YES Launches New Parenting Classes in Kirkland


Positive discipline approach is taught through a series of classes


Youth Eastside Services (YES) has launched their first series of parenting classes in response to parent demand.  The classes, based on the positive discipline approach recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, will help parents create and sustain positive relationships with their children.


Several class times and locations are available, including several at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland between February and June.  Each is targeted to parents of children within specific age groups and provides practical ways to defuse power struggles, practice mutual respect, use encouragement, communicate more clearly and other key strategies. Classes will be taught by Jennifer Watanabe, certified parent coach, who joined YES in July.


"The community told us they wanted more parent information and we have responded," said YES Executive Director Patti Skelton-McGougan. "We are pleased to launch with this valuable series and we will be looking for additional parent input on other classes for the future," she added.


Schools and community groups can also contact Watanabe to request presentations at their school, church or group meetings. For more information register, visit and click on Parent Classes under Classes and Events tab, or call (425) 747-4937.