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Lowville Extension office to host parenting classes

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LOWVILLE — Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Lewis County next week will begin offering a series of parenting classes for those with children from birth to 10 years old.

“It’s super interesting with lots of practical information,” said Michele E. Ledoux, executive director at the Lowville Extension office. “It’s timely and relevant.”

The Magic Years class is a program for families of children from birth through 4 years, while the Middle Years class is for families of children 5 to 10 years old.

Both of the six-week classes will be held Wednesdays in February and March, beginning next Wednesday, at the Lowville Extension office on outer Stowe Street.

The Magic Years classes will run from 9 to 11 a.m., while the Middle Years classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.

The cost for each of the courses is $50, but participants may receive a fee waiver based on income guidelines.

The class for parents of younger children will help them “learn about their role in the development of their child,” according to a release. Topics will include identifying developmental milestones, nurturing routines, parenting styles, positive discipline, stress management, nutrition and caregiver responsibility.

Meanwhile, the course for parents of older children “encourages positive family interactions and offers parenting strategies that work,” the release said. Topics in that class will include child development, positive communication, setting family rules, positive discipline, building self-esteem in children, nutrition, stress management and parenting styles.

Class certificates will be available at the end of the six-week programs.

Similar courses are held periodically in Jefferson County by that county’s Extension office.

At the request of Lewis County Department of Social Services officials, a parenting program has been started here as a cooperative effort between the Extension offices here and in Watertown, which boasts a large parenting program, Mrs. Ledoux said.

While that referral-based program has gone well thus far, the upcoming courses will allow any interested county residents to gain more parenting and nutritional skills and share their experiences with other parents, she said.

The Extension office here has offered some parenting courses in the past but hasn’t done so in many years, Mrs. Ledoux said.

To enroll in either or both classes, call the Lowville Extension office at 376-5270.

More information is available by calling Jessica Hall, parent educator, or sending her an email at jdh349@cornell.edu.

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