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New class aims to ease parenting stress

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - There is no guidebook to parenting, but one local event is hoping to help parents gain extra tools in raising their child.

The First Union Congregation Church in Quincy will be hosting the first annual parenting conference Friday and Saturday.  The event is to help give support and answer questions parents may have about different topics such as social media. Adair Spencer is a mother of five with two adopted children and one foster child. She says that meeting with other parents will be helpful to see what else she can do as a parent.

"Well I think everybody could always use a boost in parenting," Spencer said. "Getting to a community of parents in the same room, we are going to have a chance to talk in between session. Maybe network with new people and learn some new skills and techniques."

Spencer says that you can't stop learning as a parent as everyday faces a new challenge.

Advocacy Network is helping put on the event. Executive Director Clairice Hetzler says that she thinks helping out the parents may in turn help out the children within the community.

"We've been doing a little more prevention, because we would love to not have all these kids coming in," Clairice said. "I think it's an ongoing struggle, but wouldn't it be great if we paid more attention to our prevention than we do our intervention because we didn't have the need."

Clairice says that giving parents a support system and helping them with concerns they have may in turn help out the community and the environment children are raised in. She says this is an event to help parents gain extra tools for situations that may come up down the road.

Senior Pastor Chuck Hetzler says that the community thrives on families.

"The family is really the core of society and if we have strong families, then we are raising strong kids and we're raising a strong next generation," Chuck said. "The mom and dad need to flourish as well in a family. So often moms and dads feel drained because sometimes with their kids and in the family because it's so hard. You know their kids aren't doing what they want them to do or they feel like they are arguing all the time or whatever it might be. We want families to be strong because strong families create strong communities."

The event is Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person or $25 for a couple. There are vouchers for families who need it.  Activities are in place for children at the event. You can sign up by  heading over to the registration site or call Clairice Hetzler at 217-257-8262 or call the First Union Congregational Church at 217-222-3346.
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