Parenting Classes

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Neighborhood Place of Kona offers various parenting classes:

I. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen is based on the principles of child psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott, and is written by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  This course uses humor, wisdom and practical advice to teach parents skills for solving problems and building positive, lasting relationships.  We offer the classes as a free service, so that any family may attend.  For more information, please call us at 331-8777.

Workshop Topics:

Dealing with Feelings

Engaging Cooperation

Alternatives to Punishment

Encouraging Autonomy

Praise and Self-Esteem

Freedom From Roles

II. Kamalama parenting classes use a specially designed curriculum that incorporates Hawaiian culture with positive parenting using a values-based approach.  For more information, please call us at 331-8777.

Lesson 1:  The value of Loina (custom, tradition).  Understanding and incorporating personal values in the way people parent their children.

Lesson 2: The value of `Ohana (family, kin) and Lokahi (harmony, balance).  Participants learn how different members of their `ohana work together to bring about lokahi.

Lesson 3:  The value of Aloha (love, empathy) and Ho’omana (spirituality).  Explore love languages and spirituality.

Lesson 4:  The value of Kuleana (responsibility).  Learn about responsibility for individual family members, including developing chores and setting boundaries.

Lesson 5:  The value of Hana Pono (correct behavior) and Laulima (working together).  This lesson encourages working together to complete good deeds.

Lesson 6:  The value of Malama (to care for, to protect, to maintain, to attend to) and A’o Ikaika (to discipline).  Identify positive disciplining methods while incorporating the value of malama.

Lesson 7:  The value of Launa `Olelo (friendly and sociable dialogue or communication) and Kukakuka (respectful discussion), Part I.  This lesson teaches respectful parent-child communication.

Lesson 8:  The value of Launa `Olelo (friendly and sociable dialogue or communication) and Kukakuka (respectful discussion), Part II.  Continued discussion on respectful parent-child communication.

Lesson 9:  The value of Ho’ohiki (to promise), Hilina’i (to rely on, to trust), and Ho’oponopono (to make right).  Combining promise, reliance, and trust to bring your family into balance.

Lesson 10:  The value of Ho’omau (to preserve, perpetuate, continue), Ho’oma’ama’a (experience, practice, embrace), and Ho’olaule’a (to celebrate).  This lesson embraces the importance of continuing traditions in your family, as well as celebrating your family.

III. Nurturing Parenting Programs are written by Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D.  His evidence-based approach increases empathy, self-worth, and personal empowerment.  Positive nurturing affects brain development and creates caring patterns of behavior.  For more information, please call us at 331-8777.

Topics Include:

Ages and Stages

Discipline with Dignity

Establishing Nurturing Parenting Routines

Feeding Your Child Nutritious Foods

Understanding and Handling Stress

Toilet Training

Keeping Kids Drug Free

How to Protect Our Children

Problem Solving and Decision Making

Negotiation and Compromise