New class teaches parenting techniques |

New class teaches parenting techniques

William Ferchland

Driving to Sacramento and listening to talk radio on his trip, Jeff Miner was put on a new path when he heard a story on a parenting program.

Details about the program, “Love and Logic,” clicked enough with Miner that the South Lake Tahoe consultant investigated it more on the Internet when he arrived back home.

“Everything he said was ringing a bell,” said Miner, who helped bring the program to South Tahoe Middle School beginning this week.

Topics will include how parents can handle whining, arguing, sibling rivalry, power struggles, homework, chores, curfew and more.

He told his wife, Karen, about the program. Karen Miner taught at the elementary school level for more than a decade before teaching seventh-grade math for the first time this year.

In a strange environment, Miner sought new classroom strategies. Her husband turned her on to the “Love and Logic” program, which has a section for teachers, and Karen Miner was happy with the results.

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“The book really made me aware of the self concept that middle schoolers need to preserve,” she said. “The kid doesn’t really care what the consequences are because they want to look good in front of their peers.”

Instead of telling students what 20 math problems they should do, Karen Miner said she allows them to pick any 20 in the section. If students do more than 20 problems they receive extra credit.

“I have kids doing more problems than they ever wanted to do because they have a choice,” Karen Miner said.

The parent program will be facilitated by Janet Carter. Carter was trained in the program when she looked for help in her job as a social worker in 1993.

Among other things, it teaches parents to act more like consultants than hovering supervisors or drill sergeants, she said.

“It’s basically a program to teach parents to relax, to enjoy children and to parent with a sense of humor,” Carter said.

Jackie Nelson, principal of the middle school, thought the program helped her staff enough that she decided to open the school for seven two-hour sessions for parents.

“I don’t know a lot about the program but everything I heard is good,” she said.

The “Love and Logic” parenting class began Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 44 at South Tahoe Middle School. Parents can still register for the program, which runs April 6, 11, 13, 25, 27 and May 11. A fee of $25 per attendee covers the cost of the sessions and a workbook. Parents of any aged child are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, call (530) 544-3873. Registration can also be completed at the door.