A three-session class, Becoming a Love and Logic Parent, will be offered Sunday evenings starting October 28, from 6-8:30 p.m., at Storm Lake Middle School. Presenting the class will be Storm Lake Middle School Educator Jamie Bral.
The presentation is patterned after the book, "Parenting with Love an Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility," by Foster Cline and Jim Fay.
Three cornerstones of the program are shared power, consequences with empathy and maintenance of self-concept. For example, if a daughter comes home with a poor report card, a parent might 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 of the thinking. Any consequences the parent imposes should follow the "Three R's." That is, they should be reasonable, relevant, and respectful.
Since more and more teachers at the middle school are using the "Love and Logic" methods, there has been a decrease in the number of behavior referrals.
Kay Anthony, Middle 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 the stress - most of the stress - out of parenting."
A $10 work book fee (one per couple) is charged, with scholarships available. Child care is provided at each session, with a one time fee of $3 per family.
Parents are encouraged to sign up even if they are unable to make every session.
Call the Comm"UNITY" Education Office at 732-5711 to register.