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Free parenting classes start in January

Parenting children from birth to age 8 can be a stressful time. Families wanting to start the New Year with new parenting strategies can benefit from 'Make Parenting a Pleasure,' a free 11-week course that begins in January.

Topics covered include stress and anger management, family communication skills, child development, discipline and more. Free dinner and childcare will be provided. Priority will be given to Oregon Health Plan members with children under age 9.

The class is offered in English for 11 Tuesdays starting on Jan. 17 at the Wichita Center for Family and Community, 6031 S.E. King Road in Milwaukie. To register, call Laura, 503-789-2152.

The same class is also offered in Spanish for 11 Wednesdays, starting on Jan. 11 at Lewelling Elementary School, 5325 S.E. Logus Road in Milwaukie. To register, call Matilde, 503-329-8735.