Love and Logic series to return to Hillman schools in February

ALPENA –The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Education Service District Great Start Collaborative nears the end of its third annual Love and Logic four-week series in Alpena and will begin in Montmorency at Hillman Elementary School in early February.

The free program aims to teach parents different techniques to obtain obedience in children. There also are child care and dinner during the weekly meetings.

“One thing that the Great Start Collaboration does is offer early childhood programming,” Angie Bruning, Great Start Collaborative coordinator and independent Love and Logic facilitator, said. “The Love and Logic workshop is one option we offer for that kind of programming. Anything that we can do to help parents support their children, to support emotional development.”

The Colorado-based program has been used nationally since 1977 and welcomes all parents.

“Love and logic is all about helping parents to stay calm,” she said. “How to help our kids cooperate using really simple and specific language … When kids whine or argue, simply repeating a one liner such as ‘I know’ and saying it over and over in an emphatic way has proven effective.”

Bruning said parents reported that calm persistence works after concerns of uncooperative behavior worried parents before the program began.

“As a parent that took Love and Logic when my kids were younger, remaining involved now it’s still beneficial,” she said. “There are just really simple techniques, it gives you the words to say that help our kids to follow directions and cooperate in a really easy way.”

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