Face challenges, solve problems with parenting programs from ISU Extension

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ISE Extension logoIowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dallas County is offering two parenting programs this winter, both of which will be available in English and Spanish.

Parents of infants through preschoolers are invited to attend Great Beginnings for Families, a program helping mothers and fathers learn how to administer positive discipline effectively and to give guidance to young people coping with anger and conflict.

Parents will be introduced to the skill of encouraging learning through play, and they will learn lessons in the key principles of child development.

“Trying to communicate or reason with a little one whose language isn’t developed can cause stress for both child and parent, presenting unique yet frustrating challenges,” said ISU Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson. “This program provides participants with the tools they need to overcome these challenges and build a strong family.”

Great Beginnings for Families will meet Fridays from Jan. 22 to Feb. 19. The classes will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Perry Head Start,  2814 First Ave. in Perry.

The second parenting program, Together We Can: Creating a Healthy Future Together, will be Mondays from Feb. 15 to March 7. The classes will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Perry Elementary School, 1600 Eighth St. in Perry.

Together We Can is for single parents with young children or for couples in unstable relationships who want to work together to resolve conflict and be involved in their child’s life. Together We Can helps participants develop a positive vision for their child and map out the steps to achieve it.

“Research shows children benefit when parents collaborate,” said ISU Extension Specialist Rosa Gonzalez. “This program is really about gaining the knowledge you need to come together and create the best outcomes for your child.”

Both programs are free, and free child care will also be provided.

For more information or to register for the English-language sessions of Great Beginnings for Families or Together We Can, contact ISU Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson at lmickel@iastate.edu or 515-993-4281.

For more information or to register for the Spanish-language sessions, contact ISU Extension Specialist Rosa Gonzalez at rdegonza@iastate.edu or 515-490-2298.

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