Friday, May 13, 2011

Parenting: I'm a preschooler—This is how I roll

Thursday evening was the first of four parenting classes on preschoolers. It's taught by Margie Clark and is open for anyone to come. These parenting classes will continue discussing parenting through the years. They are organized under the direction of the Sunday School Presidency.

Here are some of the highlights.

It is important to understand how children develop, in order that we can teach and discipline with age-appropriateness.  We discussed important milestones of development for ages 2-6.  You can check them out on

We discussed the 3 types of parenting styles and reflected on which category we fit in to.

They are:

Authoritarian - Children have little or no voice in rules.  Firm control from parents.  Parents show little warmth.  "Because I said so!"

Permissive - Parents show warmth, but little guidance.  Non-punitive.  Don't insist children obey.  Avoid confrontations.

Authoritative - Parents have high expectations, but high degree of warmth.  Share w/ child reasons for rules and allow some give and take.  State values clearly and expect child to respect their norms.

The Authoritative method is the most consistent with the scriptures and teachings of Church leaders.

Lastly, we, as members of the Church, have access to the Holy Ghost, who will guide us in our parenting.  We can pray for guidance and apply the Atonement, when we make mistakes.



Valley Forge 1st Ward
Parenting Classes
Emphasis on preschool-aged children

§ Thursday, May 12, 7:00-8:00 pm
“I am a preschooler – this is how I roll.”

§ Thursday, May 26, 7:00-8:00 pm
“United We Stand!”

§ Thursday, June 2, 7:00-8:00 pm
“Three strikes – you’re out!”

§ Thursday, June 9, 7:00-8:00 pm
“I’ll be a Sunbeam, if I want to.”

Babysitting will be provided
Classes held in the Primary room

Any questions – phone Margie Clark 610-454-7379


  1. The former kindergarten teacher in me is cringing. Someone fix that kid's grasp on the crayon!!!


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