Parenting course offers strategies for disciplining children

4 years 3 months 1 week ago Tuesday, September 01 2015 Sep 1, 2015 Tuesday, September 01, 2015 4:20:00 PM CDT September 01, 2015 in News
By: Andria Kirkland, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Two mid-Missouri couples have been arrested on suspicion of child abuse within the last 24 hours. The arrests prompted community resources to remind parents of parenting support resources.

Carthage police arrested a couple Monday in connection to the death of a 2-year-old girl. Chief Greg Dagnan said the child was found unresponsive in the home.

Tuesday, a Jefferson City couple was also held at the Cole County Jail on charges of child abuse. According to the News Tribune, officers from the Jefferson City Police Department witnessed Luther Thomas, 28, and Dmitra Price, 24 use excessive force on a 5-year-old girl. Police said Price grabbed the child by the hair and threw her to the ground. Police were first called to the home on East Atchison street when there were reports of hearing a "smacking" noise similar to that of a belt.

Missouri statute defines abuse as "any physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a child, other than by accidental means, by those responsible for the child's care, custody, and control, except that discipline including spanking, administered in a reasonable manner, shall not be construed to be abuse."

Kathy Dothage of MU extension teaches a course on parenting and said the specific purpose of her class is to inform parents on the basic practices of discipline.

"Discipline is guiding. We eventually want that to be self discipline and it helps the child move," Dothage said.

She said the course tells encourages parents to tell a child what he or she is doing wrong and what the parents want them to do and why.

"With punishment, the tendency is 'you're bad, stop that.' I think the line between punishment and abuse is a wavier line than between discipline and abuse."

While some parents are losing custody of their children from instances of child abuse, the parents in Dothage's class are tying their best to prove they are positive parents.

Matthew Grossheim said he was left without permission to take custody of his children after their mother lost custody, because his name was not on the birth certificate.

"It's been about three months, but my parents have temporary custody, so at least I know they are in a safe place and taken care of," Grossheim said.

He said the class is the first step to proving he is a fit parent in order to be reunited with his 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.

"It's the most important thing to me. I've loved being a father since the moment my daughter was born," Grossheim said. "I just want to be the best father I can be for my children."

Dothage said the class participants will take an assessment to rank their parenting strategies, and, as a group, they will discuss what methods can be best used to help, and not hinder, the development and growth of their children.

 

More News

Grid
List
To report a school closing or other event cancellation, please click here . This page was last updated on Sunday,... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, December 15 2019 Dec 15, 2019 Sunday, December 15, 2019 5:24:00 PM CST December 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri Symphony and Shelter Insurance hosted their 49th annual "Symphony of Toys" performance at the Missouri Theatre... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, December 15 2019 Dec 15, 2019 Sunday, December 15, 2019 4:00:00 PM CST December 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A Missouri agency is asking the state for more funding to combat Legionnaires’ disease. The severe form... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, December 15 2019 Dec 15, 2019 Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:42:43 PM CST December 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers responded to 138 calls for service through 2 p.m. Sunday, and one person... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, December 15 2019 Dec 15, 2019 Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:07:00 PM CST December 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — A judge committed a Randolph County man to the Department of Mental Health after a jury found him... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, December 15 2019 Dec 15, 2019 Sunday, December 15, 2019 2:30:00 PM CST December 15, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A water main break Sunday morning froze over the road, causing a traffic hazard in Boone County.... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, December 15 2019 Dec 15, 2019 Sunday, December 15, 2019 9:14:00 AM CST December 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia Public Works plans to have a 24-person crew begin monitoring road conditions and treating... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 7:48:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Police are investigating after an ATM was stolen from the Great Southern Bank on 3200 South Providence Saturday... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 5:22:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A winter storm is bringing snow and ice accumulation to Missouri followed by frigid temperatures. This post will... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 4:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in Weather
COOPER COUNTY, BLACKWATER — A small community in Mid-Missouri is attempting to spread holiday cheer within a few miles of... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:30:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - With temperatures around 30 degrees on Saturday, the cold weather did not stop Holts Summit residents from... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:47:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Department of Transportation crews are preparing for an expected winter storm this weekend. In a press... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:34:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — St. Louis officials have voted to ban local veterinarians from declawing cats. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:21:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Chatbots could soon be answering more questions from Missourians about their taxes or welfare. The St. Louis... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 2:15:00 PM CST December 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Two people were injured Friday night after an assault and shots fired incident in north Columbia, according to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 14 2019 Dec 14, 2019 Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:14:00 AM CST December 14, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Boone County Sheriff's Department completed a week-long training program on Friday, cumulating with a role-playing exercise to... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 5:05:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department has a new chief. City Manager John Glascock says Andy Woody will be taking... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:50:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Former Missouri football coach Barry Odom is heading to Arkansas. New Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman confirmed... More >>
2 days ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:19:00 PM CST December 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 26°
7pm 28°
8pm 28°
9pm 28°
10pm 27°