From pre-school to college, classes are starting up all over, and Pregnancy Aid Clinic is no different. Our fall parenting classes are about to begin. And we’re growing! Beginning in September we will be offering pre-birth classes, post-delivery classes, and classes just for dads. Our clients who bonded during summer classes are looking forward to seeing each other and their class leaders again. Our clients who have not yet been to parenting classes are signing up online. Classes are filling up. So what do parenting classes offer? Here’s a sampling:
- Car Seat Safety
- The Dad Difference
- Emotionally Healthy Children
- Feeding & Breastfeeding
- Goal Setting
- Healthy Relationships
- Labor & Delivery
- Newborn Care
- Parental Rights & Adoption
- Discipline Strategies
As a person who spent about 30 years in education, I am so heartened when I see people come tentatively into the first class (much like the awkward first day of school so many of us have experienced) and grow in knowledge and confidence as the weeks go by.
Our clients/students have experiences to share, which enrich us all in discussions and enable them to support one another. They connect and help each other build stronger families, not only in class, but also beyond our walls. The ripple effect is one of those intangibles we can’t really measure, but often we get a glimpse of when we see clients exchanging phone numbers, hear from a client that she learned of us from someone who was our client in the past, and see our students welcoming each other back to class with a big hug...and so we begin again.
Carroll is the newly employed Director of Education at the Pregnancy Aid Clinic but not new to the clinic. She has been a volunteer since the summer of 2011, primarily facilitating parenting classes. In her past she has worked with all ages of students from pre-school through adults in graduate level courses. In the last 17 years prior to “retirement,” she had been teaching high school gifted students. Carroll and her husband of 44 years, Tom, are currently parishioners at The Cathedral of Christ the King where she was Religious Education Coordinator for 5 years.
Carroll and Tom have 2 children, 2 grandchildren and another on the way!