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GALION – It is usual for young children to exhibit certain behavioral challenges and for families to seek guidance on addressing those common behaviors. This is especially true as the daily routines for many children may have been interrupted due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the Positive Parenting Program, also known as Triple P, experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital aim to help parents and guardians of children ages 0-8 years old manage specific behaviors with simple, practical strategies that can be adapted to suit a family’s values, beliefs and needs.

For residents of Crawford County, Triple P offers free online parenting support and phone-based services.

Crawford County residents can call Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 614-355-8099 or email TripleP@NationwideChildrens.org if they are interested in learning more or registering for a workshop.

Parents and caregivers have the option of participating in small online group discussions. These two-hour “meet-ups” target a specific topic, such as dealing with disobedience, hassle-free shopping with children, managing anger and developing good bedtime routines.

A multi-week online course is also available that consists of five online group sessions and three one-on-one coaching and practice sessions over the phone. This course option covers:

• The power of positive parenting techniques

• What causes kids’ behavior

• Setting goals for change

• Tips on how to reconnect with your child and build your positive relationship

• Giving directions kids are likely to follow

• Recognizing progress and planning for the future

Using the skills taught in the Triple P program is beneficial to both the child, as well as parents and caregivers. Research shows that children who grow up with positive parenting perform better in school, build friendships and have higher self-esteem. Parents who apply these strategies are often less stressed and depressed and have less conflict with their partners over parenting issues. Learn more at NationwideChildrens.org/TripleP.

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