The trend in parenting education is a result of many social changes—among them are dual working parents, single parents, and step-families. The challenges are there, and STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) can help.
Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer the STEP parenting class Tuesdays, Aug. 5 to Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Caroline Community Center in Milford.
Parents who have participated in STEP groups say they find the program helpful for many reasons. High on the list is the opportunity it provides them to share experiences and learn from others.
Some STEP leaders speak of networks of parents that have grown up locally around the program. Others say that STEP enables parents to “learn new ways to handle persistent problems,” “to get in touch with their feelings and their child’s” and to overcome a sense of guilt and develop a sense of confidence and self-esteem.
STEP is also credited for improving participants’ relationships with other people, including husbands, wives, employers, and employees. Benefits cited for children include the chance for children to take more responsibility for their own behavior and a calmer, more relaxing environment in which to develop emotionally.
The STEP Parenting Class is evidence-based and meets Department of Social Services and court-ordered parenting education requirements. The cost to cover class materials is $30 per individual or couple.
If you would like to register for the class or need more information, call (804) 633-6550 or (540) 775-3062. If you would like to register for the class or need more information, call (804) 633-6550 or (540) 775-3062.