Parent and Relationship Education

Video Based Classes for Individuals or Small Groups

These Video Based Programs are self-paced and involve 4-6 individual or group sessions of approximately 1.5 hours.  A $10 fee covers workbook & materials.

First Five Years is an Active Parenting video and discussion program for parents of children ages 0 – 5. This program is designed for new parents and focuses on child development, parenting styles, mindfulness and positive discipline.

Active Parenting uses videos to demonstrate specific and relevant situations for parents of kids ages 5 – 12. The program focuses on communication, effective discipline, building self-esteem and helping kids resist negative peer pressure.

Parenting Wisely is an evidence-based program with two sections for either parents of kids ages 3-10 or the second section is for parents of kids ages 10 – 18. This easy-to-use computer-based course teaches skills parents can use immediately to gain cooperation from their kids and strengthen family relationships. This program has been shown to reduce child and adolescent behavior problems, increase parent confidence, and improve family relationships.

 Multi-Session Classes for Groups

These programs are offered as a series of classes that typically meet on a weekly basis. There is a minimum number of participants needed to run these programs. Depending on the program, there may be a fee to cover a workbook and/or materials.

Raising a Thinking Child helps parents of 4 – 7 year-olds teach their children valuable conflict resolution and problem solving skills. These skills can help reduce common problems in families with young children like tantrums, conflicts with siblings or peers, and impulsive behavior. Through a series of fun home activities, parents teach kids to understand the feelings of others, ask for what they want or need, think about outcomes of their actions, and manage everyday conflicts. These skills not only help reduce yelling and nagging at home, but also protect kids from problems later on.

Parent Cafes are an opportunity for parents to have their own conversations about keeping their families strong. A facilitator leads participants in learning five key protective factors that promote family strengths. Parents are then split into small groups, and each group discusses a question related to one of the five factors. Cafes help parents support one another and promote self-reflection and peer to peer learning.

Strengthening Families is a six-week program designed for parents and their youth age 10-14.  The sessions are designed to strengthen parenting skills, help youth develop skills in handling peer pressure and help families grow together. Parents and youth participate in both individual and shared activities during each weekly session.

Relationships Matter is a relationship awareness and communication skills program for adults. Participants can be single or in a relationship. Through discussion and fun activities, students learn how to communication, values, expectations and goals can make or break relationship success. The quality of our relationships impacts our parenting, work, school, community, and life satisfaction. Explore ways to find and support smart, successful relationships.

Building Strong Families is a family resilience program that focuses on traits research has shown to be important to strong, healthy families. Participants identify existing family strengths and explore practical ways to enhance communication, respect, connectedness, adaptability and other resilience-building traits.

Single Session Workshops for Groups

Workshops are single session classes that are 1 – 3 hours long and offer research-based information.

Successful Co-Parenting is a class designed for divorcing parents and others involved in co-parenting situations. This class explores healthy strategies for parenting.

eParenting Co-Parenting is a 2-hour class developed for divorced or separated parents of infants to teenagers.  The curriculum focuses on how digital media can be used to enhance parenting skills and build a secure connection between children and all their parents and caregivers.  The curriculum also helps parents understand normal child growth and development in the context of divorce and separation.

eParenting Little Ones is a 2-hour class developed for parents of children ages 0-5. The goals of the curriculum are to describe the development of children’s brains and emotional skills, summarize the parenting styles that best support this development, and outline how digital media can be a positive tool for young children’s development.

eParenting High Tech Kids is a 2-hour class developed for parents of youth 9-14 and focuses on the positive aspects of digital media, how digital media can support the developmental tasks of adolescents and how digital media can enhance parenting skills. The class material has also been adapted to an online blog format.

Printed and Electronic Materials

The UW-Extension Parenting Website will connect you to research-based information for parents of infants to teens, all of the resources listed here, plus more!

Parenting Newsletters offer research-based information for parents of infants, young children, preschoolers and grandparents. Newsletters can be accessed online or in print at your county office.

Just in Time Parenting is a newsletter series that can be emailed to parents monthly and is specific to your child’s age and needs, from prenatal to age 5. The articles Include important information on child development, nutrition, health, safety, child care and much more.

Parenting the Preschooler fact sheets support parents and caregivers of preschool aged children. They cover a wide variety of topics including health, development and relationships.

Parenthetical is an e-newsletter, website and social network for parents of tweens and teens. Parents can connect and share ideas with other parents, as well as receive trustworthy information on parenting and teen development. Parenthetical features weekly articles about parenting topics based on research and the collected lessons and wisdom of parents.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a 10-part newsletter series for grandparents raising young children (birth to age 8). The focus is on family relationships and child development rather than legal or financial issues. Topics include: understanding child behavior, the importance of close relationships and open communication, and maintaining contact with parents.

If you have questions or would like more information, feel free to contact our part time Family Living Educator:

Heidi Ungrodt, Extension Ashland County Educator