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Even if you’re an experienced parent, you’ll add to your child-rearing toolkit in the free series of Active Parenting classes coached by Tawnee Johnson, Rim Country’s youth and family educator with Arizona Youth Partnership’s Starting Out Right program. Due to COVID-19 social distancing and safety precautions, classes that met in-person a year ago moved online, and a new series begins Wednesday, June 2, continuing at 6 p.m. weekly June 9, 16 and 23. There’s a convenient new signup portal as well at (or just email Tawnee and ask her to send the link). Participants earn more than parental coping skills, they also get free diapers; sometimes a limited number of children’s car seats are also available – or gift cards. Do the classes help? Just ask Caitlin: she participated along with her husband in the debut Active Parenting series in Payson in 2018 — and returned for more the following year. “I am so grateful for Active Parenting: First Five Years. As a first-time parent, these classes have really helped. They are fun, enlightening, and educational. They have provided me with the tools I’ve needed to better myself as a parent. I keep going back to these classes not only because I learn something new every time, but to hear other parents’ experiences and share mine. It really does take a village and this class is my village.”

Join an online class — again, they’re free and online. Signup via the Arizona Youth Partnership website link above or learn more with an email to, call 928-224-8451 or connect on Facebook: Lessons include:

• Discipline methods

• Positive ways to set boundaries

• Balanced parenting style

• Nutrition plays a huge part in your child’s brain development

• Interaction and time spent with your child help with their brain development (be present in their lives)

• Setting up routines with your child helps them feel safe and secure

• Building a bond with your child.

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