Free parenting workshop in Lawrenceville


• What: Amy McCready’s Parenting Workshop

• When: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday

• Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett, 12 Bethesda Church Road, Lawrenceville

• Cost: Free

• For more information: visit amymccready.com

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Many parents struggle to communicate effectively with their children, which leads to misbehavior and confrontation.

Parenting expert and "Today" Show contributor Amy McCready is presenting a free parenting workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett on Wednesday. She will talk about tools and solutions to get your way without raising your voice at your child.

"We're going to be giving parents concrete strategies to stop the battle (between parents and children)," McCready said. "Some parents have called the tools 'life changing.'"

At the workshop, McCready plans to teach attendees why kids misbehave, talk about go-to strategies that parents use (and get an adverse reaction) and discuss two specific tools to help correct behavior.

"Parents are tired of yelling to get attention," she said of frustrated adults.

"My vision for parents is that they can't remember the last time they raised their voice," McCready said. "I know that it will happen at some point because we're all human, but I want parents to need to think really hard about it."

The workshop is aimed toward parents, teachers and childcare providers dealing with children ages two to 16.