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Nine-month-old Mia C. Leyva is entertained in the play area Thursday afternoon at the New Parent Support Office at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Program nurses Karen Holland and Beth Terrasse are offering a parents’ workshop Friday.

Nine-month-old Mia C. Leyva is entertained in the play area Thursday afternoon at the New Parent Support Office at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Program nurses Karen Holland and Beth Terrasse are offering a parents’ workshop Friday. (Cindy G. Alejandrez / U.S. Marine Corps)

Two Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni nurses will hold a workshop Friday on dealing with temper tantrums and other child discipline issues at the New Parent Support Program office.

“1, 2, 3, 4 Parents!” workshop instructors Karen Holland and Beth Terrasse, who work for Marine Corps Community Services, say first-time and single parents especially could use the support.

But “any parents of young children would benefit from this class,” Holland added. “Even with experienced parents, it’s good to learn new techniques and refresh those skills that have worked in the past.”

The primary goals for the workshop, Terrasse said, “are to teach discipline methods and how to create rules and routines to make their life easier as parents. Secondary goals focus on the importance of taking care of yourself and childproofing your home.”

Many new parents don’t make time for themselves, and some feel guilty when they do, she said.

“This is very common with single parents, who are the only caregiver and perhaps have a smaller support system,” said Terrasse. “We’ll discuss the importance and benefits of taking care of yourself, as well as easy, inexpensive and free things to do in Iwakuni.”

If the new workshop is successful, the nurses plan to offer it quarterly.

“Both of us are fairly new to this role and we’re always seeking suggestions for upcoming classes,” Holland said. “What we’re hoping to do is meet the many needs of new parents on the air station.”

Other classes they plan to offer cover childbirth education, toilet training, how to get a baby to sleep through the night and sibling relationships.

Can’t make the workshop? Not to worry: The New Parent Support Program also provides home and hospital visits so parents can discuss issues with a nurse.

If you go

The “1, 2, 3, 4 Parents!” workshop offering discipline methods for 1- to 4-year-olds is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in Building 411, Room 219 in the New Parent Support Program office at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Lunch is provided.

Spaces are limited. To reserve a workshop spot call DSN 253-6553.


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