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Positive Solutions for Families

Positive Solutions for Families is a six week class offered in Ketchikan for parents, foster parents, and other primary care providers with children under 5 years old. The class focuses on ways to build a healthy relationship with your child through every day interactions in order to lay a foundation for lifelong success.

We discuss how to prevent challenging behaviors through “catching kids being good” and telling children what “to do”. We share powerful strategies for purposefully teaching children friendship skills and how to handle strong emotions. We also look at behavior as communication and explore ways behavior “works” for children and how we can use this as a guide to teaching our children new skills.

This class is effective because it includes opportunities for parents to put these strategies into practice, reflect on their child’s progress, and includes a follow up component. It’s informative, empowering, interactive and fun. Parents complete the class feeling more confident and knowing they have a healthy, natural support network within their own community.

Parenting with Love and Logic

Do you ever wish for a pleasant shopping experience with your toddler? Figuring out how to get your children to do chores without arguing? Making sure your teenagers are safe even when they’re not with you?

It’s all possible – with positive parenting skills.

Great skills take practice. Parenting with Love and Logic is all about taking good care of yourself as a parent and allowing your children to take responsibility for their actions. It’s about raising responsible and caring human beings. Parenting with Love and Logic is for children of all ages, from babies through teenagers.

The Love and Logic parent training program is offered through Community Connections for parents (including grandparents and foster-parents) who are interested in having fun in raising respectful and responsible children. This class (6 sessions total) will provide a vast amount of practical information that can be used immediately. You will leave each class feeling more confident as a parent with an inventory of skills of how to handle frustrating situations with your children.

Stop the arguing and the whining and feel more energy for the fun things in life. To get more information and/or register for the next course please call Community Connections in Craig at 826-3891. You can also find more information on the Love and Logic website.

Infant Massage

We offer an infant massage class for parents, foster parents, and primary care providers with infants under one year old.

Infant massage has powerful benefits for both parent and infant. Massage supports early infant-parent attachment and co-regulation. We practice a series of strokes that both awaken and calm every system of a baby’s body to support healthy muscle tone and reduce colic. Massage stimulates the release of hormones such as oxytocin (the cuddle hormone) in both parent and child, prolactin which promotes milk production, and other endorphins. Through massage, parents are empowered; they learn how to respect baby’s needs and wants, understand why baby cries, read and respond to baby’s body language.

Learn to massage your baby in a relaxed atmosphere where you and your baby can enjoy such benefits as:

  • Improve baby’s sleep patterns
  • Relieve baby’s gas and colic
  • Increase baby’s weight gain
  • Assist with recovery from postnatal depression
  • Support the bonding process
  • Enhance baby’s motor development

This is a “hands-on” training; parents should plan to bring their baby to each session. This course is taught by Certified Educators of Infant Massage.