'Love and Logic' study group offered for parents


September 06, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL guidance counselor Ann Horner is hoping that a Love and Logic parent study group will help parents "bring the fun back into parenting."

The seven-week study group is forming and is scheduled to meet from 6: 45 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. at Mount Airy Elementary School on Mondays beginning Sept. 16.

Horner describes Love and Logic as an "attitude and philosophy, rather than a systems approach to parenting." She further explained that this approach promotes healthy ways of teaching children to become more responsible and self-disciplined, as well as self-confident, motivated and ready for real-world situations.

Last year, schoolteacher groups and two parent study groups participated in a pilot study of the program. Participant response and feedback were favorable and Horner decided to continue the program this school year. Additionally, the Love and Logic philosophy was included as one of this year's school improvement goals.

The Love and Logic philosophy was developed by Jim Fay, a retired educator, and Dr. Foster Cline, a child psychologist, both from Denver. Horner believes that she is the only trained program facilitator in Maryland offering such workshops.

Study group participants will learn approaches to real-life situations. Using an example parents know all too well -- a whining or yelling child -- Horner said that parents first need to learn how to model their own behavior.

Next, they should tell their child what they are willing to do, not what to do, such as, "I'll listen when you speak to me in a calm voice, like how I'm speaking to you now."

The study groups are open to parents in the southwest Carroll area, although priority will be given to parents of students at Mount Airy Elementary. Additional study groups are being planned for later in the school year if enough interest is shown. Information: Ann Horner at (301) 829-1515 or (410) 751-3540.

Play auditions

The Mount Airy Players announces auditions for its fall production, "A Christmas Carol -- Scrooge and Marley." Many roles are available for actors of all ages, as well as for carolers and dancers.

Auditions will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Twin Ridge Elementary School, 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle, Mount Airy. Information: 829-1527.

Jackpot bingo

Playing Thursday night bingo at American Legion Gold Star Post 191 will become more exciting this month, with a guaranteed $500 jackpot every week. The post is on Prospect Road, Mount Airy.

The $500 jackpot is part of an experiment by the Legionnaires. Plans are to continue the jackpot if the September bingo is successful.

Thursday bingo begins at 7 p.m. and features 31 paper bingo games with cash prizes. Doors open at 5: 30 p.m. and food is available beginning at 6 p.m. Information: 795-6444.

Mental health group

The DRADA (Depression And Related Affected Disorders Association) group from St. James Episcopal Church is having an open meeting for the community at 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the church on North Main Street, Mount Airy.

The topic for the meeting is learning to live with depressive and manic depressive illness. Mary L. Fetting will be the speaker. She is a private practitioner, psychotherapist and instructor in areas of child and adolescent development.

The public is invited to the free meeting. Information: (301) 831-5730 or St. James Church at 829-0325.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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