A four-session class, "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent," will be offered Sunday and Monday evenings, September 28 and 29 and October 5 and 6, 6-8 pm, at the Storm Lake Middle School.
Presenting the class will be Storm Lake Middle School faculty members Jaymie Bral and Diane Jones. The classes are based on the book, "Parenting with Love and Logic - Teaching Children Responsibility," by Foster Cline and Jim Fay.
The three cornerstones of the program are shared power, consequences with empathy and maintenance of self-concept. For example, if a child comes home with a poor report card, a parent may get angry and threaten punishment. Love and Logic would suggest saying, "I'll bet you're really sad to receive grades like this. You must feel terrible," then walk away and let the child do some thinking. Any consequences the parent imposes should follow the Three R's. That is, they should be reasonable, relevant and respectful.
There has been a decrease in the number of behavioral referrals at the Middle School as more and more teachers have started using Love and Logic methods.
A school counselor adds, "Responsibility is like anything else - it has to be learned through practice. With this win/win approach to parenting, kids win because they learn responsibility and the logic of life by solving their own problems. Parents win because they establish healthy control without resorting to anger, threats, nagging or exhausting power struggles. It just takes much of the stress out of parenting."
The fee for the four-session class is $10, which includes one workbook per family. Childcare is provided for a one-time $3 fee.
Call CommUNITY Education at 732-5711 by September 23 to register.