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A Parent’s Toolkit is a parent education program that offers parents a variety of ways to provide guidance, nurturing and discipline techniques for pre-school and elementary age children. Parents, foster parents or grandparents will find this series useful and practical. This is a straightforward, positive approach to parenting. Fill up an actual tool kit with items designed to fit almost any family’s needs. This program is sponsored by the Pine River-Backus Family Center and Pine River-Backus School.


The fee for this 5-week program is $50 per family. We provide a light supper and child care. Scholarships are available if needed. Since 2001 – 146 parents have participated in the Parent Toolkit Class!


What recent participants say about the toolkit – “Really liked being able to talk to other parents”


Please call the Family Center for more information on the next session 587-4292.


Class Schedule:

  • Time: 5:00 –6:30

  • We eat from 5:00 to 5:30

  • The parents meet from 5:30 to 6:30

  • A light supper and child care are provided each time.

  • Class size is limited.


Class 1: Effective Parenting Tools
Every family is unique. What works in your family? Give and get ideas from this unique class that gets right down to the nuts and bolts of parenting.


Class 2: Raising Siblings
“They really do love each other but it seems they fight all the time.” Have you ever heard these words coming from your mouth? Each child is different and unique. What works for one may not work for another. Have you been challenged by the statement, “You always let her do it, but never me!”?


Class 3: Discipline and Consequences
Each parent has his/her own style. Many of us parent like we were parented. How do we teach, keep it fair and appropriate are some of the questions we will cover in this session.


Class 4: Respect and Responsibility
Family meetings, assigned chores and recognizing a child’s place in the family all add to teaching respect and responsibility.


Class 5: Attention, Encouragement and Self Esteem
Why do kids need to feel good about themselves? How does positive self esteem nurture development? How much attention do kids really need?

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