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Common Sense Parenting Program

Father and two sons

If you are the parent of a toddler, preschooler, school age or teenage child and want to improve your parenting skills, the Boys Town Common Sense Parenting classes offered through the Department of Social Services' Division of Child Protection Services can assist you. The Common Sense Parenting Program is a product of years of research compiled by Boys Town. The Program’s easy-to-learn techniques address issues a parent may have with of communication, discipline, decision-making, relationships, and self-control when parenting. To find out more about the Common Sense Parenting Program, visit the Boys Town  website

Topics Covered

  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Positive/Negative Consequences
  • Staying Calm
  • Teaching Self-Control
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Preventive Teaching
  • Corrective Teaching
  • Behavior
  • Discipline
  • Effective Praise
  • Family Meetings
  • School Success

Learn How To

  • Build strong, healthy relationships with your child
  • Reduce family stress
  • Support success in school
  • Reduce problem childhood behaviors
  • Control emotions
  • Increase your confidence as well as your child's
  • Avoid power struggles
  • Balance discipline with affections
  • Praise your child’s good behavior
  • Be a better, more engaged and caring parent

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