Goal is to apply proven, practical strategies to real-life situations

BELLINGHAM ­— The Parenting Academy, offering help in developing successful parenting skills, has opened in the historic Crown Plaza building downtown and is now accepting clients.

The goal is to apply positive, practical, research-proven strategies to the unique, real-life situations in families.

The Parenting Academy uses accredited expert parenting coaches who give judgment-free support and work alongside families to provide them the tools needed, according to a press release announcing the opening.

The Parenting Academy is now open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Families can learn more about seminars that will be offered, as well as to set up a free consultation, by visiting www.Parenting-Academy.org or calling the offices at 360-922-3600.

In celebration of its launch, the Parenting Academy is offering 50 percent off all One-on-One Parent Coaching sessions (for a limited time), at $45, down from the normal $90.

“We are so grateful for the generous donations and community support that has brought the Parenting Academy to realization,” said program director Megan Brown Douglas. “We envision a community where asking for help is normal, and having questions and struggles is not a sign of a problem. We aim to partner with parents on their journey and help them establish goals for their children and themselves.”

Services include:

  • One-on-One Parent Coaching. Parents meet with a specialized coach to focus on the goals set for the family and child.
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Hands-on coaching uses a one-way mirror and “bug-in-the-ear” technology to offer in-the-moment guidance.
  • The Incredible Years. This is evidence-based parenting in small groups, in eight two-hour sessions.
  • Parenting Seminars. Weekly sessions cover a variety of topics for parents of children from birth to age 18.

The coaches of the Parenting Academy bring a combined professional experience level of more than 50 years to assist in positive parenting and tackling tricky issues like managing children’s anxiety and teaching responsibility.