Parenting Classes

Light Up The Dark offers five different Active Parenting® Classes. We work with several local agencies in Rice, Reno, and Barton counties to coordinate classes for parents. Cost varies by class and covers materials only. For information from the publisher about Active Parenting® Curriculum, read on below. To be added to a class or have our Parenting Class Coordinator contact you, please complete the form below:

For more information about the curriculum taught, read below:

Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce

This seminar will help parents become aware of how their actions may inadvertently harm their children, show how to establish positive post-divorce co-parenting relationships, and provide them with the skills they need to stay child-focused while minimizing poor choices amidst conflict and loss.

5 steps to prevent divorce abuse

In just one session (4-6 hours), parents will learn how to implement the 5 prevention steps:

  • Step 1: Keep your child out of the middle.
  • Step 2: Allow your child to love both parents.
  • Step 3: Work on your own recovery.
  • Step 4: Develop new communication skills.
  • Step 5: Create a positive new relationship as co-parents.

Certificates of completion are available for all attendees.

The Active Parenting: First Five Years 

Implement your parenting class in 3-4 sessions — or hold a 1-session parent engagement workshop. With so many different kinds of parents, why should there be only one kind of class? Active Parenting: First Five Years is designed to make it easy for you to offer:

SESSION I – You and Your Child: Styles of parenting, ages and stages of development, building a bond with your child, the method of choice

SESSION II – Preventing Problems: Your child’s beautiful brain, using nonviolent discipline, the “A-C-T” of parenting

SESSION III – Encouraging Positive Behavior: The power of encouragement, choices and consequences, caring for the caregiver

SESSION IV – Preparing for School Success: 6 smart things parents can do to help young children get ready for school

Certificates of completion are available for all attendees.

Active Parenting, Ages 5-12

SESSION I – The Active Parent
  • Styles of parenting
  • Brain development in children
  • The method of choice
SESSION II – Cooperation & Communication
  • Who owns the problem?
  • Active communication
  • Feelings, empathy & problem-solving
SESSION III – Responsibility & Discipline
  • Effective, non-violent discipline
  • “I” messages
  • Logical consequences
SESSION IV – Building Courage & Self-Esteem
  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • The power of encouragement
SESSION V – Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior
  • Why children misbehave
  • Eliminating power struggles
  • Handling anger
  • Problem-solving with FLAC
SESSION VI – Active Parenting for School Success
  • 7 Smart Things for School Success
  • Structuring homework time
  • Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
  • Family talks

Certificate of completion are available for all attendees.

Active Parenting of Teens

SESSION I – The Active Parent
  • Teens today
  • Styles of parenting
  • Control vs. influence
  • Mutual respect
  • The method of choice
SESSION II – Winning Cooperation
  • Who owns the problem?
  • Active communication with teens
  • The key of encouragement
SESSION III – Responsibility & Discipline
  • Logical consequences and more
  • Problem-solving with FLAC
SESSION IV – Building Courage, Redirecting Misbehavior
  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • Courage and self-esteem
  • Five goals of teen behavior
  • Eliminating power struggles
SESSION V – Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence
  • Reducing the risks
  • Overview of the issues
  • Prevention strategies 1-4 (focus on sexuality)
SESSION VI – Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence (continued)
  • Prevention strategies 5-10 (focus on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs)

Teens in Action, a class for youth ages 11-16

Session I:
  • 5 key qualities of character
  • Understanding parents
  • Your brain on adolescence
  • The power of choice
  • School success
  • Challenges of teen life: drugs, sexuality and violence
Session II:
  • The Spiral of Success
  • Communication: the road to cooperation
Session III:
  • Responsibility and freedom
  • The voice of discipline
  • Understanding and accepting consequences

Session IV:

  • Courage and self-esteem
  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • Turn discouragement into encouragement
  • Getting past power struggles
Session V:
  • 10 risk-prevention strategies for teens
  • Negative vs. positive influences
  • Talking about sexuality
Session VI:
  • Tobacco, alcohol, & other drugs
  • Bullying and relationship violence
  • Peer pressure
  • Confronting high-risk behavior