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Free parenting classes in Arlington

The six-session class will begin on May 9 and is hosted at the Arlington Community Resource Center


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Free "Making Parenting a Pleasure" classes will be offered in Arlington beginning on May 9 and running through June 20.

Arlington classes beginning on May 9 which will help parents of children from birth to 4-years-old learn how to be positive in their parenting and support themselves as well.

The "Making Parenting a Pleasure" classes will be offered on Tuesdays from May 9 to June 20, skipping May 30.

The free support is being offered by the Arlington Community Resource Center and the Snohomish Health District.

Parents will learn "about a positive approach to discipline," said Debra Cartmell, teacher of the class and a public health nurse at the Snohomish Health District.

"It's a series on how to figure out your long-term goals in parenting and how to take care of yourself while parenting as well," she said.

A lot of the class is about those big-picture goals that parents want for their children.

"What do you want your child to take with them when they leave your home and how do we get there," said Cartmell.

The classes provide a support group for local parents to share their experiences.

The curriculum for the class was developed in the late '80s and early '90s, said Cartmell, so it has been tested and used before.

"It gives parents some basic tools in slowing down when they're responding and really thinking about how they want to proceed instead of just acting on impulse," she said.

The classes also go over what concepts to teach at what ages.

"We're looking at a developmental lens as well. What can children at that age or this age really be expected to learn," said Cartmell.

Topics like effective communication with children and community resources will also be a part of the class.

Cartmell said that the classes are going to be highly interactive as well.

"It should be fun," she said. "It's not this serious sit-down teaching thing."

The health district wanted to support these new classes as a way to give some additional help to new parents who may be struggling.

"I think because we've been hearing that parents have been wanting classes to get a better handle on some things," said Cartmell.

Although limited to just Arlington currently and just intended for parents of children age 0 to 4, Seanna Herring-Jensen, program manager at the Arlington Community Resource Center, said that they hope to extend the ages in later classes and potentially offer classes in Granite Falls and Lake Stevens.

Classes begin on May 9 at the Arlington Community Resource Center group room. The center is located at 18308 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.

Classes are held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Call the Arlington Community Resource Center at 360-386-7989 to register or for more information about the classes.


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