Conestoga Mennonite Church offers parenting classes

“Parenting is Heart Work” are free parenting classes offered at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown, at 9:30 a.m. on June 8 Teaching Kids to Listen and Follow Instructions, July 13 Reaching Deep into a Child’s Heart and Aug. 10 Correction Ideas that Touch the Heart.

The 50-minute sessions are available for parents of children ages 4 and younger. There will be nursery care for all babies, toddlers and children during this class time. This is a great series that includes CD teaching and open discussion.

This video series encourages parents to look into the hearts of their children and get to know them on a deeper level so that they will relate to true needs of their children rather than simply react to surface behavior. The sessions encourage parents to study their children’s motives and attitudes, thus becoming more effective in guiding their children’s development. Practical strategies are presented so parents don’t have to rely on anger to solve problems with their children.

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Each session will include a half-hour video presentation and time for discussion and sharing. This will provide opportunities for participants to learn from each other.

Discussion leader Dot Leatherman, an active member and director of Christian Education at Conestoga Mennonite Church, taught at Maple Grove Preschool in its early years, then became founding director of Sandy Hill Preschool. Most recently she retired after 10 years of work as a parent and family life educator with Bridge of Hope in Lancaster and Chester counties. She will provide additional resources on subjects which rise out of the discussions.

Sessions discussions include teaching children to listen and follow instructions, reaching deep into a child’s heart, correction ideas that touch the heart, toolbox of consequences, ending discipline times with impact, teaching children to accept no as an answer, attitude: a window into a child’s heart, and how to start connecting with the heart.

The series content is appropriate for all ages and is published by Biblical Parenting Resources and taught by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller. A book by the same title accompanies the series. Visit www.biblicalparenting.org.

All are welcome to take advantage of this opportunity. Call the church office to preregister at 610-286-9124.