'Raising a Thinking Child' Yields Positive Results

The famous author, Dr. Seuss, is attributed with saying, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” The ability of choice is a powerful one, and when it comes to children it’s important for parents to help guide how their child should think without dictating what to think. This is one of the many skills participants will learn during “Raising a Thinking Child”, an eight-week program for parents of children ages four to seven.
 
Presented by Iowa State Extension and Outreach Family Life Program Specialist Joy Rouse, this evidence-based program was designed to provide parents with the tools necessary to help their children solve daily conflicts, explore alternative solutions, consider the feelings of others and decide whether or not a formulated idea is the most suitable choice.
 
Obvious results were observed by attendees after implementing the lessons they learned from Raising a Thinking Child within their own homes. Reports of children becoming more in control of their emotions by displaying patient and less bossy behavior while exhibiting fewer outbursts were common. Parents also noticed changes within their own disciplining style as they remained calm, yelled less and listened more during disputes.

“I think my kids’ behavior has changed because I have changed my approach,” one participant said. “It is a hard thing to retrain the way you think and takes a lot of work to make the change, but it works,” expressed another.
 
This series will be held at the Waukee YMCA on Tuesdays, March 25-May 13 from 9:30-11 a.m. With funding from 4RKids Early Childhood Iowa Area, program cost and provided on-site child care are free, however registration is required by calling the Dallas County Extension and Outreach office at (515) 993-4281.

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