Let’s begin from the beginning, the home. It is often said that the home is where the heart is. This is true because often times the home is where we first feel a sense of belonging, and stability. It’s a place where we come together and witness the joys and sorrows of life.

Parenting is hard. There is no doubt about that. Each of us as parents has struggled at some point in finding ways and solutions in helping our kids to grow up and become healthy, happy, and productive adults. In a perfect world, both parents can have reasonable conversations about the children's visitation schedules and agree on ways to help protect the child from the exposure of the virus. However, some relationships are filled with resentment and hostility. If not careful, the needs of the child can be lost or forgotten. Both parties are encouraged to work together during this crisis to make sure both parents are practicing social distancing or stay-at-home practices.

Effective communication is the key ingredient needed to protect children during this pandemic. For Our Kids Parenting and Co-Parenting Services will show you the step-by-step process of converting yourself into the greatest parent you can be to your kids.

Class Discussions:

  • We will discuss parenting goals, active parenting styles, and how our styles  may prevent us from reaching our parenting goals and what we want for  our children. 
  • Sidestepping the Power Struggle: Redirecting your child's misbehavior.
  • Whose problem is it – parent or child, and is it unintentional or 
  • on-purpose misbehavior?
  • Active Communication: How to win cooperation with your child.
  • Learn communication skills that help to solve problems without violence  while strengthening the parent-child relationship.
  • Effective Discipline: How to raise a responsible child. 
  • Learn proven nonviolent discipline techniques that also teach responsibility; explore how the “think- feel-do” cycle guides a child's decision - making process.

You will receive parenting advice and positive parenting tips on dealing with communication skills, discipline, problem-solving, family planning, and so much more. Whether court-ordered or in need of basic parenting skills, this class is for you. Call now to register at (757) 327-0481). We will be happy to assist you through both education and life experiences. Email us at forourkids1st@aol.com. Visit our blogs at http://forourkids1st.blogspot.com. and http://parentingtodaysteen.blogspot.com 
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Transforming Your Thoughts Is Key For Dealing With Depression

Depression comes in many forms for each individual. It will most likely manifest itself by making a person who suffers from this illness lethargic and not interested in doing everyday things. They may sleep too much or not at all. They may feel angry and lash out at people often. They may also feel angry with themselves.

How you deal with depression is up to you. Hopefully, the more you realize that it is an illness that can be treated in different ways, you will try to fight the depression and not give in to the dark feelings that may overpower you.

My friends, although it may not always be an easy journey to overcome our challenges, I would like you to remember this quote as well “Life’s problems are like knives, which either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle: Grasp a difficulty or problem by the blade and it cuts; grasp it by the handle and you can use it constructively”

Take the quote above into consideration and keep it in mind, my friend. With constantly having faith, we must hope for the best in dealing with depression. It is perhaps the one thing that will ensure success at the end.