A federal grant administered by the United Way is sponsoring “Why Say Yes to No?” discussion groups in the communities of New Ulm, Sleepy Eye and Springfield in February and March.
Learning how and when to say ‘no’ is critical to our children’s success in school and in life. With an average of 44.5 hours of screen time a week, kids are exposed to over one million ‘yes’ messages a year.
This constant barrage of ‘yes’ messages undermines the crucial character traits including self-reliance, perseverance, integrity and the ability of delay gratification.
Our kids may be smart as ever, but a culture of “more, easy, fast and fun” is undermining what really counts in the classroom and in helping our children to become thriving, responsible adults.
The Sleepy Eye discussion group will be held at the Sleepy Eye High School Media Center Tuesdays, Feb. 19, 26 and March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m.
The discussions will be led by Kim Jahnke, Brown County Underage Substance Abuse Coalition coordinator.
“We go through the book and talk about different styles of discipline, the media and how it affects kids, and why parents sometimes have a difficult time saying no,” Jahnke said of the discussions.
“It’s about connecting with kids, disciplining in different ways and what’s important as parents.”
She added that each parent has different idea of discipline and setting limits and consequences is an important thing.
The award winning book by psychologist Dr. David Walsh, founder and president of the National Institute on Media and the Family will be provided.
According to Pat Stevermer, Community Education Director, this class sheds some light on the importance of being a parent and the different aspects of discipline.
“I’ve heard him (Dr. David Walsh) speak and he has some very good thoughts,” Stevermer said. Stevermer added that the discussions were held several years ago and deemed a success.
To attend these discussions or request more information call the Sleepy Eye Community Ed Services at 794-7873.
The discussion groups in New Ulm will be held at the Washington Elementary School room 216 Thursdays, Feb. 14, 21 and 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information or to register call the New Ulm ECFE at 359-8417.
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The discussion groups in Springfield will be held at the Springfield High School Media Center on Tuesdays, March 12, 19, and 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. For more information or to register contact the Springfield Community Education Services at 723-6407.