Parent's Toolbox returns with more advice

To do a job right, a person needs the right tools. Parenting is no different.

Arming parents with the right tools is something the Moffat County School District decided to continue despite the lack of grant funds to do so.

The second session of the Parent's Toolbox begins Oct. 27. There typically will be one class a month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for six months.

The course is free, and snacks and child care will be provided.

Funding from the Moffat County United Way and contributions from parents kept the program afloat.

"That was awesome," coordinator Alison Hobson said. "It was so heartwarming when a parent sent a check."

The topics provided this year will be the same as last year.

"We got such a positive response from the Parent's Toolbox, we thought, why fix it if it isn't broken?" Hobson said.

The class started last year with 90 parents. Although that number decreased, Hobson said many parents said the class changed their relationships with their children.

"I truly think every parent should go through (the class)," Michelle Moore said. She and her husband participated in the first series of workshops.

"They helped us a lot in trying to figure out where to go and what to do with our daughter," she said. "It was an incredible experience for us. I was extremely impressed."

Even Hobson, who teaches the class with the help of school district psychologist Jennifer Langley, said she's learned techniques that she uses with her 2- and 4-year-old children.

"I found so many tricks to use with my kids," she said. "I learned a ton as a mom doing the Parent's Toolbox."

The course, she said, is an overview of how to be a positive-discipline parent. It is fun and interactive, she said.

Hobson said she expects fewer participants this year, making time for more one-on-one work and group discussion.

"It's hard to try new things as a parent, and it's easy to get frustrated," she said. "We wanted to provide a forum to give parents as many ideas as possible.

"Parenting is the toughest job any of us will every do. We all need all the help we can get."

The classes will be at the School Administration Building. Participants must RSVP to 824-3268, ext. 28.

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