Parent Only Classes

For parents and other adult caregivers

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The BC program has long been known for its engaging parent-child classes. However, for parents looking to learn new parenting skills in an adult only setting, we also offer a few parent-only classes.

Positive Discipline

This class is taught by Kristin Nasman, MEd, and is for parents with children age 1 to 12. It will meet online on Zoom for five Tuesday evenings. January 10-February 28 from 7:00-9 p.m. Cost: College tuition is $18.41 per student. Course materials are $65 per family.

Sometimes parenting feels like the best job in the world.  Sometimes a single day can feel like a hundred years.  You may recognize some of these common questions:

  • Is there any way to stop sibling fighting?
  • How can I help her learn to make friends?
  • Is this normal??
  • She just doesn’t listen – help!
  • How much do I let them negotiate?  When is it too much?

Our 5-week Positive Discipline course is for parents of children ages 1 through 12. (This is an adult-only class. Children do not attend.) Positive Discipline is a decades-old, research-based parenting program. It teaches that children are hard-wired to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave.

In this course, you will deepen your understanding of your child’s behavior. You will learn  parenting principles to guide you for the journey ahead along with practical tools and tips that can be implemented immediately. You’ll practice new ways to teach, support, and guide your child while setting limits with kindness and firmness. This course is fun and interactive!

If you have any questions, contact Kristin.

ESL for Parents (beginning Spring Quarter 2023)

This class is taught by Louise Sneath, and is designed for parents who speak a home language other than English.  We will meet on Monday evenings, during the Spring quarter from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  College tuition is $18.41 per student.  Course materials will be determined.

Parents with a first language other than English often face obstacles in being involved with their child’s educational and health needs. An ESL class with a parenting focus would enable these students to learn and improve their English so that they can communicate with a teacher or HCP without the need of an interpreter. It is often the informal check-in with the teacher that enables simple changes to occur immediately, and early intervention for health care needs is usually more effective and less invasive.

Furthermore, children whose parents are involved in their education are able to participate more in all aspects of school and have better health and educational outcomes in the long term. Lastly, ESL parents are often away from their wider community and family; this course would help to overcome the barriers that prevent our ESL parents from benefiting from parent education.

This innovative course would serve the needs of the increasingly diverse community within which Bellevue College is situated and would seek to re-distribute power back to the parents. It would strengthen the existing collaboration between Bellevue College and the Bellevue School District and start to develop the potential of both the students and their children.

Students completing this course would be able to participate in further ESL / ABE classes or move into the IBEST program.

This is an adult-only class. Children do not attend.

If you have questions about the class, contact Louise.

How to Register

  1. Email the instructor to let them know you would like to join the class. (Email Louise for ESL for Parents or Kristin for Positive Discipline). AND
  2. Enroll with the college: follow the instructions on our Registration page. If you were enrolled in Bellevue College in 2021-22, you can start with step 3.

Schedule for 2022 –  2023

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Class Item#AgeDay & TimeContactAvailability
Positive DisciplineSpecial Topics In Parent Education 65
D-LEC (Winter 7985)
with children age 1-12.
1/10/23-2/28/23 T 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.Kristin NasmanOpen

What Parents Say About This Class

I feel like I’m less reactive and more patient now, with my kids and with myself. This work has helped me feel connected to my children again.

Great conversations with other parents experiencing the same struggles. Wonderful ideas that I was able to use right away.

Last Updated November 3, 2022