Two year old Spencer is absolutely adorable. But his mother, Danielle Klaus, says he's going through the terrible twos. So, in order to prevent meltdowns, Klaus signed up for the Incredible Years parenting class.
"He loses his temper and decides to throw toys. So, we've been working on sitting down and taking our time and doing it differently as far as how we talk to him," said Klaus.
The free course is twelve weeks long. The goal is to help families foster the social, emotional, and academic skills of their toddlers in order to reduce behavior problems such as temper tantrums.
"You can teach them how to get through that by coaching them through that and saying, 'let's put this down and work on something else.' So, you're just kind of coaching the emotions as the child is going through them so that they're not only learning a vocabulary for emotions, but they're learning how to handle those correctly," said Erin Koenig, student services coordinator, Marimor.
Organizers say the skills learned in the class will be useful even as the two, three, and four year old turn into teenagers.
"You're just laying the groundwork for good parenting and a good relationship for your child," said Barb Blass, assistant principal, Marimor.
Teachers say that in addition to the lessons, participants are building a network of support with other parents in the class.
Several area agencies are hosting the classes. For more information on the class and to register for a future session contact Barb Blass at 419-221-1262.