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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.

 

Scholarships Available

For more information please contact:

Fox Cities: Jen DiMatteo,  jdimatteo@familyservicesenew.org or (920) 739-4226 ext. 109

Oshkosh: Jenifer Rettler, jrettler@familyservicesnew.org or (920) 233-6630 ext. 111

Fox Valley

Baby Basics (For New & Expecting Dads)

This free, one-night class will teach you how to enhance your baby’s future and tell you what to expect in the coming months. It will consist of handling, feeding, burping, changing, cleaning, and calming the newborn infant, and how to enhance your baby’s future.

Register to attend any one of the nights below:

Register: Monday, January 20
Register: Monday, March 16
Register: Monday, May 18

6-9 p.m.

Family Services Building
1810 Appleton Road, Menasha

Cost: Free

Love & Logic: Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun®

Designed for parents of children 6-13 years old.

This three-night, video-based workshop offers practical techniques for raising responsible kids! Learn to discipline your children without losing their love and respect (or your sanity). We will talk about effective communication, utilizing choices to gain compliance, and how to use consequences for learning and growth for your children.

Please plan to attend all three sessions.

Register: Tuesdays – January 28, February 4 & February 11

6-8 p.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
222 E. Fremont St, Appleton

Cost: $10.00/person

Two Homes No Battles

This one-night workshop is for successful co-parenting: for divorcing, separating, custodial and non-custodial parents.

Don’t let your children become casualties during and after the divorce! Discover practical ideas and skills to create a more nurturing environment. Understand that children differ in their reactions to divorce at different ages. Know that divorce will be a time of transition, but need not devastate a family. Learn what parents can do to make the transition less traumatic in this class.

Register to attend any one of the nights below:

Register: Thursday, February 27
Register: Thursday, May 28

6-8 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church
326 E. North Street, Appleton

Cost: $5

TIPS Series: Autism 3.0 for Parents

Topics to Improve Parenting Skills (TIPS) is a FREE series of one-night workshops. Free child care is provided. Limited spots available – first come, first serve. Topics and discussion are most appropriate for parents/caregivers of kids 3-12.

Presenter: Diane Nackers, Autism Society of the Fox Valley

Parents: want to learn more about autism? Want to learn how to be an advocate for your child and tap into community resources? Join us for a discussion on what autism is, what it is not, dealing with behaviors in a positive way, common characteristics of those with autism, helping your child and resources/help for parents. Bring your questions to Diane—she is the resource in the Fox Valley to answer them!

Register: Thursday, March 5

6-8 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church
326 E. North St., Appleton

Cost: Free

1-2-3 Magic Parenting Workshop

Designed for parents of children 3-12 years old.

Attend this two-night, positive discipline video-based workshop and learn how to stop the behavior you don’t want and start the behavior you do want! Parents will also learn to avoid  “talk-persuade-argue-yell-hit” syndrome, as well as how to handle misbehavior in public and how to deal with testing and manipulation.

Please plan to attend both sessions.

Register: Tuesdays – March 24 & 31

6-8 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
325 E. Franklin St, Appleton

Cost: $5

TIPS Series: Anger Management for Parents

Topics to Improve Parenting Skills (TIPS) is a FREE series of one-night workshops. Free child care is provided. Limited spots available – first come, first serve. Topics and discussion are most appropriate for parents/caregivers of kids 3-12.

Our children bring us incredible joy. Yet, there are times that we find ourselves crabby, frustrated or angry with the people we love. Learn how to manage anger to improve your relationships. Learn the five stages of anger and the top ten anger producers. Get to know your own anger and anger style, and how to manage your anger to create a more harmonious home!

Register: Thursday, March 26

6-8 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church
326 E. North St., Appleton

Cost: Free

Managing Meltdowns

Designed for parents/caregivers of children 5 and younger. years old.

Of all the behavioral problems parents face from their children, meltdowns may be the most upsetting as well as the hardest to manage. Also called tantrums, these outbursts may be the most potent tool kids have when it comes to training their parents to do what the children want. Moms and dads who have learned to fear tantrums have an extremely difficult time maintaining control of their own homes. This workshop will help parents regain control. We will discuss: The three main causes of tantrums, the two goals of tantruming children, and a four-step process for meltdown management.

Register: Tuesday, April 21

6-8 p.m.

First United Methodist Church
325 E. Franklin St, Appleton

Cost: $10.00/person

Raising Boys

Designed for parents of boys ages 3-12 years old.

We’ll examine some of the unique challenges and joys that face parents of boys. This two-night workshop covers the following: temperament, learning, risk taking, emotions, and discipline. Explore what boys need to thrive and how parents can help!

Please plan to attend both sessions.

Register: Thursdays, April 23 & 30

6-8 p.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
222 E. Fremont St, Appleton

Cost: $5

Free childcare is available at most workshops.

Family Services reserves the right to cancel workshops with low enrollment. In the case of cancellation, all fees will be refunded.

Oshkosh

Positive Solutions for Families

This 4-week series is designed for parents of children 0-6 years old.

This February workshop will help parents learn about and understand where their child’s problem behaviors are coming from and ways to encourage appropriate behavior. Children can be registered to attend this educational care program as well.

Class meets once per week for 4 weeks. An optional meal will be provided at 5 p.m. prior to the workshop for those enrolled.

Register: Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church
240 W. 9th Ave, Oshkosh

Cost: $10.00/person (Scholarships are available to waive the fee)

Parenting Events

32nd Annual Young Parent Conference

Free conference for parents age 24 and younger, whether pregnant or already parenting. Breakfast & lunch provided.

Spend a day focused on yourself and parenting, while gaining valuable information! Get to know your community resources and so much more!

Registration for this event is not yet open. Please check back for updates.

Friday, May 8

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fox Valley Technical College
1825 Bluemound Drive, Appleton

Parking: North Parking Lot, Entrance 16

*Childcare will not be provided at the event. Please make other childcare arrangements if you plan to attend.

Community Presentations

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

Parent Connection offers a series of community presentations on a variety of topics, including:

  • Anger management
  • Learning styles and the importance of play
  • Managing meltdowns
  • Positive discipline

Fees vary depending on workshop length and location. To learn more, contact Lori at (920) 739-4226 ext. 127 or by email.

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Have Questions?

For more information about parenting classes and workshops, please contact us!

 

Fox Cities: Jen DiMatteo,  jdimatteo@familyservicesenew.org or (920) 739-4226 ext. 109

Oshkosh: Jenifer Rettler, jrettler@familyservicesnew.org or (920) 233-6630 ext. 111