Raising a Thinking Child

Raising A Thinking Child  (RTC) is an evidence-based parenting program for parents and caregivers of children 4 to 7 years that was developed and researched by Dr. Myrna Shure. RTC has demonstrated effectiveness in developing interpersonal cognitive problem-solving skills in young children, improving parenting skills and parent-child communication, and in decreasing both impulsive and inhibited behaviors in young children.

RTC has been listed as a model evidence-based program on the Strengthening America’s Families  and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  model programs websites.

What are Wisconsin parents saying about the program?

Parents report an increase in how frequently they use new parenting behaviors and strategies after completing the eight-week program.  Parents comment that:

  • “I now ask [the child] how things could be done differently”
  • “[I’m] asking more ‘thinking’ questions”
  • “I am much more patient and understanding and less ‘jumpy’”
  • “[I’m] asking our daughter what is going on and her point of view”

Children also learn and use new prosocial behaviors by the end of the eight-week series.  Parents have said the following about their children:

  • “He can stop and use the dialogues to diffuse the situation”
  • “He is much better at handling his emotions and communicating better”
  • “He thinks more ahead of time”

For more information, contact Nancy Schultz or Dr. Robert Nix

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Raising a Thinking Child Classes being offered, beginning in (dates/offerings subject to change):

January 2016:

Clark County, contact Nancy Vance (715) 743-5121
January 19 – March 8, 4:30-6 PM, Granton Elementary School, 217 N. Main St., Granton, WI

Racine County, contact Sarah Hawks, (262) 767-2916
January 2016 – dates to be determined, call for more information, City of Racine location

Richland County, contact Chelsea Wunnicke, (608) 647-6148
January 25 – March 15, 5-6:30 PM, Lincoln School

Walworth County, contact Jenny Wehmeier, (262) 741-4951
January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 18, March 3, 10, 17, 2016, 1-2:30 PM, Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, WI

Washington County, contact Carol Bralich (262) 335-4479
January 14 – March 3, 4-5:30 PM, Rolfs Education Center 737 S. 3rd Ave., West Bend, WI

February 2016:

Burnett County, contact Beth Rank, (715) 349-2151
February 1 – March 21, 5:30-7 PM, Grantsburg Elementary School, 475 E. James St., Grantsburg, WI

Green County, contact Bridget Mouchon, (608) 328-9440
February 18 – April 7, 6:15-7:30 PM, Brodhead, WI

Richland County, contact Chelsea Wunnicke, (608) 647-6148
February 3 – March 23, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Brewer Public Library

Walworth County, contact Jenny Wehmeier, (262) 741-4951
February 16 – April 12 (no class April 5th), 4-5:15 PM, Turtle Creek Elementary School, 1235 Creek Rd, Delavan, WI

March 2016

Shawano County, contact Nancy Schultz (715) 526-6136
March 31 – May 19, 2:30-4 PM, Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St, Shawano, WI 54166

Shawano County, contact Nancy Schultz (715) 526-6136
March 31 – May 19, 6:15-7:30 PM, Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St, Shawano, WI 54166 (Daycare Staff only)

April 2016

Shawano County, contact Nancy Schultz (715) 526-6136
April 4 – May 23, 6-7:30 PM at Stockbridge Munsee Headstart, W13429 Cherry St, Bowler, WI 54416