AMES, Iowa – Using positive discipline and understanding research and reality are building blocks for effective parenting. Parents and caregivers can learn more about these topics in free, one-hour, online parenting workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Science of Parenting team.
“Our goal at the Science of Parenting has always been to empower parents,” said Lori Korthals, a human sciences specialist in family life with ISU Extension and Outreach. “There is no such thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ parent; rather, we want to equip parents with information and resources to help them best support their children. These virtual workshops are one way we are working to do this.”
The “Understanding Research and Reality” workshop will enable participants to understand how research can be used to better inform their parenting reality.
“Not all research fits into everyone’s unique reality because no two families, parents or children are the same. However, there are bits and pieces – ideas and concepts – that can make parenting more manageable and enjoyable,” said Mackenzie Johnson, also a human sciences specialist in family life.
The “Positive Discipline” workshop is, as the name suggests, a chance for participants to identify positive discipline practices as an opportunity to build positive parent-child relationships.
Each online workshop is one-hour in length and free to attend. Registration is required. Upcoming offerings include:
- March 18, 1 p.m., The Science of Parenting: Positive Discipline.
- April 22, 6:30 p.m., The Science of Parenting: Understanding Research and Reality.
- April 29, 6:30 p.m., The Science of Parenting: Positive Discipline.
- June 8, 7 p.m., The Science of Parenting: Understanding Research and Reality.
- June 15, 7 p.m., The Science of Parenting: Positive Discipline.
“These workshops are for any parent or caregiver, or agency professional who wants to add to their parenting toolbox and learn positive ways to support children and families,” Korthals said.
For more information or to register, visit www.scienceofparenting.org and select one of the upcoming events.
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