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Free Parenting Workshops

Pre-registration is required. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

No fee. Free supervised museum play for ages 3-12; Childcare is $10 per child under age 3. (Limited childcare scholarships available.) 

To register, call 360-956-0818 x103. 

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!     

June 12, 2018
Sensory Child: More Than the Five Senses We Learned About in School  
Some children’s behaviors may be contributed to by sensory processing challenges rather than intentional meanness or bad behavior. Learn about our senses and how they are processed in our brain. We will share sensory strategies and ways to help your child when their sensory system is not functioning smoothly.                                                                                                                                                      

July 10, 2018
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 how to respect the authority of others. Infants, toddlers, school children and teens all need personal authority and parents who can carry authority for them.                                  
Aug 14, 2018
Family Communication: How to Communicate Clearly & Effectively
Explore how we are speak and listen to our kids and how our kids are listening and talking to us. Learn simple communication techniques that will enhance the openness and clarity of your family communication. 

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:

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.

In partnership with the Family Support Center. With Support From: