Hanover parenting classes kick off

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Our free Hanover parenting classes kicked off this week with “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” with our friends from Family-Child Resources.

Over six weeks, parents in attendance will learn tools to help them better raise responsible, respectful kids.

The goal? To love our kids so much that we’re willing to set limits. And to do so with sincere compassion and empathy. Logic happens when we allow our kids to make decisions and affordable mistakes.

In each class – held every Tuesday at our Hanover Center – the parents will learn a skill. They’re asked to experiment with the skill as homework. Each week will add another which builds off the previously-learned skill. The first week was putting an end to arguing, back talk and begging (something we think all parents know too well).

20160426_181859Our parents started off with a video that explained some tips for when you’re arguing with your child.

Step one: Go “brain dead.” The less your lips move, the more effective you become.

Step two: Simply repeat the same, calm, one-liner. “I know.” Don’t be angry, don’t be sarcastic. Give them very little ammunition.

Why’s this so important? Kids crave attention. So if you’re calm and give them little to work with, they’ll likely move on.

We also learned some great tips to help build a relationship like – at least once a day notice something special about them. Love them when they’re behaving not so lovable, and more!

It was a great start to the six-week program. Thanks to our parents for attending and to Patient Care Coordinator Hyacinth Gayle for organizing!

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Get involved in our free programs in April

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There’s so much going on this month that we can’t even! 

It’s nearly April and we’ve got a lot going on at Family First Health. Let’s get caught up on what’s coming soon.

All month: It’s time for our Eat Your Greens campaign! This time we’re focusing on sneaking fruits and veggies into each of your meals. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all month as we include tips, tricks and more!

April 1 and 2: This weekend, we’re teaming up with the vision van to bring free eye exams to all York students and then Saturday in Delta to the entire community. It’s pretty awesome, and we’re very excited. Read today’s York Dispatch story on the event.

Also on April 1 and 2: Our Caring Together staff April 1st and April 2nd The Caring Together program will  be working a table at the Bears, Bikers and Mayhem event in Adams County. They’ll be doing some HIV testing and education on HIV/AIDS.

April 16: Our Caring Together staff and volunteers will be readying the Serenity Garden for spring!

April 18: Free advance directive workshops. No one wants to think about themselves or someone they love reaching the end of life. But it’s something we need to plan for – so we can receive the type of care we want to have. All adults should have a plan for a health care crisis. So join us Monday, April 18 from 8 to 10 a.m. at our George Street Center for a free workshop.

April 23: It’s Go Green in the City! Join us on Beaver Street in York for veggie and fruit stamping fun for the kids. We’ll also have some juice samples from our friends at Mr. Nice Guy Produce and Corner Cabinet. This is part of our Eat Your Greens campaign, which this month is focused on sneaking fruits and veggies into every meal! We’ll be there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 26: Our Hanover parenting classes – “Parenting the love and logic way” kicks off. The classes run May 3, May 24, June 7, June 24 and July 5 at our Hanover Center. It’s run by us and Family-Child Resources. Reach out to our patient care coordinator Hyacinth Gayle at 632-9052 or email hgayle@familyfirsthealth.org.

April 29: Join us at Hauser Estates Winery in Adams County for A Toast to Good Health. We’ll be celebrating years of service to the Adams County community. Get your tickets online – they include wine, apps, free music and a fishbowl raffle.

April 30: This is a very busy day for Family First Health. We will be at the Hispanic American Center Hanover’s Kids Day with the Hanover Center staff. Some of our dental staff will be at the Colgate Van at the York YMCA. And other staffers will likely be at Leg Up Farm’s Family Fun Day.

May 3: Our Diabetes Prevention Program with the YMCA kicks off. It will run every Tuesday from May 3 to Aug. 16 and is FREE to Family First Health patients. Childcare will be provided at our George Street center. Call 843-7884 x 248 for more information. Learn more about the program here!

I think that’s it. Excuse me while I go hide somewhere because it’s going to be a BUSY MONTH of serving everyone and caring for you!

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This will be your friendly development and marketing team come May.

 

 

Free parenting classes sending the right message

It started with one of our providers noticing that many parents of her pediatric patients seemed to be frustrated with some of their children’s behavior and maybe they could use some help.

Enter Shane Moore, our patient care coordinator. Working with patients to see what they would like to see (and when), Family First Health now brings in our friends from Family Child Resources once a month to provide FREE parenting classes. Plus we’ll entertain your kids during class.

During warmer months, the class has seen 16 or so people. Many of them are new faces each time. The classes started in May, and Shane’s calculated that they’ve helped 34 individuals.

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