Parenting expert to speak in Steamboat

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Nationally known parenting expert Dr. Jim Fay, co-founder of The Love and Logic Institute, will be speaking in Steamboat Springs tonight, sharing his approach to parenting and discipline with families.

Fay's presentation is being sponsored by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the city of Steamboat Springs, in part through a grant from the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division.

"(Grand Futures) is primarily a substance-abuse prevention agency, and parenting has a lot to do with that," Grand Futures of Routt County Director Angela Kimmes said. "We've asked him to touch on drugs and alcohol, but that's just a small part of what he'll be discussing. We really just want to increase parenting awareness."

Fay's "Love and Logic" parenting methods, are appropriate for toddlers to teenagers, Kimmes said.

According to The Love and Logic Institute's Web site, "Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences."

Fay is a father of three who has 31 years of experience as a teacher and administrator and two decades of experience as a consultant and presenter. He has authored more than 100 articles, books, cassettes and videotapes on parenting and discipline.

His son, Charles Fay, spoke in Steamboat Springs last year.

Tonight's workshop will focus largely on Fay's presentation, but parents are encouraged to bring up their particular concerns, Kimmes said. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

For more information on Fay and Love and Logic parenting techniques, visit www.loveandlogic.com.

-- To reach Melissa Roddy call 871-4233

or e-mail mroddy@steamboatpilot.com

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