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Many expecting parents or new parents may feel overwhelmed with their newborns or maybe would like to learn more about nurturing and communicating with their child. Trinity Riverside is offering classes starting this month to help out with just that.

 Trinity Riverside is offering nurturing parenting classes free of charge every Tuesday evening until December. This curriculum is offered throughout locations in North Dakota, and can help parents establish nurturing routines for themselves and their children.

Whether you're a new parent, or you'd just like to be prepared when your little one comes along, Trinity Riverside offers a once a week program to help guide you in the right direction

  "I wish they would have had the class when I was a new mom!" says Robin Pretzer, program coordinator.

 Pretzer says all types of parents can register for the program, with children birth to 12-years-old.

"A lot of the parents sometimes are frustrated and feel overwhelmed, parenting is a full time job," says Pretzer.

The curriculum teaches parents how to identify their small child's feelings, and where they should be during developmental stages.

 "Build relationships with their children, build empathy, learn some different techniques," says Pretzer.

 And discipline is one of the most discussed topics during the program.

 "The Latin definition of discipline says teach and learn, not your traditional everyone thinks of a punishment, so we talk about different forms maybe with older kids you're talking about loss of privileges or grounding, we talk about time outs," says Pretzer.

Pretzer says if you're hesitant about participating, don't be. It's an easy environment to learn.

 "Be open to new ideas if you're open to learning something new. We have a lot of fun, we do it in a format that is easy to learn in, very relaxed and we involve the kids, they're learning about the same types of things in their classrooms that the parents are. So they go home and talk about it at the end of the night and practice it during the week and then we go and share how that week went," says Pretzer.

 The program is 16 weeks long and will be held Tuesdays 5:30 to 8:00 PM and will offer on site child care, snacks, transportation, and separate parent and child sessions.

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