Lee’s Summit CARES provides parenting classes and other resources for families

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Raising children from birth to adulthood is a remarkable undertaking, especially considering that newborns do not arrive with operating instructions. Lee’s Summit CARES, partnering with ReDiscover and the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, have partnered for 18 years to provide parents with courses and other resources to enhance the lives of area families.

Since this partnership began in 1999, more than 4,500 parents have participated in Parenting with Love and Logic classes and workshops with approximately 1,800 adults attending the organization’s Parent University. Love and Logic classes include a course tailored for parents of children from birth through age 6, a class designed for parents of children of all ages and sessions targeted for parents of tweens and teens. Mini workshops on topics such as the teenage brain, raising responsible children, conflict resolution and stress management are also available. Area businesses and schools are invited to host the mini workshops.

In addition to the parenting courses, Lee’s Summit CARES provides courses and workshops for school staff members in areas such as Love and Logic techniques, bullying prevention and creating a positive school climate. A new workshop focuses on addressing bullying behavior through a course called Empowering Upstander Behavior in a Bystander World.

Through surveys, parents attending the Love and Logic courses have shared that participation in the classes has made parenting less stressful, reduced the arguing and whining in the home, improved relationships with children and teens, helped parents “train” their children to listen to them and resulted in more responsible children.

Lee’s Summit CARES has been updating its website, www.lscares.org, to make it more convenient for parents to access the many resources available. The Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation recently awarded Lee’s Summit CARES a grant to help better publicize these opportunities, including the creation of videotaped sessions.

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