Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Scroll: Parenting class offers skills to students

Note: Every week I have an article published in the Scroll, a newspaper on the BYU-Idaho campus. The following is one of those articles.

Child development majors at BYU-Idaho will teach a class about parenting every Monday and Wednesday 9 to 10 a.m. throughout the month of June.

Since the beginning of Fall Semester 2008, students have been facilitating this class to share what they have learned in the classroom.

“This program has started to give students the opportunity to practice what they have learned,” said Kevin Galbraith, a professor in the home and family department.

Galbraith said that what is taught in these classes would be helpful to any parent.

At one class, a student discussed how to change challenging behavior, and the positive ways it can be dealt with. 

Another student taught about the attachment theory and how it develops consistency in a child’s life.

The last student talked about how to build strong bonds between parent and child and how important it is to take time for your children.

“We have been getting good reception with this, but most seem to come because of a crisis situation,” Galbraith said.

The course welcomes anyone in any situation and it is aimed to be more prevention oriented.

Catch more after the break...

“The program has a dual purpose: to provide a service to the students and to help the parents whose children are in our preschool program,” Galbraith said.

Students involved in the program take turns teaching different material in the class. Usually three students teach each class.
“I am going to be a parent someday. I need to understand more about being a parent,” said Ashley Millsaps, a senior studying child development.

The class also focuses on involving the audience.

 “[The classes] are very discussion oriented,” Galbraith said.

The classes are held in room 216 in the John L. Clarke Building.

Class is held for 45 minutes to an hour

Galbraith said that meeting times and places might change and will vary 
each semester.  

Anyone who would like to learn more about the course can contact the Department of Home and Family in Clarke 223.

No comments:

Post a Comment