How our fall rec lineup can make you a better parent

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By Virginia Godwin, Assistant Recreation Supervisor/Youth Services

Transitioning from summer to fall is always an adventure.

For parents, it means more routine and less spending on family vacations and kids’ camps.

For youth, it means reuniting with friends and starting a new year of learning.

The Parks and Recreation Department has been working on expanding our programs to offer fun learning outside of the school environment. We’re talking hands-on, engaging classes that encourage developing social skills and learning. It’s like when you sneak veggies into meatloaf — the goal is to provide positive development while your child has fun!

This fall, we’re adding Bricks for Kidz and Drama Kids classes to our fall lineup. You don’t have to be an aspiring chemist to love our science classes, and you don’t have to be the next Leonardo DiCaprio to have a blast with Drama Kids. Classes are for all ages from Pre-K through school age.

Not all our offerings are for kids.

Conscious Discipline is a parental training workshop series that teaches parents and caregivers how to manage the challenges of parenting while developing new skills and experiencing more connected relationships.

I’m a new mom as well as a recreation professional who works with youth, so I know first-hand how easy it is to get frustrated when your kids’ behavior doesn’t meet your expectations. Through the Conscious Discipline series, you’ll learn how to regulate your thoughts and actions when those frustrating behaviors happen. I guarantee you’ll laugh through every class as our incredible instructor navigates the daily mishaps to the frustrating-never-going-to-end breakdowns.

While Conscious Discipline is a great tool to implement at home, CSISD educators also use the tools in their classrooms.

The series has no residence requirements, but all classes require advance registration, which begins Sept. 6. Visit or stop by the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Rd., from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For more information, view the Fall Parks Guide at


13062486_10205970830219402_6104763740309753222_nAbout the Author

Virginia Godwin is in her third year as assistant recreation supervisor/youth services. A College Station native, she previously served as staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


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