Parenting Education and Support (PEAS)

Parenting may be the most difficult and challenging job you ever do. Children don’t come with instruction books; it is difficult to know what to do when your children misbehave. It is also hard to know how to help them grow up in the best way. Research shows that parents still have the greatest influence on their kids, more than anything or anyone else. You are your child’s best bet for a safe, happy and fulfilling life. Be involved with your kids. Talk to your kids. Give your kids a chance at a really great future.

PEAS classes are offered 2 times a year in Harrisonburg. For more information, call 540-564-7006 or 800-377-4453. Si desea información de las clases en Español, favor de llamar a 540-271-1206.

THE INCREDIBLE YEARS: ALL ABOUT BABY
A 14–week program for parents expecting a child or who have a child under age two.

Topics include:

  • Happiest Baby on the Block
  • Happiest Toddler on the Block
  • Signing with your Baby

THE INCREDIBLE YEARS: PRESCHOOL AND SCHOOL AGE
An award-winning 14-week parenting training program for parents of children 3-11 years old that improves parenting skills and strengthens families by:

  • Encouraging positive and nurturing parenting
  • Decreasing negative behaviors and non-cooperation with parents
  • Decreasing disruptive behaviors in children

STAYING CONNECTED WITH YOUR TEEN
A 14-week educational skill-building program created for families with children between ages 12 and 17. The program will focus on strengthening family bonds, establishing clear standards for behavior, managing teenagers behaviors, and encouraging adolescents to grow toward independence.

GRANDPEAS
Raising grandchildren is often unexpected and can be very challenging. There are many legal, financial, ethical, and emotional difficulties faced by grandparents as the primary parent. Most grandparents have lots of love to share and a real desire to help their grandchildren but may feel alone and isolated.

FREE GrandPEAS support groups are offered once a month at two different locations. For information, please call 540-564-7080.

PARENTING EDUCATION AND SUPPORT (PEAS) CHILDCARE AVAILABLE WHILE PARENTS ATTEND CLASSES

Childcare offered at no charge to participating parents. Family-style dinner also available to parents and children prior to each class 6 - 6:25 p.m.

Nursery: Age 2 and under
Songs, stories, and toys that incorporate numbers and color

Milestones: Ages 3-5
Activities that incorporate crafts, songs, and stories to build literacy and an understanding of emotions

School Age: Ages 6-12
Crafts, board games, pool table, foosball table, and more to engage children

All classes are free to participants. Programs supported by United Way of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County, Sentara RMH Community Health, and Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Service Board.

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