Palo Alto police to begin parenting program


A program designed to give parents skills in dealing with teens with significant behavior problems will be offered by the Palo Alto Police Department.

The program is aimed at parents whose children are "strong-willed or out-of-control adolescents," said Police Agent Donna Arndt, one of the two officers who will facilitate the 13-week class for parents.

The class begins Sept. 20 and costs $59 for residents plus $35 for materials. It costs $68 for non-residents.

The program is from the Nevada-based group the Parent Project, which is the largest court-mandated diversion program in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

Arndt and Officer Melda Christmas have been trained as facilitators to teach the program. "It's more hands-on than psychological," Arndt said, giving parents strategies to deal with the most destructive adolescent behaviors, including alcohol and drug use and delinquency.

Classes will be at the Cubberley Community Center and registration forms are available at Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information is also available at .

-- Don Kazak


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2007 at 5:42 pm

I am not against these classes, but I am concerned as to why it is the police who are doing this. I realise that the better educated the parents, the easier the police may find their job. I just wonder if the police are the right people to do it. If this is above board and police are being trained to teach parents, isn't this something outside of their job description?

This causes me to ask if certain parents of certain delinquents are being made to do the classes as part of some plea bargain?

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Posted by Big Al
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Hey, I was raised by a cop,
cause my old man was one,
and look at me,
I toined out pretty okay
and I don't know bout youse,
but I thinks this a good idea!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 11, 2007 at 9:28 am

Great idea! And a novel way to bring law enforcement into a place where they can effect prevention. Makes sense.

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Posted by David Taylor
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 23, 2007 at 4:11 am

Police teach parenting of teens: "more hands-on than psychological".

Yes, we understand.

Will the class supply the Tasers, or must we bring our own?

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