Positive Parenting in SWH

April 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 Harbor House Community Center are pleased to announce a new 8-week Tuesday series for parents, guardians and others caring for toddlers beginning May 10th at 5:00pm-7:00pm.  If you are interested in participating in this FREE series in Southwest Harbor, please call Candy Eaton at 667-5304 ext. 261 or email:  children@downeasthealth.org to reserve your place.  Pre-registration

by May 5th is requested.


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.

Toddlers are making huge strides in all areas of development and need a great deal of patience, understanding and support to realize their full potential.  Their ambition outstrips their skills in almost every area and they need a lot of guidance and help at this stage of their lives.  You must demonstrate everything, getting down on your hands and knees to show and tell if necessary.  And

remember, they are endlessly curious. 

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 at Harbor House Community Center in Southwest Harbor: 


“Child-Directed Play

Promotes Positive Relationships”


“Promoting Toddlers’ Language With Child-Directed Coaching”


“Coaching Toddlers’ Social and Emotional Competence”


“Art of Effective Praise and Encouragement”


“Spontaneous Incentives

for Toddlers”


“Handling Separation and Reunions With Toddlers”


“Positive Discipline and Effective Limit Setting”


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



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