Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

August 19, 2013

Free parenting classes offered in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — A free 10-week parenting education series that kicks off Sept. 10 at Jacksonville's First Presbyterian Church will provide tools needed to create a more balanced, healthy approach to parenting.

The Middle Way Parent Parent program, offered through Parents Anonymous of Tyler, Inc., helps people “find out 'how do we parent, how do we learn to do that?'” said Mary Thrasher, program director of the Tyler organization.

“It's parenting with a balance, and this program is really for anyone, because it builds up a relationship,” she said, describing how the Middle Way focuses at the different stages of parenting, from infant to young adult.

“You learn to parent differently” at each stage, she said.

Classes will be offered from 6-8 p.m. weekly, in both English and Spanish, with childcare provided.

“During the first week, we look at how we were taught to parent by our own parents, and look at the challenges we have as (modern-day) parents,” she said.

The program curriculum focuses on nurturing, discipline (“we want them to recognize family patterns (and) let them know they have power to make changes or adjust their parenting” to a more healthy style), communication and listening, family values, stages of development – both physical and emotional – choices and consequences.

And there's a component that focuses on “the tools we can use,” Thrasher said. “It's a behavioral management toolbox: Things like time out, lowing our own voice, positive touch – we spend a lot of time on praise and encouragement, and the impact of our relationship with our children.”

The goal, she added, is to “come from the middle,” using a parenting style that's neither too harsh nor too lenient.

“A lot of times if we're too harsh, children don't learn; if too soft, we let them get away with things – they don't learn rules or regulation. The middle way is a more balanced approached to parenting, where we have rules, and we are firm but loving” in keeping them, she said.

The Tyler-based office – founded in 1984 by the Smith County Medical Society Alliance to help serve as a resource for families dealing with abuse, dysfunction and out-of control behavior – is part of a national organization.

Classes are primarily offered in Tyler, Thrasher said, but parenting programs are also provided in area cities when a need is detected. In addition, classes are provided for children there are enough to comprise a group, she said.

Volunteers are sought to help provide free childcare for the Jacksonville program. To learn more, contact Mary Thrasher at 903-597-1831.

Text Only
Local News
  • Cuney Council cancels meeting, again

    Tuesday's Cuney City Council meeting – in which local alderman were to vote on canceling a May 10 election due to unopposed status of candidates – was canceled because of a lack of quorum, according to City Secretary Brenda Lankford.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sen. Nichols speaking.tif Senator Nichols speaks to Jacksonville Leadership Institute

    State Senator Robert Nichols (R) spoke to the Jacksonville Leadership Institute Tuesday regarding the role of government in Texas.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jacob.tif Local boy recovering from campfire accident in Dallas hospital

    Jacob Sessions of Jacksonville was burned on 71 percent of his body on April 5 from a campfire accident. He is currently in Parkland ICU due to his injuries, according to a representative for the family.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • THOMPSON, CEDRICK.tif Cherokee County woman found dead

    At approximately 9:35 a.m. Sunday,  Kayla Nicole Thompson, 27, was found deceased in the driveway of her residence, located in the 1500 block of County Road 3201,  just West of Lake Jacksonville.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • BullardFUNRUN.tif Bullard Education Foundation sets record with event

    The Bullard Education Foundation hosted its 4th annual 5K /Fun Run, “Strides for Excellence” on Saturday morning, April 19.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire destroys Sims Avenue residence

    Jacksonville Fire Department responded to a fire in the 900 block of Sims Avenue early Saturday.

    April 22, 2014

  • Community library on council agenda

    The Bullard City Council will met at 6 p.m. today at Bullard First Baptist Church, 1428 S. Houston, for the regular board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Council to mull election, roads

    The Cuney City Council will meet at 10 a.m. today at the Cuney Municipal Building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Christian Rapper 0419.tif Local rap artist spreads the 411 on Jesus

    "I have seen things in my life that would make Dr. Phil crazy," Jacksonville native, ordained minister and aspiring rap artist Stephen I. Crow Jr. said with a laugh. "That's why I don't label my music specifically as "Christian rap" -- yes, Christians who love rap can listen and hopefully be uplifted, but I truly want and am trying to bring the word and Jesus' message to people who may never have heard it or don't believe it's for them.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tomato Bowl flushed to bottom of priorities

    The historic Tomato Bowl, built in 1940, stands strong on the outside, but according to some people the inside needs a lot of work in order to not be an eyesore.

    April 19, 2014