Class offered for Summit County parents |

Class offered for Summit County parents

SUMMIT COUNTY – For parents looking to improve family dynamics and communication with their children, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center will host an Active Parenting Now class in both English and Spanish. It’s set to run for six weeks starting April 22 at Upper Blue Elementary School in Breckenridge. Registration is currently open, and it’s expected to fill up.

Course instructor Noelle Sivon said the twice-yearly class started two years ago because it was identified as a community need. The class is designed for parents of children ages 5-12, but it teaches universal parenting techniques, so it’s useful for parents with kids of any age.

Sivon said parents can find out more about the class through school counselors, as the school district supports putting on parenting classes.

“We truly value our community partners who are helping the students in the district succeed by supporting families,” said Summit School District spokeswoman Julie McCluskie. “This has been identified as a need in the past. Our parents have certainly looked for additional parent education opportunities. So we appreciate FIRC’s effort to provide this to the families.”

According to Sivon, generalized parenting strategies to be addressed include mutual respect, active communication and logical consequences. It also shows parents how to find a balance between no rules versus being a dictator. Participants will learn how to be active in allowing their children to have a voice in family decisions, but in the end make the final decision. Other topics include teaching responsibility, effective discipline techniques, why children misbehave, and the power of encouragement.

Sivon noted that parent education is beneficial for everyone, whether it’s parents who are struggling to control their kids or parents seeking knowledge about creating a better family system.

To sign up or learn more, visit or call (970) 262-3888.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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