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Parenting Classes

 Parent Connection offers a variety of educational workshops that are designed to help parents feel better about themselves and the roles they fill. Topics include child development, stress management, positive discipline, and communication.


Limited spots available, please register early. Internet access is needed to participate in online classes.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops with low enrollment. Any cancelled workshops will have fees refunded.

Online Only Offerings

Potty Training – Free On-Demand Video

On Demand   |   Previously Recorded Video | Open 9/1

Cost:  Free

Potty training can test your patience & expectations, it can be repetitive, messy & frustrating.  But caregivers can help children do this when they are ready!  This program helps you look for and prepare for readiness and talks about ways you can help and support a child in this important milestone in their development.

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Support Groups

NAMI Parent & Caregiver Support Group

In-person Appleton  |  2nd Monday of Every Month*  |  6:00-7:30 pm

Cost:  FREE

*9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11

NAMI Fox Valley, in collaboration with Parent Connection, is offering a Monthly Parent & Caregiver Support Group for parents and caregivers of school-aged children with behavioral and/or mental health challenges. Our Parent & Caregiver Support Groups provide participants with a relaxed, trusting and safe environment to share with and support others who can empathize with their experiences. Participants share strategies and coping skills, discover community resources and experience the benefits of mutual compassion. For questions regarding family support groups, contact Vivian Flanagan, NAMI Fox Valley Family Program Coordinator, at [email protected] or 920-740-3499.

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Appleton (In-Person)

Positive Solutions for Families

In-Person – Appleton   |  Tuesdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10 – Plan to attend all four sessions |   6:00-8:00 pm

Cost: $15.00

For parents/caregivers of kids from pre-school through elementary age.  This is an evidence-based workshop offering information, tips & techniques on topics such as:

  • Misbehavior and how we contribute
  • Empower kids to be confident, capable & independent
  • Regain control & let go of guilt
  • Handle extreme behaviors in a positive way
  • Calm the crazies & fire up the fun
  • Staying strong through the ages & stages

This curriculum is offered in many early learning programs helping parents get their children ready for school, and to help build understanding & communication between families and teachers.

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Love and Logic: Adults Supporting Youth with Challenging Pasts

In-Person Appleton   |  Mondays, October 16, 23, 30 – Plan to attend all 3 sessions  |  6:00-8:00 pm

Cost: $15.00

 This workshop is for any adult serving or living with children & teens who have experienced loss, hardship, or trauma – parents, foster & adoptive parents, educators, social workers, counselors, etc.  Cut through the complexity of working with youth with challenging pasts & provide real solutions that can be applied immediately.  We will discuss the steps to build relationships, deal with defiance, show empathy, minimize power struggles & support opportunities for success.

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Baby Basics for New & Expectant Dads

In-Person Appleton  |  Monday, November 27  |  6:00-9:00 pm

Cost:  $10.00

Just for dads!  This hands-on class will help you learn: handling, feeding, burping, changing & calming a newborn; what to expect in the upcoming months; how to enhance your baby’s future; get answers to your questions

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Parenting to Your Child’s Temperament

In-Person Appleton  |  Tuesday, December 12  |  6:00-8:00 pm

Cost: $10

What do parents need to know about their temperament and their child’s temperament?  Everything!  Temperament can help us answer questions and increase understanding about why our children are like they are.  We will shed light on how you respond as a parent based on your temperament and how to recognize issues ahead of time to anticipate problems in behavior before they happen using temperament as a guide.

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Developmental Milestones

In-Person Appleton  |  Tuesday, November 14  |  5:30-7:00 pm

Cost:  FREE

Parents will learn about developmental milestones for their children ages 0-12 months, why it’s important to recognize key ages & stages, what to do if you have concerns about your child’s development & how to help your child flourish.  Join us to learn and get answers to your questions.

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Parent Connection Community Events

35th Annual Young Parent Conference

In-Person – Fox Valley  |  Friday, May 3, 2024

Cost:  Free

This FREE conference is for any young parents from teens through their 20’s.  Take some time to learn from experts in our communities about your children, parenting, health, safety & more – Just for You!  Learn about resources that are here for you & your children.  Participate & earn a chance to win prizes!


Autumn Adventure Fox Valley – “Read & Stroll with Your Community Partners!”

Thursday, September 14   |   4:00-6:00 pm

Pierce Park Pavilion, 1035 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton

FREE Community Event for families with children 10 & under


Enjoy food, activities, and of course…Reading Adventures as a family!  Bring your littles in a stroller or wagon and walk through a path of reading, crafts & games as they meet Fox Valley’s Friendly Community Partners!  You’ll get to decorate your stroller or wagon and earn a chance to Win a Raffle Prize!

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Questions?  Contact Meagan at [email protected]

“After attending 1-2-3 Magic, Love & Logic and various other classes, there has been a night and day difference at home.

My son and I are able to resolve conflicts with little to no issue at all; transitions from one activity to the next, bedtime routines, etc. I am very pleased with the instruction and the results and have recommended these classes to friends and family with young children or who are expecting. Attending these workshops has been one of the greatest investments I’ve made which will last a lifetime. Thank you!”

— Joe, Workshop Participant

Community Presentations

Interested in hosting a parenting workshop at your business, school, church, or organization?

Parent Connection offers community presentations to businesses, schools, community agencies and more on a variety of parenting topics, including:

  • 1-2-3 Magic
  • Anger Management for Parents
  • No More Arguing
  • Positive Discipline
  • Power Struggles
  • Setting Limits
  • Teaching Responsibility
  • Ask us to customize to your needs

Fees vary depending on workshop length and location.  To learn more, contact the Parent Connection Workshop Team at 920-739-4226 ext. 127 or [email protected]

Have Questions?

For more information please contact the Parent Connection Workshop Team at

920-739-4226 ext. 127 or [email protected]

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