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'Raising Children with Love & Logic' class helps build stronger families

By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff

       Parents learned new techniques to help build their family and, subsequently, to help build the Fort McCoy community during a seminar at Fort McCoy Oct. 13.

      The seminar, "Raising Children With Love and Logic," was co-hosted by Fort McCoy's Army Community Service (ACS) and Religious Support Office (RSO).

Photo: Paul Gasser (standing) makes a point at the Love and Logic class held at Fort McCoy to help parents raise children. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Rickey Wallace)
Paul Gasser (standing) makes a point at the Love and Logic class held at Fort McCoy 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 successful."

      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 children.

      "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 child.

      "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 cuff."

      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 granddaughter.

      "Things are a lot different than when we were raising our children," Richard said. "This will help us stay ahead of the children."

      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 twice yearly.

      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.

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