Free Parenting Workshops!

PowerParenting is now online! View our upcoming workshops below.

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month

PowerParenting 1PowerParenting is a free parenting class on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 pm, currently on zoom. Email for the link to join the class.

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 ext. 162 for more information. In partnership with South Puget Sound Community College.


August 9, 2022, 6-7:30 pm

No More Yelling

Nobody wants to be the screaming parent yet most of us end up there at one time or another. Come join us to learn how to put more knots into your rope so you’re not hanging on by a thread. We’ll teach alternatives to yelling and help you explore ways to be the effective parent you want to be.

Pre-registration required. Email for the link to join the class.


September 13, 2022, 6-7:30 pm

Bullying and Boundaries

Why does bullying happen? What can we do to prevent our children from being bullied? Do clear boundaries keep you bully proof? We will be exploring these questions and help you develop strategies to keep your kids safe with peers.

Pre-registration required. Email for the link to join the class.


October 11, 2022, 6-7:30 pm

Sensory Child

There are more than the five senses we learned about in school. Some children’s behaviors may be sensory processing challenges rather than intentional meanness or bad behavior. Learn about all our senses and how they are processed in our brain. Share sensory strategies and ways to help your child when their sensory system is not functioning smoothly.

Pre-registration required. Email for the link to join the class.


November 8, 2022, 6-7:30 pm

Emotional Intelligence: Who’s got it, how to develop it and why you want it

Emotional Intelligence is important for good social skills, relationships and self-esteem. Learn what it is and how to foster it in your family and when to bring it to bear on problems. This will be an interactive, participatory and problem solving class.

Pre-registration required. Email for the link to join the class.


December 13, 2022, 6-7:30 pm

Consequences; the myth of being in control

As parents we often feel if we could just find the right consequence, reward or punishment we could regain control and peace in our home. We will discuss effectiveness and pitfalls of consequences and rewards and alternatives that will work for your family.

Pre-registration required. Email for the link to join the class.

Our Teachers

Linda Sisson

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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

PowerParenting 2Karen 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.

Our Partnerships

In partnership with the Family Support Center.

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