Summit County class aims to improve family communication |

Summit County class aims to improve family communication

Special to the Daily Kate Hudnut and daughter Charlotte work on communication and self-esteem in an Active Parenting Now class.

Recognizing that parenting isn’t always easy, the Family and Intercultural Resource Center created a curriculum of classes to provide support and education to Summit County parents. The six-class series – called Active Parenting Now – aims to improve communication between parents and children by teaching positive discipline techniques and responsibility, managing power struggles, stimulating independence and building self-esteem and character in children.

The series allows parents to learn new techniques for tackling tough parenting issues, and to talk to other parents about how they handle certain situations. In the class about defusing power struggles with children, instructors teach parents ways to understand the goals of children’s behavior and different ways to approach it. In the communications class, parents are given ideas on how to give their children choices so they feel included in family decisions.

“The classes provided me with great tools to help guide me through some of the challenges of raising a preschooler,” said parent Kate Hudnut. “I am still practicing the skills that I learned about redirecting misbehavior and changing the conversation instead of battling with a 4-year-old’s strong will.”

“I’ve noticed a change in my reaction to my children and a change in the way my child is responding to difficult situations,” another parent said.

Class instructor and FIRC parent education services coordinator Molly Hines said she believes all parents can benefit from learning new techniques.

“The concept of mutual respect and positive communication have been some of the most important aspects of the program that parents have really used to improve family dynamics,” she said.

The classes – offered in both English and Spanish – start on March 3 at the Silverthorne Elementary School and run through April 7. They are open to parents with children aged 3 to 12, and the cost is $48 per person and $72 per couple for the course. A curriculum for parents of teens is offered April through May.

For more information or to sign up, contact FIRC at (970) 262-3888 ext. 330, or e-mail

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