New Parenting Class offers Unique Opportunity for Parents and Children to Learn Together
FIRC is offering the a parenting class for parents with children ages 5-12. The Nurturing Parenting Program will focus on:
Positive parenting skills and self-nurturing
Home practice exercises
Family nurturing time
Activities to promote positive brain development in children 5 to 12 years of age.
The class is designed for parents and children to both participate. Some classes will be separated by parents and children and some classes will be together.
English – Wednesdays March 8th – May 13th, no class on April 19th
Spanish – Thursdays March 9th – May 14th, no class on April 20th
Class Times: Dinner 5:30-6:00, Class 6:00-7:30pm
Location: FIRC office in Silverthorne 251 W 4th St.
Class Cost: $10 for the entire course. Childcare and dinner are provided
Instructors: English – Katie Schmidt & Laura Brown
About the Class
Providing a safe and caring environment for children to thrive is the goal of most parents, but knowing the best methods and techniques on how to achieve this can be more complicated. This March, the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) is offering a 10-session parenting class to help strengthen families.
“We are very excited to offer the Nurturing Parenting curriculum to parents with children ages 5-12,” said Matt Madsen, FIRC’s Healthy Families Manager. “Nurturing Parenting provides an opportunity for parents and their children to learn about empathy, discipline and expressing feelings together so they can determine the best ways to implement these principles in their family. This course also offers the unique opportunity for children to participate in classes as well. Some classes will be together with the parents and others will be keep the parents and children separate.”
The Nurturing Parenting curriculum is based on giving parents the knowledge on how to use and teach the following principles with the goal of developing a nurturing home that gives children the best start to life:
- Feelings of attachment – helping parents understand the importance of attachment and providing unconditional love
- Empathy – How to care for yourself and others
- Nurturing Oneself – building skills and personal power to take care of yourself
- Gentle Touch – studies show children who experience gentle touch have a stronger ability to maintain healthy relationships.
- Discipline – cannot be forced, but modeled by parents or role models who children admire. The course will teach alternatives to hitting, spanking and yelling as forms of communication.
- Expressing Feelings –teach appropriate ways to communicate feelings while showing respect to others
- Expectations and Self-Worth – knowing what to expect of children as they reach physical, emotional and intellectual milestones is important in developing children’s self-worth.
The classes are developed around these principles and build on each other to teach parents and children the skills they need to provide a nurturing home environment.
“The upcoming class is designed for any parent that wants extra guidance to being the best parent they can be,” said Madsen. “Their kids will be learning the same principles in their classes, which encourages the parents and children to come together to collaborate on how these lessons could work in their family.”
While the upcoming course is focused on parents with children ages 5-12, this curriculum will be offered for parents with infants, toddlers and teens at other times during the year. All courses are based on the same principles and language so families can build on their knowledge depending on the age of their children.