The Parent Education Series offers free classes at MCPS in conjunction with The Lifelong Learning Center. Classes will discuss a range of topics from self-esteem to your child’s temperament. Your child does NOT need to attend one of the schools for you to participate. Classes last two hours and free childcare is available.
Individual Training Certificates will be given and earned early childhood credits are available for childcare providers. For a list of classes pertinent to childcare providers, please refer to the Lifelong Learning Center course catalog.
Register online through The Lifelong Learning Center at missoulaclasses.com. For specific questions about classes, call Families First Children’s Museum at 721.7690.
Helping Your Child Handle Peer Pressure
Wednesday, March 14
Washington Middle School
Responding to peer pressure is part of human nature but some kids are better equipped to resist than others. This workshop will identify and define what peer pressure is, why it is hard to resist, and to help foster them to think for themselves and walk away when need be.
Helping Your Child Gain Self- Confidence
Wednesday, March 21
Paxson Elementary School
Children who have healthy self-esteem, who feel accepted and appreciated, tend to approach life with optimism and confidence. This workshop will answer the questions; what is self-esteem, how do children “get” it and how do parents “give” it? Parents will leave with strategies to engage with their children in a manner that fosters self-esteem and responsibility.
Love and Limits
Tuesday, April 3
Hawthorne Elementary School
This classic class teaches you how to lovingly teach your children self-control, a sense of values, good judgment, and self-discipline. Free childcare is available.
Helping the Child with ADHD like Symptoms
Wednesday, April 11
Washington Elementary School
Although life with your child may at times seem challenging, it is important to remember that children with ADD/ADHD like symptoms (or the spectrum) can and do succeed. As a parent, you can help create home and school environments that improve your child’s chances for success. In this class, learn strategies for coping with symptoms that help improve your child’s life and the harmony of your entire family.
Helping Kids Manage their Emotions
Tuesday April 17
Chief Charlo Elementary School
How do you respond when your child is having a tantrum, whining, or just being plain rude? Get some tips on “anger management for kids” and learn how to teach your child some skills that will last a lifetime. Free childcare is available.
Prepping for Middle School
Thursday, April 19
Lewis & Clark Elementary School
Middle school can be a tough time for pre-teens. They face many new issues beyond attending a new school including: puberty, tougher academics, more personal responsibilities, switching classes, boy-girl dances, and multiple teachers. Pre-teens may try the boundaries, test the waters and sometimes test your patience. This fun, light-hearted class provides tips and practical advice for preparing pre-teens for middle school.
Helping Your Child Cope with Anxieties
Thursday, April 26
Rattlesnake Elementary School
Children worry, some more than others. Learn techniques to help ease your child’s anxieties and fears of anything from new schools to spiders and separation. These learned coping skills help your child navigate some of life’s stresses.