Raising children

Free six-week class offers tips to parents

Young parents and parents-to-be are the targets of a free six-week course designed to educate them on some important aspects of child rearing.

Topics including nutrition, immunizations and finding quality daycare and public services will help give participants knowledge that not always readily available to them.

"These people may not always have their parents around to help them or teach them what they need to know," said Debby Henkens, director of community care for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. "This is basic information people used to learn from their mothers."

The VNA is partnering with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office to provide the class, which begins Sept. 8 and will be every Wednesday night through Oct. 13. Free child care will be provided if those who need it; R.S.V.P. in advance to 826-3402.

Nutrition will be a major focus of the course starting with pregnancy and working through a child's developmental stages.

"We'll be talking about vitamins -- getting enough of the basics, how to make a menu, how to shop from a flyer, how to feed picky eaters," said Beth DuBois, food stamp education and nutrition program coordinator for the extension office.

The workshop also will cover parenting skills using love and logic methods.

"We felt there was a lot more we could teach than nutrition because that's not always a draw," DuBois said.

Though the community is invited to participate, the program is geared toward young parents.

"Moffat County and Craig specifically has a very large number of young mothers," Henkens said. "If you look at the epidemic of obesity, right there you know nutrition is a big concern. You know parents aren't feeding their children foods that lend to a healthy lifestyle."

The class will run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each week.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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