Parent University


Empowering Positive Parenting


Lee’s Summit CARES has partnered with ReDiscover for 18 years to provide sound parenting resources at an affordable cost. Workshops are designed to help with parenting children ages birth to adult and are facilitated by experts on a variety of topics. In addition, Lee's Summit CARES offers the popular Becoming a Love and Logic Parent classes developed by the Cline Fay Institute.

Parenting is Hard!

Could You Use Some Love and Logic®?


Do you find parenting to be the most challenging yet rewarding responsibility? Could you use some help to establish a positive discipline foundation in your home? Lee's Summit CARES offers the popular Becoming a Love and Logic Parent classes developed by the Cline Fay Institute.

Love and Logic ® Classes

Cost: $50, Scholarships Available


Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!

For parents of children ages 0-6

Additional classes coming this fall

Raising children from birth to adulthood is a remarkable undertaking, especially considering that infants do not come with operating instructions. In this class designed specifically for parents of young children (birth - 6 years), learn effective ways to establish a positive discipline foundation in your home. Common behavior issues will be addressed such as - arguing and whining, bedtime, picky eater and getting your child to listen the first time.

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Parenting the
Love and Logic Way

For parents of any age children

Mondays, April 2 - April 30
6:30pm - 8pm
Prairie View Elementary School

Do you find parenting to be the most challenging yet rewarding responsibility? Could you use some fresh ideas to put an end to arguing, whining and backtalk? Would you like your kids to listen the first time? Be more responsible? You're not alone! Whether things are going well or you could use some help, join us to learn more practical and proven strategies for raising kids that are respectful, responsible and fun to be around.

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Parenting the
Love and Logic Way

For parents of children ages 10-19

Additional classes coming this fall

When parenting youth, the focus is often on the early years. However, as youth transition through adolescence to adulthood, their parental needs change. Wise parents learn how to adapt their parenting approach to guide their teens toward a successful future. Join us and learn effective ways to communicate with your teen, set limits you can enforce, increase school motivation and much more!

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Parent University Workshops

Scholarships Available


Mindful Parenting
  • Cost: FREE for a limited time

Mindful Parenting 101

Online Streaming Class

Parenting is the most rewarding job we will ever have, but it's also the hardest. The ability to BE PRESENT is difficult, but with a little understanding and easy practices, it’s possible! Learn the basics about mindfulness and how it relates to parenting, the incredible benefits associated, and take away a simple mindful practice you can begin implementing today!

Brought to you in partnership with Mindful Momentum.

Technology and Children
  • Cost: $10 per person

Technology: Your Children, Their Safety

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Westview Elementary

In this rapidly changing world, our children are now spending on average six to eight hours in front of an electronic screen. In this workshop we will discuss the risks and challenges our children face in the plugged-in, technologically evolving world. We will discuss strategies and tools to help us know how to keep our children progressing along a safe and healthy developmental path.

Presenter: Dr. Gary Boxer, a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Brought to you in partnership with Truman Medical Center Lakewood Counseling.

Stress Management
  • Cost: $10 per person

Stress Management for Busy Families

Monday, March 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Prairie View Elementary

Families today are on the go, moving from one activity to the next. For many parents, planning the family schedule is much like completing a Suduko puzzle. The parent work schedule, youth activities, homework, food preparation and other commitments are pushing many parents to their stress threshold. Join us and learn how stress is impacting you and your family and steps you can take to reduce the stress in your life.

Youth Mental Wellness
  • Cost: FREE

Parent's Guide to Youth Mental Wellness and Resilience

Tuesday, April 3, 6:30pm - 8pm
Lee's Summit North High School

This workshop will review key topics related to youth mental wellness, including warning signs and symptoms for parents to watch out for. Receive information regarding what happens in the brain when young people become overwhelmed by strong emotions and leave with tools to help them recognize and manage these emotions. Finally, attendees will learn ways to develop resilience within their children.This event includes a resource fair.

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Osborn, a psychologist specializing in providing therapy to youth and families. Brought to you in partnership with the Greater Lee's Summit Healthcare Foundation.



Scholarships are available for families that meet certain criteria.

Lunch and Learn


Host a Parent University Workshop at your place of business or for your organization.

A Parent University Special Presentation

Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention:
A Community Conversation


Recorded November 11, 2017
A panel discussion by mental health professionals and suicide prevention advocates, including:

  • Drs. Steven and Karen Arkin, St. Luke's Hospital
  • Terry Trafton, CommCare
  • Marsha Palmer-Thelwell, ReDiscover
  • Chief Travis Forbes, Lee's Summit Police Department
  • Dr. Edwin Kraemer, Truman Medical Center - Lakewood