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Parent Class SedonaSedona AZ (December 15, 2013) When Sedona residents Sandra Papas and David Collin learned about the free parenting education classes available in the community, they jumped at the opportunity. To them, it was a “no-brainer”, not because their family was having any issue in particular but to gain more knowledge, tips and tools to strengthen the relationship with their two daughters.

“We signed up to gain more skills, have some fun and reduce the stress in our family,” said David Collin.

Now, the couple attends a “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” class taught by parent educator Sandi Cheney. Classes like these are made available across Yavapai County to parents and caregivers of young children ages birth to five years through a grant from First Things First. Classes in the Verde Valley are offered through Buena Vista Children’s Services with an assist from Community Counts.

first things first logoBecoming a Love and Logic Parent” meets once a week for a span of six weeks and includes free child care. Through the class, parents learn about child development and a variety of parenting skills, including simple communication tools and effective, low-stress discipline techniques. The class is not about telling parents what to do – it’s about giving parents a whole toolbox of ideas. It is for parents to decide what works best for their family.

The next class in the Verde Valley will be held on the following Wednesdays in 2014 from 6 until 8 p.m.:  January 15, 22, 29 and in February on 5, 12, 19. Although the last class was held in Sedona, these will be in Clarkdale at the Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School, 1615 Main Street.

childrenThere is no cost for the class or the child care, although child care is only available to those registered in the class. Sign up by contacting Joanne Schloeman at 928-451-5755.

Space in the class and for childcare are limited.

“I feel like I’m learning a new language,” said Collin. “In stressful moments, getting mad and yelling doesn’t get your goal accomplished. This has really helped me to step back in those moments and think of what I can say and do.”

“This has been helpful to us, and I think it can be helpful to any parent,” said Sandra Papas. “It gives us additional skills, ideas and choices.”

Parents and caregivers can learn about the parenting class opportunities available across Yavapai County by visiting ParentsAZ.org, where they will find a calendar of upcoming classes. For more information about parenting education or to ask about a class near you, call (928)-708-0100.

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1 Comment

  1. Take the message to the homes and schools,

    The concepts of good parenting and the consequences of poor parenting need to be taken into the schools.

    David, Sandra and their children could be part of this education and awareness process.

    It’s the parent’s job to be parents, not the school system and there is a distinct line between being an educator and a parent.

    Good job David and Sandra at improving the future of your children.

    Gary Chamberlain
    Cornville AZ

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