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Parenting Programs Taking Registrations

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Several award winning parenting programs will soon be available for local parents, grandparents, teachers and other caregivers.

The programs are being made available through a partnership with the Skamania Klickitat Community Network, Klickitat County Health Department, Community Mobilization Against Substance Abuse and Hood River County Commission on Children and Families.

Love and Logic is based on a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., and is drawn on their many years of experiences gained during working with and raising kids.

Love and Logic offers adults an alternative way to communicate with children. It provides simple and practical techniques to help teachers and parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids.

The Love and Logic techniques produce immediate results because the methods are simple, practical, and easy to learn and can be used with toddlers to teenagers. The concepts behind Love and Logic place emphasis on respect and dignity for children and at the same time allows parents to grasp straightforward approaches that make sense.

Beginning Feb. 5, the program will be presented in Dallesport at the elementary school on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Judy Shinn will be leading the 6-week program. She recently attended Love and Logic training in Colorado, and has offered the program previously in Wishram.

There is no charge to attend, and childcare will be available for parents.

Register by calling (866) 631-1997, or download and print a registration form off the Network's parenting support website http://community.gorge.net/skcnparentsupport. Mail the completed form to SKCN, PO Box 2306, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.

Registrations will be accepted up until the first class. Late registrations will be added to the next scheduled series.

Strengthening Families will also be offered, beginning Feb. 25 in White Salmon.

Strengthening Families is a free 7-week family skills and parenting series where parents and children ages 10-14 learn new ways to talk, listen and work together. Parents and children meet separately the first hour, then join together the last hour to practice the new skills acquired.

Deidre Duffy and Johanna Roe will facilitate the program. It will be held at the Pinecrest Nazarene Church in White Salmon, beginning Monday, Feb. 25.

The program will run from 5:45 to 8:15 pm, with dinner and childcare provided.

Early registration is encouraged, as these popular classes fill up fast. For Strengthening Families, call Deidre Duffy at 493-1927, or Johanna Roe at (866) 631-1997 or download and print a registration form off the Network's website at http://community.gorge.net/skcnparentsupport. Mail the completed form to SKCN, PO Box 2306, White Salmon, Wash. 98672.

Registrations will be accepted up until the first class. Late registrations will be added to the next scheduled series.

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