NDI hosts parenting classes

Parenting is the most important job one will ever have. Parenting is learned and parenting practices are significantly influenced by one’s own upbringing. Effective early parenting contributes to development of cognitive and social skills, positive peer relationships and prevention of delinquency, risky behaviors and school failure.

All parents and child caregivers benefit from parenting education opportunities throughout a child’s life.

Nancy Johanson Paul, Columbia Gorge parenting education program coordinator at The Next Door, recommends that parents take parenting classes when their child is 18 months to 5 years old and then again when they are 10-14 years old.

The Next Door is offering a seven-week “Parenting Now!” series for parents and child caregivers of children birth to 8 years at Chenowith Elementary in The Dalles starting Oct. 2. Hood River classes start Oct. 8 at May Street Elementary.

Both class series run 5:30-7:30 p.m. and cost $20 per family. To sign up, contact Johansen Paul at 541-436-0319 or nancyp@nextdoorinc.org

Look for parenting education information on the fall classes at www.nextdoorinc.org.

More help for parents and adults who care for children is available online; see the “Pocket Full of Feelings” kit at www.pocketfulloffeelings.com.

According to Next Door Inc., there are new parenting education opportunities at the libraries in The Dalles and Hood River.

The children’s librarians have put together several kits of parenting resources that parents can check out. They are available in the ground floor children’s area.


n The Baby Parenting bag includes the DVDs, “Advice for New Parents” and “Happiest Baby on the Block,” along with the Parents booklet for the “Incredible Infant” curriculum.

n The Toddler Parenting bag features the “It’s Mine” DVD, and the “Make Parenting a Pleasure” curriculum on DVD with the Parent Booklet.

n The Preschooler Parenting bag includes the “Make Parenting a Pleasure” DVDs and Parent booklet, and a “Helping Children in Resolving Conflicts” DVD.

Spanish language bags will also be available soon.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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