By Joseph Knoop
Sissy Goff and David Thomas get it. Being a parent is hard. Being a parent that can balance both the physical and emotional needs of a child with the numerous obligations in a day is nearly impossible.
The parenting authors aim to alleviate much of that struggle in two new classes titled “Raising Boys and Girls” and “Intentional Parenting” presented in March at Zionsville Presbyterian Church.
“A lot of what they’re teaching is based on how God wants us to raise our children, and I think we are a society that’s inundated with information,” said Amy Crispin, ZPC children’s ministry coordinator. “One book can tell you to never say no, another will tell you that you need to be firm, but really, to a Christ-believer, there is only one rule, and that’s God’s.”
The “Raising Boys and Girls” class focuses on helping parents understand the role they play in the development of children of either gender. Goff will cover the different stages of development for young girls and how to improve your ability to relate to them, while Thomas plans to explore the role parents play in a young boy’s journey to manhood.
In “Intentional Parenting,” Goff and Thomas pull from their personal experience in talking with various parents in order to show participants how to better connect with their children, while avoiding trivial distractions like technology. A portion of the discussion is also focused on balancing between a parent’s various obligations and the attention they must show their children in order for them to develop in a healthy manner.
Parenting classes with Sissy Goff and David Thomas
When: 2 to 8 p.m. March 12
Where: Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 W. 116th St.
Cost: $40 per couple or $20 per individual. Materials and dinner are included. Childcare is available when requested by March 1.
More info: Email Lynn Strueh at email@example.com