"Every child deserves Great Parenting & every parent deserves the Joy that Great Parenting can bring."

 

Why Parenting Classes?

The world has changed over the last 50 years, our models don’t work anymore

Changing technology, less shared values and time to think and talk about them with our families, and a greater emphasis on achievement and less on the quality of character has put our children in a world where cheating, nudity, promiscuity, and violence are more prevalent and acceptable than ever. Positive, respectful parenting is essential to raising children that will thrive.

Get new ideas

Linda Jessup, the founder of PEP, states that parents with frustration and very high stress are frequently, simply “out of ideas”. They are bankrupt. Coming to classes with other parents inspires and offers new perspectives and strategies that work.

Connect to other parents who are facing similar challenges

Parents experience validation that they are not alone in their quest to be the best parents they can be and find support and valuable information.

Get answers

Classes allow for time to bring your specific scenarios in to ask what could be done differently.

Try new strategies

Behavior change doesn’t happen in an hour or two. It takes practice, feedback and continuous improvement. Experiential learning gives parents a chance to try a new strategy in the classroom, then go home and try it, and come back and report on how it went and what can be tweaked to improve. Classes with more than one session give continuity and a chance to improve over time.

Changes that last

Behavior change that occurs with small consistent shifts creates newer more effective habits that are more likely to last.

Too many books, too little time.

There are not enough hours in your day to absorb all the information out there in the books or in video clips on the Internet. That information will give you an idea or two, however, what’s needed is the idea, a plan to implement it, and the ongoing support to persevere through. We’ve compiled a proven approach that has helped thousands of parents create harmonious healthy family realtionships.

Self-care

Classes provide a scheduled, committed time to focus on YOU, your family, and being the best parent you can be.

Upcoming Events

Oct
1
Mon
Making Homework a Habit (for parents of 5-12 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Making Homework a Habit (for parents of 5-12 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church | Summit | New Jersey | United States

Do you want to be less involved in the school assignments, but worry that if you step out of it nothing will get done? Learn how to plant seeds of self-motivation in your child and teach skills for planning ahead and managing schoolwork. Support your budding scholar without taking over or going crazy.

Oct
2
Tue
Parenting Preschoolers (for parents of 2 1/2-5 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Parenting Preschoolers (for parents of 2 1/2-5 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church | Summit | New Jersey | United States

For parents of children age 2 1/2-5

In this 8-week class you will learn positive discipline methods to calm tantrums, avoid power struggles and engage your child’s cooperation. Insight into your child’s temperament and developmental stage along with guided practice with setting limits calmly and consistently will equip you with a parenting toolbox you can use throughout the years of childrearing.

Course topics:

  • How your child’s development and temperament influence behavior
  • Solutions for morning dawdling, bedtime battles and sleep issues
  • Power struggles and tantrums—getting to calm
  • Healthy eating and stress-free toilet training
  • How to encourage your child’s confidence, capability and beginning independence
  • Techniques to help your child practice self-control and self-regulation
  • Why conventional discipline methods don’t work—and the positive tools that do work
  • How to nurture a warm, happy relationship with your child and have more fun as a family

New Start Date: Sep 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 13, and 20 @ 9:00 -11:00 am

Includes: Eight 2-hour sessions, textbook, materials, and private Facebook group.

$379

This is a non-denominational program  held the Calvary Episcopal Church.
Oct
3
Wed
Parenting Essentials Part 1: Becoming a More Encouraging Parent (for parents of 5-12 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church
Oct 3 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Parenting Essentials Part 1: Becoming a More Encouraging Parent (for parents of 5-12 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church | Summit | New Jersey | United States

For parents of 5-12 year olds

From the very first class your frustrations will begin to ease as you understand why children misbehave and the changes you can make to bring more order, calm and fun back into your family life. You will learn a framework for positive parenting and the practical skills to raise responsible, cooperative, successful children.

Includes: Four 2-hour sessions, textbook, materials, and private Facebook group. Optional private coaching session offered at a discount.

Sep 26, Oct 3, 10, and 17 @9:30-11:30 am

  • Four session class only – $279
  • Four session class plus 1 hour private coaching ($400 value) – $359
  • Four session class with spouse  ($558 value) – $449
  • Four session class with spouse plus 1 hour private coaching ($658  value) – $529
Oct
4
Thu
Parenting Essentials Part 2: Becoming a More Encouraging Parent (for parents of 5-12 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Parenting Essentials Part 2: Becoming a More Encouraging Parent (for parents of 5-12 year olds) @ Calvary Episcopal Church | Summit | New Jersey | United States

For parents of 5-12 year olds

This four-week, follow-up course to “Parenting Essentials Part 1” builds on the positive parenting foundation and adds practical, effective things to do when your kids annoy you or really make you mad. You’ll also learn how to address your children’s misbehavior, help your child handle strong emotions, how to teach self-sufficiency, and how to set limits. Each class session includes individual problem solving and support.  This class will help you change from traditional parenting to using positive, effective tools consistently to build good relationships with your children and enjoy a smoothly functioning family life.

Includes: Four 2-hour sessions, textbook, materials, and private Facebook group. Optional private coaching session offered at a discount.

Parenting Essentials Part 1 is a prerequisite.

Sep 20, Oct 4, 11, and 18@ 7:00-9:00 pm

  • Without the 1 hour private coaching – $279
  • Including 1 hour private coaching ($400 value) – $359
  • Without the 1 hour private coaching + Spouse – $494
  • Including 1 hour private coaching + Spouse – $574
Oct
5
Fri
PEP II: Next Steps for Parenting 5-12 Year Olds Part 2 @ Calvary Episcopal Church
Oct 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
PEP II: Next Steps for Parenting 5-12 Year Olds Part 2 @ Calvary Episcopal Church | Summit | New Jersey | United States

For parents of 5-12 year olds

Building on the foundation of positive parenting, PEP II introduces more skills and guided practice for ending power struggles, talking so your children really listen, using consequences and working out solutions with children. Class time is structured for individual problem solving, helping all participants better understand their children’s goals and figure out how to respond more effectively.

  • New tools and insights for setting limits
  • Using consequences, working to agreement and finding common ground with your child
  • Effective communication—listening to understand, talking to be heard
  • How to hold a Family Council meeting, with opportunity for practice and feedback
Includes: Four 2-hour sessions, textbook, materials, and private Facebook group. Optional private coaching session offered at a discount.
Apr 30, May 7, 14, and 21 @ 7-9 pm

Parenting Essentials Part 1, 2, and PEP II Part 1 or Thriving With Teens Part 1 ,  2, and PEP II Part 1 are prerequisites.

  • Four session class only – $279
  • Four session class plus 1 hour private coaching ($400 value) – $359
  • Four session class with Spouse ($558 value) – $449
  • Four session class with Spouse plus 1 hour private coaching ($658 value) – $529

 

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