Positive Parenting in Machias

January 10, 2011; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…………………………………………………………………….a pdf poster is available upon request
CONTACT:  Candy Eaton, Program Director
Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services Inc.
52 Christian Ridge Road, Ellsworth, ME  04605

207-667-5304, ext.

261; children@downeasthealth.org




The Downeast Children’s Council and Maine Families: Washington County are pleased to announce a new 8-week Tuesday series for parents and guardians of toddlers beginning February 8th at 5:30pm-7:30pm.  If you are interested in participating in this FREE series, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261 to reserve your place (maximum of 12 parents or guardians).

A joint project of Downeast Health Services and the Down East Community Hospital, “Positive Parenting during the Incredible Toddler years” will show some of the ways that parents can nurture, teach and respond to their toddlers in sensitive ways that bring about their optimal social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.  At one year of age, as babies change from infants to toddlers, there is a shift in the way they interact with their parents.  Suddenly,

your baby becomes aware of himself as an individual as well as aware of other fascinating and irresistible objects in his environment such as stuffed animals, rattles, dogs and toys.  This stage is alternately endearing, entertaining, exhausting, and exasperating for parents.

Each week, we will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss and learn from each other about a specific topic specific to “The Incredible Years for Toddlers (1-3 years – The Age of Exploration)”.  Linda Levesque, parent educator, will facilitate conversations about the following topics: 


February 8th:  “Child-Directed Play Promotes Positive Relationships”


February 15th:  “Promoting Toddlers’ Language With Child-Directed Coaching”


February 22nd:  “Coaching Toddlers’ Social and Emotional Competence”


March 1st:  “Art of Effective Praise and Encouragement”


March 8th:  “Spontaneous Incentives for Toddlers”


March 15th:  “Handling Separation and Reunions With Toddlers”


March 22nd:  “Positive Discipline and Effective Limit Setting”


March 29th:  “Positive Discipline – Handling Misbehavior”

This course is based on well-established behavioral / social-learning and child development principles that describe how behaviors are learned and how they can be changed.  At the core of this approach is the simple idea that people change as a result of the interactions they have on a daily basis with one another.  In the first lesson, parents and other adults will learn how to play with a child.  This seems like such an easy and straightforward task that most adults overlook the importance of developing good play skills.  These skills, however, are some of the most important of all for fostering positive interactions with children and reducing behavior problems.  Moreover, play is a time when adults can respond to children in ways that build a good self-concept and encourage social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

Downeast Children’s Council, a program of Downeast Health Services Inc. seeks to provide all families with parent education and support.  You learned how to parent an infant.  Now, you need to “upgrade” your skills to parent a toddler.  This is so that you can do a more difficult job equally well and feel good about doing it!  Please call 667-5304 ext. 261, email children@downeasthealth.org or visit our website at www.downeasthealth.org for additional information on parenting classes, support groups and family resources available in Downeast Maine.   

Maine Families: Washington County, a program of Down East Community Hospital, understands that all parents want the best for their babies.  Their caring and professional home visitors will partner with you to access the information and resources that can support the physical and emotional health of your baby and entire family.  A strong foundation increases the chances of a bright and healthy future.  FMI, call 255-0438 or visit www.mainefamilies.org to learn more.

This series is funded by the Maine Children’s Trust.  For additional information, visit their website at www.mechildrenstrust.org.



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