‘The Incredible Years'

Article Published: Feb. 14 | Modified: Feb. 14
‘The Incredible Years'

Would you like to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of fussing and/or nagging you do with your children to help them behave as they should?

Would you like to learn how to build a positive foundation upon which to build discipline techniques with your children?

Would you like to learn specific strategies to positively and appropriately deal with misbehaviors your children may be exhibiting or developing?

Would you like to meet with other parents who have children of similar ages to share discipline ideas and develop a network of friends who can support each other?

If so, the Children’s Council of Watauga County is offering classes you may want to join.

The Children’s Council is offering two classes based on positive parenting and discipline strategies, called “The Incredible Years.” The classes are free and available to all interested parents with children ages 2 through 12.

Lynette Walker, experienced early childhood professional with the Children’s Council, and Dr. Gary Childers, retired educator, co-teach both classes and bring years of successful experience working with children and parents in Watauga County to the sessions. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants per class, so parents are encouraged to register right away if interested.

Two classes will be offered, with each lasting 14 weeks. A class for parents of children ages 2 through 6 will be taught at the Children’s Council complex on Thursdays, from noon to 2:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 20.

Additionally, a class for parents of children ages 6 through 12 will be taught at Hardin Park Elementary School on Wednesdays, from 5:30 till 8 p.m., beginning Feb. 19.

The Children’s Council has designed the program to make it as easy as possible for busy parents to participate. A free meal will be provided prior to each class, and free childcare will be offered, as well. In addition to those amenities, in recognition of the time commitment required by parents to participate, the Children’s Council will reward participants with a $10 gift or gas card every two weeks they attend.

According to The Incredible Years website, “The Incredible Years parenting training intervention is a series of programs for parents focused on strengthening parenting competencies and fostering parent involvement in children’s school experiences, to promote children’s academic, social and emotional competencies and reduce conduct problems.”

For more information, visit http://incredibleyears.com/programs/parent/.

To register, or for more information, contact the Children’s Council office at (828) 262-5424, or come by 225 Birch St. in Boone, and ask to speak to Lynette Walker, Gary Childers or Robin Triplett.

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