Parenting 101

BENTON HARBOR — Wednesday is the last day for parents to sign up for parenting classes at STEAM Academy at MLK put on by professionals from Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

Carlisle Sutton, director of community engagement integration and service at the university, said the class, Successful Parenting Strategies, is for parents of children in kindergarten through fifth grades. He said a class for middle and high school parents will start in the spring.

“We want to give parents tools so they can understand how to help their children be successful,” he said.

Sutton said the first session of classes will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Dec. 13 at the school at 750 E. Britain Ave., Benton Harbor. Parents who haven’t signed up yet should arrive at 6:15 p.m. The first session will focus on successful communication and emotional intelligence, along with how to build positive relationships with children.

He said light refreshments will be provided by Kentucky Fried Chicken, Silver Beach Pizza and SodexoMAGIC.

Sutton said a second session of classes, which will start Jan. 3, will focus on how to create a safe environment for children.

The third session, which will start in March, will be on how to help children cope with trauma.

“We will use an evidence-based approach to solve issues in the community,” he said. “… The sessions are designed to improve student success and learning.”

Parents will earn points at each session, which can be redeemed for furniture and clothing at Neighbor to Neighbor, a thrift store in Berrien Springs, he said. Parents who complete the program will also receive a certificate from the university.

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