Fountain Hill offers free parenting workshops.

May 30, 2018

Fountain Hill offers free parenting workshops.

The Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation’s Lakeshore Office in New Era will begin offering a free series of parenting workshops at the Diman-Wolf Early Childhood Center in Hart on Tuesday, June 5.

The series will last eight weeks (with one week off for the Fourth of July), and workshops will build from week to week. Participants will have the opportunity to explore why children do what they do, share parenting tools that really work, and practice parenting strategies that foster healthy behaviors. Each workshop will utilize the Positive Discipline curriculum, which values teaching important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.

According to Kimber Decker, MA, LLPC, NCC, the Fountain Hill therapist who will lead the workshops, “There are a lot of parent training programs out there. I’ve been a student of several, and they all work. Positive Discipline is unique, because it focuses on the positive. It focuses on parent and child strengths and gives parents practical, everyday tools to help them create a ‘win-win’ for their children and for themselves.

“I am not the same parent after raising six kids as I was when I became a parent at the age of 19. Like all parents, I started with what I knew, made mistakes, got new tools, learned better ways to parent and continued to parent with new awareness and understanding of myself and my children. It’s a cycle that continues. I will never be a perfect parent, but I can become a better parent.”

The Fountain Hill Center believes in the value of creating strong, healthy families, and that is why they are partnering with the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan – Oceana County to provide these workshops to Oceana County residents free of charge. The entire series is open to parents, grandparents, foster parents and other caregivers of children aged 0-18. Those interested in registering may do so by calling The Fountain Hill Center at (616) 456-1178.

Positive Discipline Free Workshop Series will be on Tuesdays, June 5 through July 24 (no meeting on July 3), from 5–6:30 p.m. at the Diman-Wolf Early Childhood Center at Hart Public Schools, 306 Johnson St.

The Fountain Hill Center is a nonprofit collective of over a dozen licensed, independent therapists, with offices in Grand Rapids and New Era. Its mission is to provide pathways to healing and transformation, both personal and relational, through diverse and innovative therapeutic, educational, evaluative, and consultative services. In addition to providing individual counseling for children, adolescents, and adults, it also offers couples and family counseling, group counseling, and court-related and professional services.

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