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Family Advocacy Program offers fall classes

Posted 10/24/2012   Updated 10/24/2012 Email story   Print story


by Steve Pivnick
81st Medical Group Public Affairs

10/24/2012 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Keesler's Family Advocacy Program offers a variety of classes during the months of October-December.

"1,2,3 Magic!," held Nov. 14, 21, and Dec. 5 in the Arnold Annex classroom, provides "a humorous look at parenting and a serious look at discipline," Spooner commented. Participants will learn how to discipline without arguing, yelling or spanking; control obnoxious behavior; and handle the six kinds of testing and manipulation as well as the five tactics for encouraging good behavior, what to do about bedtime, messy rooms, lying, chores, homework and more.

"Strengthen your relationship with your child," Spooner said. Sessions will be conducted 8:30-10 am. Nov. 14, 21, and 28 and Dec. 5 in the Arnold Annex classroom. Everyone is encouraged to attend all four sessions.

"Dads' 101" will be held 8-11 a.m. Nov. 16, in the Arnold Annex classroom and will prepare the expecting or brand new dad for everything he has to look forward to, including basic baby care, bonding and stress management.

"Babies don't arrive with a maintenance manual, though sometimes we wish they did," Spooner observed. "Humor-filled and discussion based, it's relaxed, fun and facilitated by a fellow dad who has been through it and 'lived to tell about it' -- and you get free stuff!"

"PREP for Strong Bonds" is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 (the location will be announced) and is for couples who want to make their relationship the best it can be.

Spooner explained it identifies communication danger signs, hidden issues and expectations for your relationship. "Then work with your partner to improve problem-solving skills just by becoming a better listener. Challenge yourself, have fun and see your relationship in a whole new light. PREP is one of the most respected relationship-strengthening programs in the world."

"Active Parenting of Teens/Tweens" is set for 8:30-10 a.m. Dec.4, 11 and18 in the Arnold Annex classroom.

Spooner said, "It seems as if one day they admire you and the next they don't even want to be in the same room! What has happened to this kid? Join this three-session, interactive, video-based learning experience that will provide insight on teen brain development, tools for becoming an authoritative parent and new ideas on discipline, communication, problem solving, family enrichment and prevention of those societal risks all parents worry about."

Anger management classes are held from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Arnold Annex classroom.

"No one enjoys being captive to out-of-control emotion," said family advocacy outreach manager Paula Spooner. "Unrestrained anger can hurt others as well as us. Join us to learn some tools for identifying and cooling your own 'hot thoughts,' recognizing distorted beliefs and triggers, relaxing the body and regaining self-control. Anticipate about four weeks to complete the workbook content."

Classes are open to all Keesler personnel and their family members. For more information or to register, call the Family Advocacy Office at 228-376-3459/7.

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