A seminar at Blount County Public Library is offering hope to parents seeking to deal with youngsters prone to back talk, temper tantrums and misbehaving in public.
The parenting seminar is planned for 6 p.m. May 8. Cost is $5 and scholarships are available.
“This has been in in the works for four months now,” said Wil Davenport, children’s minister at Fairview United Methodist. “It grew out of a conference a friend of mine and I attended and we said we need to plan something, a service to the community and we thought a parenting seminar would be good.”
The library seemed like good place for the seminar. “It’s a place everybody would be familiar with and it’s a neutral site for everybody,” Davenport said. “It is a parenting seminar called Parenting with Love and Logic. The idea is that parents help their kids through the consequences of their actions. Its particually for parents of grade school age kids.”
Davenport said that there will be light refreshments before the seminar.
“We’ll have a Love and Logic trainer who will pass a packet of information with good take home material and for a couple hours, the facilitator presents the idea of parenting with Love and Logic using video clips, discussion, Powerpoint presentations and then lots of great stories,” he said. “This parenting seminar is not an academic explanation of how to parent. It’s told through stories.”
For more information about the two-hour seminar, go to www.blountfamilyministries.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 223-6984.
The seminar is sponsored by New Hope Children’s Advocacy, the Junior Service League and several area churches.
Davenport said while he doesn’t believe there is one particular best way to parent children, it is important parents think about their actions. “I believe it’s absolutely important for parents to have a strategy, parenting as you go almost always ends in frustration and anger,” he said. “If you have a plan, you combine love of children and logical consequences for their actions and between love and logic you help them build a foundation as a well adjusted, contributing citizens.”