By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff
learned new techniques to help build their family and, subsequently,
to help build the Fort McCoy community during a seminar at Fort McCoy
The seminar, "Raising Children With Love and Logic,"
was co-hosted by Fort McCoy's Army Community Service (ACS) and
Religious Support Office (RSO).
Paul Gasser (standing) makes a
point at the Love and Logic class held at
to help parents raise children. (Photo
by Sgt. 1st Class Rickey Wallace)
Chap. (Col.) Alan J. Johnson, RSO Site Support chaplain, said
he hoped the program would be the first in a series of joint
presentations to help involve people in building a sense of community
at Fort McCoy.
"The co-hosting went very well," Johnson said. "ACS
has a very similar goal to us in that it is reaching out to the Fort
McCoy community, Army and Army families. We're hoping to partner other
things with ACS. (Our regulations) allow us to fund certain things,
and them to fund certain things. They also have excellent channels for
publicity so that was a big part in making the program
More than 35 personnel attended the event, Johnson said.
The training was based on a national program that helps put the
fun back into parenting, he said. It's a common-sense and logical
approach to child rearing by using good discipline techniques.
Paul Gasser, a social worker, facilitates the training. Johnson
said Gasser was chosen for this course because he has a practice in
the area and has a good reputation in the field of family and
"The purpose (of the program) is to have parents give
children room to make developmentally appropriate decisions," he
said. "If they make a good decision, they see a good result. If
they make a bad decision, they see a bad result. The point is for
parents not to rush in and rescue their children from making a bad
decision within reasonable limits."
Becky Wapp Sawyer, ACS director, said the program fits in with
the Army's goal to support families, acknowledging that parenting can,
at times, be confusing and stressful.
"We are fortunate to have access to excellent education
and support systems within our communities," she said.
Sgt. Richard Meyer, an attendee from the 1st Battalion, 426th
Regiment said he attended the seminar because it sounded like
something good to help him raise his children.
"I have a better understanding of how not to have to say
something more than once," Meyer said. "The children will
take it seriously and listen the first time."
All of the information seemed good, and Meyer said he plans to
try some of the strategies at home.
Michelle Allen, a military spouse, attended with her eldest
"It provided food for thought and areas for me to work on
as a parent," Allen said. "It also provided food for thought
(for the child) that parents are not always talking off the
Allen said she hopes other personnel will attend the course
because it can assist them with parenting skills.
Karen Kearns, a military spouse, said she had read and was
familiar with several books in the Love and Logic series, and they
were great in helping to make a happier home with children.
"This gave a lot of reinforcement of those topics,"
Kearns said. "This offered problem-solving and how to get
children to think for themselves."
Joe Richard of the Documentation Automation and Production
Service said he and his wife attended because they are raising their
"Things are a lot different than when we were raising our
children," Richard said. "This will help us stay ahead of
Both he and his wife enjoyed the training, and said they hoped
it would be done more often, the session would be longer or a
follow-up session would be provided.
Johnson said the RSO hopes to hold seminars like this at least
Having a successful seminar also should help spread the word
for the next event, he said.
The RSO has literature available from the program. For more
information, call the RSO at (608) 388-3825.
For more information about ACS programs, call (608) 388-3505 or
visit the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
and click on Army Community Service or ACS School House.