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Next Door hosts parenting classes

Parenting is the most important job one will ever have. Parenting is learned and parenting practices are significantly influenced by one’s own upbringing. Effective early parenting contributes to development of cognitive and social skills, positive peer relationships, and prevention of delinquency, risky behaviors and school failure.

All parents and child caregivers benefit from parenting education opportunities throughout a child’s life.

Nancy Johanson Paul, Columbia Gorge parenting education program coordinator at the Next Door, recommends that parents take parenting classes when their child is 18 months to 5 years old and then again when they are 10-14.

The Next Door is offering a seven-week “Parenting Now!” series for parents and child caregivers of children birth to 8 years at Chenowith Elementary in The Dalles starting Oct. 2. Hood River classes start Oct. 8 at May Street Elementary. Both class series run 5:30-7:30 p.m. and cost $20 per family. To sign up, contact Johansen Paul at 541-436-0319 or nancyp@nextdoorinc.org.

Look for Parenting Education information on the fall classes at nextdoorinc.org .

More help for parents and adults who care for children is available online; see the “Pockets Full of Feelings” kit at pocketfulloffeelings.com.

“This is an excellent way to talk to children about their feelings and teach them to manage their feelings in a constructive way,” Johansen Paul said.

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According to Next Door Inc., there are new parenting education opportunities at the libraries in The Dalles and Hood River. The children’s librarians have put together several kits of parenting resources that parents can check out. They are available in the ground floor children’s area.

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