Teen
A 14-week educational skill-building program created for families with children between ages 12 and 17. The program will focus on strengthening family bonds, establishing clear standards for behavior, managing teenagers behaviors, and encouraging adolescents to grow toward independence.
Raising grandchildren is often unexpected and can be very challenging. There are many legal, financial, ethical and emotional difficulties faced by grandparents as the primary parent. Most grandparents have lots of love to share and a real desire to help their grandchildren but may feel alone and isolated.
FREE support groups are offered once a month at Lacey Springs Elementary School. Contact Marilyn Turner for more information at 540-236-6638.
Programs for youth during parent classes:
Babies and toddlers under age 3—Songs, stories and toys that incorporate numbers and colors.
For kids ages 3—5 years—An early literacy program that incorporates crafts, songs and stories to build literacy and an understanding of emotions.
For youth ages 6—10 years—A prevention program that involves practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision making skills, analyzing peer influence.
All classes are free to participants. Paid for in part by RMH, the United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, the United Way of Greater Augusta and the United Way of Page County.