[HCCN] PR: Weekly Parenting with Dignity for Men

Candy Eaton children at downeasthealth.org
Wed Oct 6 10:12:37 EDT 2010

  October 6, 2010, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Candy Eaton, Program Director
/Hancock County Children's Council, a program of
Downeast Health Services Inc., and the
*_52 Christian Ridge Road_*
Ellsworth, ME  04605-1087
207-667-5304 ext. 261
children at downeasthealth.org <mailto:children at downeasthealth.org>/

"Weekly Group for Dads, Step-Dads & Grand-Dads"

The Hancock County Children's Council is pleased to announce that our 
Parenting with Dignity® series has been changed from a monthly group to 
a weekly group on Tuesday evenings in October & November 2010 at 
5:30-7:30pm. Five men began the series last night, and are inviting 
other dads, step-dads and grandfathers to join them. A special make-up 
session will be held at 4pm on Tuesday, October 12^th for anyone who 
wishes to join this group. If you are interested in participating in 
this FREE series, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261.

Downeast Health Services is hosting this weekly parenting series just 
for men titled "Parenting with Dignity®". Based on the video series of 
the same name, Mac Bledsoe (NFL Drew Bledsoe's father), shares his 
parenting philosophy "/"Our children will make all of the most important 
decisions in their lives - on their own. As parents, the only thing we 
can do is teach them how to make good decisions"./
/ /
Fundamental to the Parenting with Dignity® curriculum is a focus on 
developing parenting skills that help to address many of the challenges 
faced by inexperienced and unprepared parents. Help your kids to realize 
their dreams by:

    * Discovering "the three P's of goal setting"
    * Find out about the five simple, but powerful rules for parents
    * Learn six reasons why punishment does not bring about meaningful
      change in children
    * Learn how to obtain appropriate behavior from your kids
    * Open the lines of communication
    * And, have them develop sound decision making skills

Parenting with Dignity® teaches parents how to instill a sense of 
responsible decision making in their kids.  This is a positive approach 
to parenting that is simple, easily understood, applicable in any 
situation, and incredibly intuitive. Learn how to foster happy, 
self-directed children with a strong value structure and a sense of 
accountability for their actions. Discover how to teach your children to 
act appropriately in different situations, and to be confident in their 
self worth because they know they have the unconditional love of their 
parents and belief in themselves.

Downeast Health Services Inc, is promoting protective factors for 
protecting children and promoting healthy families. Protective factors 
are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase 
the health and well-being of children and families. They are attributes 
that serve as buffers, helping parents to find resources, supports, or 
coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress.

A child's early experience of being nurtured and developing a bond with 
a caring adult affects all aspects of behavior and development. When 
parents and children have strong, warm feelings for one another, 
children develop trust that their parents will provide what they need to 
thrive, including love, acceptance, positive guidance and protection.

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 
development 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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