NORMAN — Through his program, “Parenting with Love and Logic,” David Wilson hopes to teach parents how to let their children fail successfully and motivate their children to think about their own behavior and consequences.
Wilson, a Jackson Elementary School counselor, will teach “Parenting with Love and Logic” at First Presbyterian Church, 555 S. University Blvd. until Dec. 15. Classes will be taught from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday to church members and any community members who would like to learn about the parenting philosophy.
The program is free to all participants, and parents are encouraged to jump into the class at any time. Wilson said because of the nature of the course and multiple classes, parents can still benefit, even if they are not able to attend every session.
“Parenting with Love and Logic” will focus on providing parental examples and discussing childhood experiences and empathy. Each session will begin with parent questions and feedback, followed with video vignettes, a lecture and a discussion.
“Although this style of parenting encourages empathy, it is not permissive. By allowing the child to make choices, parents set boundaries, and through that, the parent helps the child become a problem-solver who thinks about his (or her) behavior,” Wilson said.
“Parenting with Love and Logic” was developed by Foster Cline and Jim Fay in 1977 and has been popular in the Norman area since the ’90s, Wilson said. The program’s philosophy can be applied to children of all ages. Wilson described the classes as teaching parents to help their children own their own problems.
“Parents learn how to give children a task that they know they can handle and provide them empathy, while allowing the consequences to teach the child responsibility,” Wilson said. “In fact, we hope the child blows it when we give them a task.”