Article Published: Aug. 30, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 30, 2012
The Children’s Council of Watauga County (CCWCI) is offering a new parent education program, “The Incredible Years,” beginning Sept. 12.
The program will be available at no cost for parents with children ages 2 to 8 years old.
“The Incredible Years program helps parents to connect with children through play, to set clear limits and consequences and to build a child’s self-esteem,” said Crystal Kelly, executive director of CCWCI. “Parents will also learn effective strategies for handling misbehavior and how to motivate children in healthy ways. If a parent or caregiver is stressed out, Incredible Years can help.”
The classes focuses on the developmental progress of preschoolers and young children; giving parents and children tools to understand and communicate feelings, solve problems, manage anger, practice friendship and conversation skills and to behave appropriately. By enhancing parenting skills, it increases parent confidence and allows them to enjoy more of their children’s “incredible years.”
Child care will be available if participants would like to bring them along, but advanced registration is required for child care. Parents are not required to bring the children, however.
The classes are taught by trained leaders and co-leaders with a curriculum that was developed by Carolyn Webster-Stratton, professor and director of the Parenting Clinic at the University of Washington.
Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at the Children’s Council, located at the Family Resource Center on Birch Street in Boone. The classes run for 14 weeks.
Space is limited, and the deadline to register is Sept 5.