A letter from your child

parenting classes

"-My hands are small; please don't expect perfection whenever I make my bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so I can keep up with you.

-My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely. Don't restrict me unnecessarily. 

-Housework will always be there. I'm only little for a short time-please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

-My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs. Don't nag me all day long...treat me as you like to be treated.

-I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

-I need your encouragement to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

-Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I'll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

-Please don't do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn't quite measure up to your expectations. I know it's hard, but please don't try to compare me with my brother or sister.

-Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents just like parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special."

-Excerpt from Chuck Swindoll's "Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life"

Placer County

Destiny Community Center

Love & Logic Parenting, Cooperative Parenting & Divorce, Building Hope (raising kids with mental, health, and/or behavioral challenges)



KidsFirst-Counseling & Family Resource Center

Incredible Years, Active Parenting Now, Forever Fathers, Cooperative Parenting & Divorce Classes

Roseville / Auburn


Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center

Love & Logic Parenting, Cooperative Parenting & Divorce Classes



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sacramento County

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

Free classes on nurturing parenting, budgeting, health, nutrition, stress management, and more.



Love & Logic Parenting

Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!, Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, 9 Essential Skills for the Love & Logic Classroom

Sacramento, Roseville


Family Resource Centers - Sac County

Free parenting courses through First 5 Sacramento

Sacramento, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova


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Parenting books

Danny Silk (2009)

Most parenting approaches train children to learn to accept being controlled by well-meaning parents and adults. This book will teach parents to train their children to manage their freedoms and protect their important heart to heart relationships. Loving Our Kids on Purpose brings the principles of the Kingdom of God and revival into our strategy as parents.

Tedd Tripp (2011)

Shepherding a Child's Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. Your child’s words and actions flow from their heart. Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life.

Daniel Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson (2011)

The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

James Dobson (2014)

Is a willful little darling driving you to distraction? The New Strong-Willed Child is the resource you need—a classic bestseller completely rewritten, updated, and expanded for a new generation of parents and teachers. Challenging as they are to raise, strong-willed children can grow up to be men and women of strong character—if lovingly guided with understanding and the right kind of discipline.

Milan & Kay Yerkovich (2011)

How We Love Our Kids offers a unique approach, to help you as a parent transform your kids by making specific changes in how you love. Identify which of the five love styles of parenting you have, get rid of your “buttons” so your kids can’t push them, create a close connection with your kids, and learn the seven gifts every child needs.

Mary Ruth Swope (2009)

In this practical and inspiring book, well-known nutritionist, teacher, speaker, and author Mary Ruth Swope provides detailed instructions on how to minister powerful blessings from God to our children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. 

Damsel in Defense

Coupled with the Proactive Parent Guide, the SAFE Hearts series of storybooks and educational materials will give you the opportunity to have the essential kid-versations with your children that count before they are counted among the statistics.

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