Virtual program

Virtual program offers tips for parents

AMES, Iowa – Raising children has its challenges, but it can also be a rewarding, surprising and hilarious adventure. Parents and caregivers can learn skills to better handle challenges and enjoy the adventure, according to Malisa Rader, humanities specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“ACT Raising Safe Kids” teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to 8 years old. The lesson series is sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach.

“Starting in October, we’re offering this educational offering to families in a virtual format,” said Rader, who specializes in family wellbeing. “It’s what ISU Extension and Outreach has been doing for more than 100 years – meeting the needs of Iowans where they are.”

In the series of lessons, parents and guardians will learn strategies to:

  • Dealing with challenging children’s behaviors using developmentally appropriate responses.
  • Control your own anger.
  • Help children control their anger.
  • Teach children how to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence.
  • Use age-appropriate positive discipline methods.
  • Reduce the influence of media violence on children.

Participants will receive the ACT Parent Handbook, which includes sets of fact sheets containing information on typical problem child behaviors and outlines basic information on child development. The manual also includes material on anger management, positive discipline, media literacy, and positive ways to resolve conflict.

The program is based on research that indicates effective parenting is a critical factor in preventing behavior problems in young people, Rader said.

Parents, foster parents, grandparents, primary caregivers and others in a parenting role are encouraged to attend one of the next series scheduled for Tuesday, October 4 through November 29 from 6:30 p.m. at 8:30 p.m. or Friday, October 7. until December 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Professionals who work with families are encouraged to share this information with their clients.

The ACT Raising Safe Kids series consists of nine two-hour sessions. The cost is $40 per family. Financial scholarships are available if needed. To learn more or to register, visit or contact Malisa Rader at [email protected] or 515-708-0622.

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