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.

Finding Balance in Your Daily Lives with Family

This class is taught by Vicki Smolke, and is for parents with children under age 5. It will meet online on Zoom for six Tuesday evenings. February 15 – March 22, 7 – 9 pm. Cost $55 per person.

Yes, life is busy and can be complicated at times with young children. Working towards a healthy balance of family, work, self-care and other responsibilities will help you develop and maintain a vision of the parent you want to be. This course will include weekly topics that will help you explore what you are striving for and cultivate strategies to support and navigate your parenting journey. The resources will be of value to all parents of children under age five, with an emphasis on families with infants and toddlers.

This is the list of subjects we will discuss together:

  • Respectful and Reciprocal Relationships
  • Transition to Being A Parent/Childcare
  • Developing a Vision for Your Family/ Growing Alongside Your Children
  • Stress Awareness and Reduction/Juggling Competing Needs
  • Finding a Goodness of Fit/Simplicity Parenting

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

If you have questions about the class, contact Vicki.

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 Wednesday evenings. February 2 – March 2, 2022 from 7:30-9:00 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.

How to Register

  1. Email the instructor to let them know you would like to join the class and to get a permission code to enroll. (Email Vicki for Finding Balance or Kristin for Positive Discipline). AND
  2. Enroll with the college: If you are already enrolled in a Bellevue College class this quarter, you can follow these instructions. If you are not currently enrolled, follow the instructions on our Registration page.

Schedule for 2021 –  2022

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Class Item#AgeDay & TimeContactAvailability
Finding BalanceSpecial Topics In Parent Education
E-LEC (35047)
with children age birth to 5
Tuesdays 7-9p
February 15 to March 22
Vicki SmolkeOpen
Positive DisciplineSpecial Topics In Parent Education
D-LEC (30785) [7096]
with children age 1-12.
Wednesdays 7:30-9p
February 2 - March 2
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 January 18, 2022