Classes


Learn more about STAR Parenting

You can learn more about STAR parenting by:

STAR Parenting Online Course (11 weeks)

Offers child guidance tools that can be used with your 1-to-12 year-old children. In this 11-week online class you will learn:

The class is led by Elizabeth Crary, a parent educator and author with more than 25 years of experience. She enjoys helping parents discover new skills. She is the author of over 30 books including Without Spanking or Spoiling and Love & Limits.

What is involved? Each week you will focus on a different topic. You will read about the topic, and apply the concepts both in theory and real-life. You may do the assignments any time you like (day or night) during the week. Toward the end of the class you will create a STAR in Action story where you pick a concern, use the whole STAR process, and apply the tools to the problem.

What happens then? Each week Elizabeth will review student responses and write a summary that acknowledges what people did well, explains errors made and offers alternatives. Elizabeth will also review each person’s group and individual project.

For information: Read the flyer, call 206-367-6425 or email

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STAR Parenting Online Study Group

Offers child guidance tools and background information that can be used with young children (ages 1-12). This weekly online study group is based on the book STAR Parenting Tales and Tools. You will learn:

What is involved? Every week you will focus on a different topic. For each topic you will read about the topic, apply the concepts with your child, and share your results. You may do the assignments any time you like (day or night) during the week.

The class is led by Elizabeth Crary, a parent educator and author with more than 25 years of experience. She enjoys helping parents discover new skills. She is the author of over 30 books including Without Spanking or Spoiling and Love & Limits.

The material is divided into three parts. Each part has three units. Each unit lasts three weeks, with a different topic each week. The topics are designed to be completed in 30–50 minutes.

For information: 206-367-6425

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STAR Basics (7 sessions)

Introduces the four-step problem-solving process for solving problems, the five points of effective parenting, and the fifteen tools.


Elizabeth Crary at easel
discussing STAR Parenting

The first night is an overview, each of the next five nights focuses on one point of the star, and the final night brings everything together and discusses the "dark side of the star."

Parents have a chance to generate ideas, to practice using the tools and to understand why they work. There is optional homework due for each session except the first one. The homework consists of two parts: an observation and an activity and is designed to increase your learning.

Recommenced reading: Love and Limits: Guidance Tools for Creative Parenting. Or, Without Spanking or Spoiling a practical approach to toddler and preschool guidance.

STAR Parenting gave me the skills I needed to parent Kersten, my 3yo. I did my homework, and applying STAR has gotten fun. Now I look for situations. -Robert T.



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STAR Siblings (5 sessions)

Takes a developmental look at children's conflicts. Kids need to learn how to:


Laughter in the classroom

STAR Siblings uses the star points and tools to teach the four basic people skills. There is optional homework due for each session except the first one. The homework consists of two parts: an observation and an activity and is designed to increase your learning.

Recommenced reading: Help the Kids Are at It Again: Using kids quarrels to teach "people" skills.


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STAR Feelings (6 sessions)

Give parents and others skills to help children manage their feelings constructively.

Also addressed how to keep your cool while your kids lose theirs. There is optional homework due for each session except the first one. The homework consists of two parts: an observation and an activity and is designed to increase your learning.

Recommended reading: "Dealing with Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way."

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STAR Basics Facilitators

STAR Basics Facilitators is a five-day training which prepares participants to teach the STAR Basics class.


Elizabeth with parents
in Japan

The training includes the STAR Basics class; information about children's developmental stages, temperament, and values; and group dynamics.

More information about the facilitators training.


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Levels of Support

Levels of Support — Building independence and responsibility as your child grows

Some parents unintentionally encourage behavior they dislike by failing to change how they interact with their child as he or she grows. In this workshop you will —

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Note: Because of the timing the class may not fill. If I don’t have enough people, I will notify only those who registered.


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Other Classes

STAR Support/Community

I would like help getting the STAR community started. This would involve as little or as much time as you would like. On June 4, anyone who is interested is invited to come and explore the possibilities.

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Looking at Family Values

It is easier to raise children when you know what you want (value) for them. This workshop will help you identify your values, understand how values are acquired, and discover how the parenting decisions you make impact the values your child learns.

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Working with Temperament

Review the temperament traits and identify your child temperament. Learn skills your child may need to cope with his or her individual temperament.

In this two part workshop, you will —

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A STAR Parenting Tools and Tales study group

STAR Parenting Tools and Tales contains more about parenting than Love & Limits or the Star Basics class. A small group (7-12 people) meets once a month (generally the third Monday) to discuss a chapter of the book. The group meets in the North Seattle area. Currently there are two of openings. If you are interested e-mail me and I will send you a copy of the current chapter and directions.



Elizabeth in an Elementary School in Japan