Raising children to adulthood can be daunting, but parents in the Lee’s Summit School District can turn to Lee’s Summit CARES to help them along the way.
For 18 years, Lee’s Summit CARES has collaborated with ReDiscover and the R-7 School District to offer courses and other resources aimed at building stronger families.
Since the partnership began in 1999, more than 4,500 parents have participated in Parenting with Love and Logic classes and workshops, and about 1,800 adults have attended Parent University.
Love and Logic classes include a course tailored for parents of children from birth through age 6, a class designed for parents of children of all ages and sessions targeted for parents of tweens and teens.
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Mini workshops on topics such as the teenage brain, raising responsible children, conflict resolution and stress management are also available. Area businesses and schools are invited to host the mini workshops.
Lee’s Summit CARES also provides courses and workshops for school staff members in areas such as Love and Logic techniques, bullying prevention and creating a positive school climate.
A new workshop focuses on addressing bullying behavior through a course called Empowering Upstander Behavior in a Bystander World.
Through surveys, parents attending the Love and Logic courses have said the classes have made parenting less stressful, reduced arguing and whining, improved relationships with children and teens, helped parents train their children to listen to them and made their children more responsible.
Lee’s Summit CARES has been updating its website, www.lscares.org, which recently featured a class called Positive Discipline Strategies for Young Children, to be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
The Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation recently gave Lee’s Summit CARES a grant to help better publicize such opportunities, including the creation of videotaped sessions.