[HCCN] PR - Positive Parenting Series
children at downeasthealth.org
Thu Feb 19 13:33:56 EST 2009
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community. A PDF poster is attached for your use as well.
February 19, 2009: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Candy Eaton, Program Director
*_"Positive Parenting -- Nurturing Young Children (Part I)" Series
The Hancock County Children's Council is pleased to announce a new
"Positive Parenting -- Nurturing Young Children" 5-week series beginning
Monday, March 16, 2009, 5:30pm-7:30pm, at Downeast Health Services, 52
Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME. Linda Levesque will present this
FREE series designed for parents, guardians and caregivers of young
children. The Nurturing Program® for Parents & Their Infants, Toddlers
& Preschoolers Parent Handbook will be available for $15.00.
This is a multi-session, group-based program where parents and children
learn about empathy; appropriate behaviors, brain development; rewards
and punishments, praise and self-esteem, non-violent discipline and ways
to have fun as a family. Register by contacting Candy Eaton at
667-5304 ext. 261, or email children at downeasthealth.org
<mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>. Class size will be limited to
Parents know their children best -- their unique behaviors, interests,
and abilities. But it is challenging for any parent to be an expert on
all aspects of infant and child development or the most effective ways
to support a child at each stage.
The philosophy of /Nurturing Parenting/ emphasizes the importance of
raising children in a warm, trusting and caring household. Nurturing is
a universal parenting practice. To nurture is to nourish, to nurse and
to promote the positive growth of children's physical, emotional, social
and spiritual well-being. It is the one common characteristic all the
families of the world share. In addition, we will cover topics of
bullying, TV violence, communicating with young children and building
self-esteem in the early years. We will practice strategies to be
effective with discipline, help your child learn to cooperate, and
increase your enjoyment and effectiveness as a parent.
There is extensive research linking healthy child development to
effective parenting. Children thrive when parents provide not only
affection, but also respectful communication and listening, consistent
rules and expectations, and safe opportunities that promote
independence. Successful parenting fosters psychological adjustment,
helps children succeed in school, encourages curiosity about the world,
and motivates children to achieve. Parenting skills cannot be static;
as children grow and mature, parents need to change the way they respond
to their children's needs. In addition, parenting styles need to be
adjusted for each child's individual temperament and unique
When parents share their concerns and perspectives on their children,
there is an opportunity to explore solutions and share resources.
Information about parenting and child development may help you assess
your child's development relative to others of the same age, help you to
have realistic expectations for your child's behavior and explore ways
to communicate those expectations effectively. You will learn how to
guide a child's behavior and reinforce desired / appropriate behavior,
ways to model desirable behavior, and non-punitive disciplinary
techniques, such as setting limits, redirecting attention or behavior,
and logical consequences for actions.
The Maine Children's Trust has generously contributed to the support of
these parenting classes. The mission of the Maine Children's Trust is
to prevent the abuse and neglect of Maine's children. Visit the Trust's
website at www.mechildrenstrust.org <http://www.mechildrenstrust.org/>
or call 207-623-5120 for more information.
Downeast Health Services Inc provides for the health, safety, and
well-being of children and their families in Downeast Maine through 10
core program services areas. Please contact the Hancock County
Children's Council to learn about other parenting classes and workshops
available in your community or visit our Parent Resource Library at 52
Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth. You may visit our website at
www.downeasthealth.org <http://www.downeasthealth.org/> for additional
information on child safety and family educational resources available
or contact Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261 or email
children at downeasthealth.org <mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>.
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