Tuesday, September 25, 2007
If you go
What: "Parenting with Love and Logic"
When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.
Steamboat Springs First Impressions of Routt County is sponsoring a free parenting class tonight with a simple message - children learn from making mistakes.
"The real challenge for all the parents is to give children a chance to experience the downside of a bad decision," First Impressions board member Karen Massey said.
"You want them to make mistakes, problem solve through it and then learn from those mistakes," she said. "The idea is (that when) you do it long enough, when they get older they have the responsibility and presence to make good choices."
"The Parenting with Love and Logic" lecture, facilitated by Colorado Mountain College instructor Susan Good, is a departure from the traditional method of parenting through strict discipline and a watchful eye.
"First of all, the beauty of it is that it restructures the way you communicate with your child," said Massey, who noted the method allows children to learn responsibility before the price of mistakes become too costly.
"It really is a strategy of parenting that works from preschoolers up to teenagers," she said. "At the preschool age, they really don't have negative consequences. As kids get older, those consequences have bigger price tags. Teach them to deal with making decisions so when price tags get higher they have built into them a system of making decisions and problem solving."
First Impressions Director Stephanie Howle said an example of the method is teaching the importance of eating breakfast to youngsters without force-feeding them food before school.
"So you tell your child what their choices are," she said. "You tell them they can sit down with their family and eat or they can go to school hungry. It's really about how to handle the everyday things."
Howle said the lecture is the first of many planned talks in a "Parenting and Pizza" educational series that offers free food and childcare to families.
"We must have touched on a nerve because all of the childcare is full," said Howle, who noted more than 90 parents and childcare professionals have called to reserve a spot. "We still want people to come, and we will have food, but we can no longer provide childcare."
She said future lecture topics have not been determined and that all suggestions are welcome.
"We just want people to know the resources that are available to parents in Routt County," Howle said.
For more information on the "Parenting and Pizza" educational series, call First Impressions at 870-5270.