Lee’s Summit Cares, a local nonprofit dedicated to its partnership with the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and ReDiscover, has announced its lineup of parenting classes and workshops for this fall and into 2018.

The classes and workshops are aimed to help parents and families bridge gaps, establish long-term, positive outcomes and spur discussion between parents and children. Each Parent University class is taught by experts in their field and the popular, ongoing Parenting the Love and Logic Way sessions are developed by the Cline Fay Institute.

Parent University Lead Facilitator and Lee’s Summit resident, Kerri Gray, recommends all parents attend these courses: “Children don’t arrive with instruction manuals and each stage of development creates new questions and challenges for parents. These workshops are designed to provide parents with ideas and strategies to help reduce the stress in raising children.”
The Love and Logic series kicks off Oct. 2 with “Early Childhood Made FUN.” Classes will run each Monday through Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center, 905 NE Bluestem Dr. near the Legacy Park Community Center. On Nov. 7, another five-week course starts specific to parenting youth ages 11-18. This course meets each Monday, 6:30 p.m. at Bernard Campbell Middle School, 1201 NE Colburn Road.

Future Love and Logic classes in 2018 will focus on parents of youth ages 10-19 and for parents of children of all ages. For more information on these classes, check www.LSCares.org.
Lee’s Summit Cares also offers individual workshops taught by Gray and other experts, the first of which kicks off Sept. 25. “Positive Discipline Strategies for the Early Years” starts at 6:30 p.m., also at Great

Beginnings Early Childhood Center and will focus on establishing positive foundations for discipline in the home.

Beginning Sept. 15, Lee’s Summit Cares will also offer an online-only “Intro to Mindful Parenting 101” facilitated by Robin Todd. This class is designed to reduce stress and teach parents how to be more present in their daily lives.

“Adolescent Brain Development” is focused for parents during teen transition into adulthood. This class takes place Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Summit Lakes Middle School, 3500 SW Windemere Dr.
Into 2018, Lee’s Summit Cares will offer classes on stress management for busy families, quick and healthy meals, nutritional needs and brain development and screen time.

Lee’s Summit CARES Director, Rachel Segobia, emphasizes the impact that these classes have had on the community. “Over the past 18 years, Lee’s Summit CARES has provided parenting resources to more than 5300 families. As a result, children and teens are listening the first time, parents are hearing less arguing and whining, and children are more respectful, responsible and fun to be around. Most importantly, parents are enjoying less stress along the journey and closer relationships with their children.”

For more information on the online or any class, call Lee’s Summit Cares at 816-347-3298 or visit www.LSCares.org.