The following is a menu of possible education topics for parents of high school or grade school students.  These “presentations” can be designed according to the interests and participation of the audience. They are stated as questions to stimulate interest. Teaching methods can include various combinations of lecture, power point, real life examples, research-based explanations, demonstrations, small group discussion, individual exercises, question and answer, and others. The immediate goal is to pique the interest and motivation of parents to improve their parenting practices as the primary way to improve their relationships with their children.  Parents need to understand that they are the primary educators of their children through both modeling and the dynamics and quality of their relationships with their children. The larger goal is to engage parents in well-researched parenting training to improve their skills.   

  1. How do I deal with a defiant child?
  2. Should I give orders, give choices, or just give in?
  3. How do I stop my kids from fighting?
  4. How do I get my spouse to cooperate with me on parenting?
  5. What is the secret to teaching kids responsibility?
  6. How do I handle a temper tantrum?
  7. What does my child want by misbehaving?
  8. Why doesn’t my child take me seriously?
  9. How do I get my kids to talk to me?
  10. Why do I have to get angry to get them to do something?
  11. Should I punish them more when they keep misbehaving?
  12. How do I help my child be successful in school?

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Read About Our Flagship Parenting Program 

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting 

Our flagship parenting program. STEP is one of most comprehensive, well researched parenting programs available. While most parenting programs offer piece meal bits of wisdom, STEP is solidly integrated to teach parents how to understand their children, apply strategies and skills, problem solve many issues, and evaluate their success. Parents are not spoon fed answers, but taught how to think through and trouble shoot parenting issues now and in the future.

Who is it for?

  • STEP is for couples, step-parents, single parents, foster parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, and anyone raising children.
  • Parents who want to improve their relationships with their children.
  • Parents living in the same household attend together.
  • Versions are available for parents of pre-school, grade school, and teenage children.
  • Children do not attend, but benefit greatly.

How Do I know If I Need It?

  • You can’t get your child to take much responsibility.
  • You and your partner differ on how to handle parenting decisions.
  • Your discipline efforts don’t seem to work very well.
  • You struggle repeatedly with how to handle certain situations.
  • You want to better understand and support your child.
  • You get into arguments with your child that don’t go well.
  • You want to help your child do well in school and avoid getting in trouble.

What does it involve?

  • STEP is an educational program conducted in a small group of 8-12 parents.
  • Participation is on a volunteer basis. Nobody is pressured to talk.  
  • STEP uses a variety of teaching methods: reading, brief presentations, videos of parent-child interactions, short written assignments, group exercises and discussion, trouble shooting, support, coaching and feedback, and home practice.
  • Parents make a commitment to learn, apply, and practice tried-and-true parenting strategies and skills.

How Long Does It Take?

  • It only takes about a quarter of a century to raise a child :)
  • The group is conducted over ten 2 hour sessions.
  • Programs are offered on different days and times.

How Do We Register?

  • Send us an email and provide us your contact information.
  • We provide a free phone consultation to help you decide if the program is right for you.
  • All parents meet with the group leader for a free orientation session ahead of time.
  • Registration is complete upon payment for the program. 
  • Fees are discussed when you Contact Us.

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