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Free parenting workshops

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.

Learn how to master those difficult parenting challenges. Parent educators facilitate discussions on specific topics as your children enjoy supervised play in the museum! 

In partnership with the Family Support Center.
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With Support From:
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Pre-registration is required. 
No fee. 
Free childcare for ages 3-12, $10 per child under age 3.
(Limited childcare scholarships available.)

To register, call 360-956-0818 x103. 

College credit is available for all parent education programs:  PlayWise, PowerParenting and Parenting with Candyce Bollinger. Earn 1 credit for every 11 hours of attendance.  $36 per credit. Call (360)956-0818 x162 for more information.

In partnership with South Puget Sound Community College


February 14, 2017 - Food, Power Struggles and Nutrition: How to Turn Eating Into a Pleasure
Do you just want meal time to be relaxing but it seems to be torture for you and your child? How do you and your child come to common ground so both feel respected and meal times are not battlegrounds? Need tips on healthy food choices and how to encourage them? Come join us to explore all these issues and clarify your family's values about food.

March 14, 2017 - Discipline: How to Stay in Control Without Being Controlling
Who is in charge? Or should we ask, "Who is in charge of what?" When children learn how to be their own authority, they also learn when to respect the authority others. Infants, toddlers, school children and teens all need personal authority and parents who can carry authority for them.

April 11, 2017 - Neuro-typical, Neuro-diverse: Understanding Along the Spectrums, Autism, ADD, ADHD, Sensory-Challenged
Genes are what we are handed from our parents, but how our parents help us work with those genes has a great effect on our ability to navigate the world. Learn about the role of development in these spectrums and the things you can do to make a difference.

Our Teachers

Linda Sisson powerparenting
Linda Sisson
Linda Sisson has been fostering children and parents for 30 years, both professionally and personally. She has worked as a parent educator, family counselor, breastfeeding consultant, birth attendant and disability coordinator, working with parents from all walks of life. She is passionate about improving the lives of families, one parent at a time. She is currently the Family Resource Coordinator at the Family Support Center.


Karen Kirsch
Karen Kirsch PowerParenting
Karen Kirsch works with children and families in creative dance and movement play. Karen has a master's degree in Somatic Psychology, is a registered somatic movement therapist, CMA certified movement analyst and CC certified counselor in Washington State. She applies movement and body awareness to help people increase sensory processing and learning. Karen and Linda have co-parented five children, surviving four teenagers at once.

PowerParenting is a wonderful and free parenting program. Are you or your business interested in sponsoring this program? Call our Development Team at (360) 956-0818 x0 or email development(at)hocm.org.

Learn more about our other parenting classes with Candyce Bollinger by clicking here.

Learn more about our Free & Reduced Admission Programs by clicking here.