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Due to COVID-19, classes may be meeting online and not at the church. Please register online, so that we can provide you with the most timely information regarding the location of your class.

At Highland Park United Methodist Church we have course offerings to help you with every developmental stage of your child and for your whole family.

 

Spiritual Formation for Moms

Have a child, ages newborn through early elementary? Do you want to join a group of women dedicated to living authentically, studying the Bible, engaging in active dialogue about real life, and having fun? We keep it casual in dress (yoga pants, etc.) and steady in conversation with laughter, reality, and LOVE. You can even try before you buy! Our topic/book hasn't been decided for the fall, but we are happy to have you. This fall (only) we will be asking participants to purchase their own book. We will be meeting via Zoom until the church reopens.

Led by Mallory Fullerton & Cathy Hutton

For more information please email Mallory Fullerton at

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Every Monday, from 09/14/2020 to 11/16/2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Untangled: A Reading Group

This group offers the chance to read and discuss “Untangled,” by Dr. Lisa Damour. This book looks at normal developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including parting with childhood, contending with adult authority, entering the romantic world, and learning self-care. “Untangled” helps parents understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

Tuesdays, September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27, November 10 & 17
Register by Thursday, September 10
Led by Kathleen Fischer

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Cost: $200.00

Every Tuesday, from 09/15/2020 to 11/17/2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Life in the Rock Tumbler: Parenting Middle Schoolers

No one looks back at middle school fondly. It is a time filled with developmental transitions, and changes that leave a kid feeling uncertain and not good enough. As parents, we’d like to be helpful to our children. That begins with gaining perspective on where our kids are developmentally and considering what tools we have to work with. 

Join us as we talk about how middle schoolers build their sense of self, how they make friends (or don’t), and how they see themselves. Learn what parents can do to ease this transition and help them become capable, kind young adults.   

Register by Thursday, September 10

Led by Kathleen Fischer

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Cost: $85.00

Every Tuesday, from 09/15/2020 to 10/06/2020, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM


You, Your Child, and Anxiety

Anxiety is a growing issue among our families, affecting both parents and children. This course focuses on helping parents recognize and understand anxiety in adults and children, and then equipping parents with the tools they need to support both themselves and their children. Join Doug and Michal Anne for this three-night course!

Register by Tuesday, September 22

Led by Michal Anne Whitcomb, MA, LPC, and Doug Dougherty, M.Ed., LPC www.dallascounselinggroup.com

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Cost: $45.00

Every Wednesday, from 09/23/2020 to 10/07/2020, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


First-Time Moms

Have you recently given birth to a baby (within the last year) and want to join a group of women dedicated to engaging in active dialogue about real life, having a baby, joining in the life of the church, and having fun? We keep it casual in dress (yoga pants, etc.) and steady in conversation with laughter, reality, and LOVE. Our last night concludes with dinner for the spouses, moms, and babes. Members and non-members are welcome!

Register by Friday, September 25
Led by Mallory Fullerton

Mallory Fullerton, 214.523.2290,  

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Cost: $20.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Confirmation Center (3rd Floor)

Every Tuesday, from 09/29/2020 to 10/27/2020, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Parenting Without Power Struggles

As parents, we hope that we love and discipline our children in the best ways possible. However, there are challenging days as well. We wonder if we really are giving our children the love and guidance that they need. How do we know when a child’s behavior is just a “phase” or when it needs to be corrected? Is there an appropriate form of discipline for different ages and stages? Well, there is hope! Join us as we discuss how to create an atmosphere in our homes that encourages our children toward obedience while also making our discipline more effective. We’ll also focus on several positive guidance techniques to help handle the daily challenges of child-rearing.  

This class will be helpful for parents who attended the Parent Quarterly and want to know more. 

Led by Dr. Nell Bush, Ph.D., Child Development Specialist

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Cost: $45.00

Every Wednesday, from 10/21/2020 to 11/04/2020, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Parent Quarterly (October 2020)

Parenting Without Power Struggles

How do parents know when a child's behavior is just a "phase" or when it needs to be corrected? Is there an appropriate form of discipline for different ages and stages? Join us as we discuss some positive guidance techniques to help us handle the daily challenges of child-rearing. 

Dr. Nell Bush, Ph.D., Child Development Specialist

Contact: Lucy McDaniel, 214-523-2233,

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Sunday, October 25, 2020, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Simple But Not Easy: Conversations You Would Like to Have with Your Teen

The most important tool we have to help our teens into adulthood is conversations; conversations that help them make sense of the world around them, teach them to clarify their values, empower them to advocate for themselves, and position you as their guide and encourager.

But what can a parent do to remain connected in a helpful way? This class series will explore conversation dynamics, topics, and tips. Learn to understand the developmental changes in teens that influence communication, how to express both anger and apologies, ways to talk thoughtfully about technology and self-management, and how to navigate difficult topics. Learn new ways to do something which is simple but NOT easy: sustain conversations with your teen.

Register by Thursday, October 22
Led by Kathleen Fischer

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Cost: $85.00

Every Tuesday, from 10/27/2020 to 11/17/2020, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM