Agency workshops advise parents how to do the job

NEIGHBORS

February 28, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Being a parent is a tough job. It's one that requires flexibility, patience, understanding and loads of love.

Unfortunately, there are no tests to take that will ensure our success.

But thank goodness there are knowledgeable professionals willing to give us help along the way.

The Carroll County Youth Services Bureau is the place for parents looking to enhance their child-rearing skills and improve communication with their children.

For the past eight years, the Youth Services Bureau has offered numerous workshops focusing on ways for parents to influence their children in a positive manner.

Lynn Davis, coordinator of parent education for the Youth Services Bureau, said the agency again will make numerous topics available to parents over the next few months.

"We have gathered some information from the parent education we have done over the last seven to eight years, and from that we have developed mini-workshops targeting some of the hottest topics for parents," Ms. Davis said.

In years past, the Youth Services Bureau has offered the S.T.E.P. (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program to parents.

It is for parents of 5- to 11-year-old children who want to improve communication with their child and learn practical and positive means of discipline.

"The S.T.E.P. program is a six-week program for parents," Ms. Davis said. "We have always had S.T.E.P., but this is the first time we are offering this type of workshop series.

"We thought it would be good for parents who might not be able to spend the time in a longer program."

Most workshops will meet for 90 minutes or two hours. The cost for each session will be nominal.

Some workshops, such as the "Parenting Seminar on Separation and Divorce," will include two evening sessions.

"We will be trying some new topics in this workshop series," Ms. Davis said. "They are 'The Drug-Free Family' and 'Stepfamilies' and 'Sibling Rivalry.'

"We will continue to offer our discipline sessions. We always have a lot of parents interested in our discipline classes. We look at discipline as something we do for our kids, and not to our kids."

The Youth Services Bureau has scheduled many sessions on these topics during March, April and May.

If you would like more information on the cost and times of the workshops, call Lynn Davis at the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau at 848-2500.

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Easter may be several weeks away, but why not get into the spirit of the season early with a visit to the 16th annual Westminster Junior Woman's Club Easter Bazaar.

The bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road in Westminster.

Shoppers will have plenty of items to browse through as more than 60 crafts people from Carroll and the surrounding area will display their finest handmade items for sale.

Crafts including tole painting, wreaths, dried flower arrangements, personalized children's books, hand-painted clothing and doormats will be available for purchase.

Bring the children so they can say hello to the Easter Bunny.

Come early and stay for lunch as members of the Junior Woman's Club will serve their famous "Ye Olde Westminster Bean Soup," hot dogs, barbecue and homemade cakes and pies.

A $1 donation is requested.

All proceeds from the bazaar will benefit the community projects supported by the Junior Woman's Club of Westminster.

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