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Parenting Classes Clearwater FL

Parenthood can be an overwhelming prospect, and can put you in unfamiliar territory without steady footing. Attending parenting classes is a great, informative way to build your confidence as a parent and meet others with similar concerns or helpful advice. Check below for related information, products and services.

Mr. George Rohrmann
George Rohrmann LCSW
(727) 438-5272
401 Corbett Street Suite 410B
Belleair, FL
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LCSW, Diplomate
Licensed in Florida
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Paulette Massari
Paulette Massari
(727) 244-2880
8225 101 Court N
Largo, FL
Credentials
Credentials: L.C.S.W., C.A.P., S.A.P.
Licensed in Florida
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Dual Diagnosis, Gender Id
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Sally Speer
Sally C Speer, ACSW, LCSW, DCSW
(813) 835-7225
Suite 335 2907 Bay to Bay Blvd
Tampa, FL
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LCSW, DCSW
Licensed in Florida
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mrs. Elaine Kelly
Elaine Kelly's Christian Counseling and Evaluation Services
(813) 961-5473
104 E. Fowler Avenue, Suite 140
Tampa, FL
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Florida
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Psychoses/Major Mental Illness, Spiritual/Religious Concerns
Populations Served
AIDS/HIV+
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Marci Slater
(727) 741-5430
Clearwater, FL
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Charles Smith
CV/Counseling Services Inc.
(727) 608-7286
In Home Counseling Pinellas County In Home Counseling Pinellas County
Largo, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LMHC, CAP, MAC, SAP
Licensed in Florida
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Diso
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Military/Veterans, Disabled, Sensory Impaired (hearing, vision, etc), Caregivers, Gifted, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Susan Haynes
The Children's Home Inc
(813) 901-3401
5520 W. Idlewild Avenue
Tampa, FL
Credentials
Credentials: ACSW, LCSW
Licensed in Florida
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

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Ms. Delene Iacono
Delene Iacono, LCSW, RPT-S
(813) 857-6438
14502 N.Dale Mabry, Ste.331
Tampa, FL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, RPT-S
Licensed in Florida
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Chronic Illness, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Lisa Averoff
(727) 455-9290
Clearwater, FL
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
French, Greek

James Read
(727) 446-2218
Clearwater, FL
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Baby Sign Language, How to Interact with Baby in Sign Language

How to Interact With Your Baby

Do you think that your baby is too young for you to enjoy interacting with him? Think again. There is a lot you can do, using  baby sign language , that will be fun for both of you. Additionally, it will also have a beneficial effect on your baby's development.

  • Talk to your baby. Identify the different sounds and gestures particular to your baby. Try to interpret these gestures to understand what your baby is telling you. You may want to research baby sign language training for you and your baby if you're interested in this mode of communication.

  • Smile and coo at your baby. Your baby will soon learn to smile and coo back at you. This is not just a game-it is a form of baby sign language that will teach your baby about a two-way conversation.

  • While changing, bathing, or feeding, tell the baby what you are doing. This way your baby will learn to associate your speech with the action you are performing.

  • Give your baby different things to hold in his hand, like a rattle, a wad of cotton, a handkerchief, or a piece of paper. Infants enjoy finding out the properties of different objects. For instance, they learn to shake a rattle to produce sound, or crumple a piece of paper and straighten it out again.

  • Encourage your baby to look at you and imitate what you are doing. This is also similar to using baby sign language. Your baby will soon learn to put on a cap, pull off socks,...

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Parenting Styles, Articles on Effective Parenting Style

Choose Your Parenting Style

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Your parenting style is likely to impact the way your child grows up. Being responsive to your children, and at the same time, setting clear rules and limits, is crucial for you as a parent. Based on this, four main styles of parenting have been identified:

  • "Just do it or else" - Some parents adopt a highly authoritarian, dictatorial style. They expect children to obey orders without questioning. Rules are well defined in such households and breaking them usually invites punishment. Such a system is typical of societies where little change is expected and deviance from normal behavior can be costly such as a rural or agrarian society.

  • "A no means a no" - Some parents are firm, assertive, and authoritative without being authoritarian. They set clear rules, and are firm about discipline without using harsh punishment. Children in such homes are expected to be socially responsible.

  • "Do anything you want" - Parents with this style believe in the permissive or indulgent approach. They do not demand responsible behavior and avoid confrontation with their children. Several parents in the 50s and 60s adopted this style.

  • "I don't care what you do" - Few parents remain uninvolved in their children's lives, which in few cases, borders on neglect.

Typically, most parents are variations or combinations of the above four styles.

There is no "right" or "wrong" parenting style though we all have prejudices on what we think works best based on our own experience and values.  Research, however, has shown the effects of various parenting styles on children:

  • Children that have grown up in authoritarian settings, tend to show average performance in school but lack spontaneity, effective social skills, and self-confidence.

  • Childre...

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Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different - Introduction

Top Five Ways in which Dads are Different: Introduction

Dads Are Important for the Integral Development of Kids

Research has revealed that interactions with a father are as important as interactions with a mother in a child's integral development.

A father's influence starts to be important from very early on. One study, conducted in Germany, showed that dads who interacted with their kids in sensitive, supportive, and challenging ways, starting from the age of two, continued to have a good rapport with them through their teen years.

Dad is important to a baby's social development 5, 10, and 20 years down the line. Researchers found that kids less attached to their dads at age 5 were more anxious, withdrawn, and less self-confident at age 9. This resulted in lower acceptance by peers and made them less well adjusted at school.

Another study revealed that kids from families where dads work together with children on household chores, proved to be better adjusted and more socially aware. This provides a win-win situation for dads, moms, and kids. It might interest sex-deprived dads that this same research also found that dads who did more housework fared better in their sex lives with their wives.

How Are Dads Different from Moms?

In our culture, mom is looked upon as the expert in child rearing, because she usually is the one to stay home with the baby and takes a more natural intense interest in the baby due to her specific personal experience. Moms and grandmothers often patronize fathers about their role ("isn't that cute how he tries to change the diaper") or worse, criticize dads outright for their approach to parenting. It's very important for couples working as a team to understand that yet again, Mars and Venus look at their roles as parents differently. One is not better than the other. In fact, research has revealed that kids develop more completely when the parenting styles of dads and moms c...

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