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Parent Education Classes

Who can benefit from attending a PEP Parenting Workshop? Anyone who parents a child!

St. John’s is pleased to offer four PEP (Parent Empowerment Program) parenting workshops on Saturday mornings in January and February on topics of interest to all parents. Attend one, two, three or all four workshops with no cost to you. These classes, generously funded by a Norwood Parish Fund Grant, are open to anyone in the community.  

We will offer childcare for families at a cost of $15 per family for each 9:00 – 10:30 am workshop. Babysitting will be provided by our Youth Group & J2A members (with an adult supervisor). Money paid for babysitting will be given to the Youth Group to help fund house renovations undertaken during Camp Joy in July 2020.    

See the descriptions of each course below, then register for courses and babysitting here.

Stop the Yelling, Start the Cooperation
Saturday, January 4, 9:00 – 10:30 am  

Learn why children fight and what you can do to help them develop better relationships  and fight less often. Children often become deaf to our requests and we raise our voices to get a response, then they start yelling back at us and each other. Learn how to break the cycle, encourage cooperation and create a more harmonious – and quieter – home.

Here’s what you’ll learn…

  • Why people in your family are resorting to yelling
  • How to diminish the underlying stress that results in yelling
  • How to get messages across in a constructive way; one in which people can actually hear and be heard

Emotion Coaching 
Saturday, January 11, 9:00 – 10:30 am  

Children’s crying, screaming, fearfulness, sadness, frustration, and anger are big challenges for parents. When children express these big feelings, they become quickly overwhelmed–and so do we! Children will often lash out with temper tantrums and rebellion.  

In this workshop you’ll learn how to:

  • Pay attention to feelings
  • Express empathy
  • Allow your child to solve their own problem
  • Help your child learn to calm down, handle stress, and become a better problem solver

Tackling Technology
Saturday, January 25, 9:00 – 10:30 am

Screens and devices are ubiquitous, omnipresent, and oh so difficult to manage and control. But parents CAN keep them in balance with the rest of life and teach their kids to do the same. If you’re concerned about the time your children spend with electronics and what they might be doing or what they’re NOT doing when glued to a screen, join in this workshop.

In this workshop, you will learn how to set and uphold reasonable limits with your children and reclaim your family life.

Mindful Parenting
Saturday, February 1, 9:00 – 10:30 am

The stress in our lives can feel out of control. With parents working, children feeling pressure to keep up academically and socially, plus the constant overuse of technology in our homes, life can seem overwhelming. Using the latest mindfulness practices, learn how you and your children can gain peace, a sense of control and harmony in your family life.

In this course, you will learn about:

  • What mindful parenting is — and what it is not
  • The benefits of mindful parenting
  • How PEP’s approach to parenting intersects with mindful parenting practices

Sign up today!