ICC Workshops in April and May Focus on Parenting Today’s Kids


This spring Illinois Central College’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) will host several workshops aimed at providing parents the tools they need to parent children in specific age groups. “Your Parenting Tool Kit” workshops are facilitated by Lisa Gentry, a public school teacher and private practice counselor with more than 20 years of experience working with children and families.

The following workshops are scheduled for April and May with specific age groups in mind:

  • For parents of preteens aged 10 to 12 years: Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • For parents of teens aged 13 to 17 years: Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • For parents of young children (up to age 5): Saturday, May 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 am
  • For parents of children aged 6 to 9 years: Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All classes will be held in Hickory Hall on the ICC North Campus, located at 5407 N. University St., Peoria.

Topics include: how to conduct a family meeting, why children misbehave, effective ways to communicate with your children, effective parenting styles, the difference between discipline and punishment, how to parent during difficult times, and much more.

Cost is $30 per person per session. Registration required and is available by phone at (309) 690-6900 or online at icc.edu/pdi/parenting.