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.


February 14, 2023, 6-7:30 pm

Soothing Sibling Rivalry: Fairness and Needs

Parenting is one of the toughest jobs we will ever do and the difficulty doubles with each child you add! Children gain knowledge and empathy by having a sibling in their life. However, that learning can be painful, especially for parents who have to listen to the squabbles. We’ll uncover some of the real issues between siblings and discuss strategies and successes.

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


March 14, 2023, 6-7:30 pm

Fostering resilience and confidence in your kids.

Life can take its toll and resilience is our ability to bounce back. Resilience helps us recover and thrive in the aftermath of trauma, disappointment and grief no matter how large or small. It is fostered in many small ways including by paying attention to our emotional and body responses, to develop a kind of nervous system literacy. Learn about resiliency and its interpersonal impact on your family and ways to increase your resilience.

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


April 11, 2023, 6-7:30 pm

From Helicopter to Free Range

How do we decide what kind of parent we want to be? We want our kids to expand their universe, find their wings and fly! But we don’t want them to crash and burn! Come join us to work on finding the right balance for you and your children.

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


May 9, 2023, 6-7:30 pm

Parenting Trauma and Resilience

What is trauma? Can we trauma proof our kids? How does trauma from the past affect our family now? Learn about parenting through the big and little traumas and how to foster resilience to help keep your family safe and sane.

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


June 13, 2023, 6-7:30 pm

Respect, Reciprocity and Repair: building empathy in the whole family.

Mutual respect is the foundation that develops in a healthy dynamic family. Explore tips for expanding and using respect to create strong empathetic children and learn how to apply the ideas of reciprocity and repair. A family that can repair after hurts or mistakes is one that builds respect.

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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