Parent Resources and Classes

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Parenting Classes

Rethinking Dadhood

Wednesday, February 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM with Patrick Duganz,
Father Engagement Specialist at Gallatin City-County Health Department

The world of 2019 is much different than the 1950’s when the average dad spent about three hours taking care of kids per
 week. Now men are expected to work, take up half of the household duties, and be present and attentive caregivers for children as much as possible. That’s a huge shift in just a few generations, and one that’s still taking place. Whether it’s rethinking masculinity,
 or a new era of hashtags, men are being asked to change. So let’s have a frank discussion on what that means for the most important role many men will undertake in their lives: being a dad. In “Rethinking Dadhood” we will talk about emotions, toughness, crying,
 and being the solid rock for kids.
The information shared in the class will be primarily about children aged 0-5.

Patrick Duganz works as a Father Engagement Specialist with the Gallatin City-County Health Department, helping men in
 the community grow in their roles as parents. When not teaching dads, he can  be found with his wife and son, and a misbehaving dog. 

Parenting in a Brave New World with Renee McLendon MA, LMFT, RPT

Wednesday, March 4th, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Do you have a teen in your life?  Would you like help navigating this journey?  Raising adolescents is an exciting and challenging time and you are not alone. 

Join Renne McLendon for this two-hour presentation where parents and caregivers will explore adolescent brain development as well as practice hands-on activities focused on how to practically communicate with teens while building empathy and improving communication skills. Renee will also touch on ways to unravel the strengths in teens through play and memory building as well as touching on current issues facing teens and families today.

These free programs are open to parents, caregivers, and grandparents. Thanks to the Friends of the Library and to the Library Foundation for supporting our monthly parenting programs.

Countdown to Kindergarten

The Children's Room focuses on early learning skills to help prepare children for the transition to kindergarten from March to August each year.  See our Countdown to Kindergarten page for more details and registration information for our summer Kinder Camp.

Media Guidelines

Media is fun and kids enjoy it. Adults do, too. But there is so much out there it's hard to keep track of and know what to do. The Library has a printable handout with general guidelines for children. Additionally, there are a couple of websites worth looking at that specifically review books, movies, and websites. Take a look at some of the links below.

Common Sense Media for help in what movies are best for your child

Parents' Choice to find award-winning books, games, and media

Great Websites for Kids has a curated lists of websites for kids by category.  This site is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children.