For more than 100 years, YWCA Missoula staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to offer individuals and families in-need opportunities to change their lives for the better. The YWCA is where women turn for help with domestic and sexual violence, where homeless families can find housing and where young girls hone their leadership skills and discover their inner strengths. Last year, the YWCA helped over 2,500 women, children and men through its programs, which aim to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The YWCA’s five pillar programs include:
- Ada’s Place Transitional and Emergency Housing Programs for families;
- Gateway Center for short-term assessment, referral and supportive services located at the Salvation Army (239 W. Broadway);
- Pathways Domestic and Sexual Violence Support Services and Shelter;
- Planet Kids Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center; and,
- GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) leadership and empowerment program for girls age 9-18.
For more information about the YWCA’s services and ways you can help, visit the YWCA website or call (406) 543-6691.
If you are in need of crisis services, call (406) 542-1944 or toll-free 1-800-483-7858.
Parenting Tips From the YWCA Missoula Children’s Program
- Positive reinforcement is a great parenting tool and focuses on a child’s positive rather than negative behavior, promoting autonomy and self-confidence. For instance, next time you see your children pick up after themselves, tell him or her how proud and happy it made you feel to see them do so. The next time they make a meal or playtime “mess,” they will be more likely to clean up again because it will make you happy and make them feel good about themselves.
- “Redirection” is not just for magicians! Parents will benefit from redirecting children’s attention away from engaging in inappropriate behaviors, towards something that they can and should be doing instead.
- Research continues to show that spanking is an ineffective disciplinary tool, and may even lead some children to conclude that aggression is a means of obtaining desired outcomes. Instead, try other methods like “time-out“ immediately after observing undesired or inappropriate behaviors. This gives both children and parents time to “cool down!”
- Keep it age appropriate. While older children may understand consequences such as time- outs and grounding, younger children (18 months and younger) do not have the developmental capacity to do so. There are many resources online and at your local library that can help you learn more about what types of age-appropriate discipline and reinforcement may work for your child.
- Remember, your kids are watching you for appropriate social and emotional cues. Model the kinds of actions and behaviors you would like to see in them, such as saying “please” and “thank-you” to others. Many “bad” behaviors are learned, but so are compassion, empathy, and kindness towards others; help your child learn to be the best person they can be!
YWCA of Missoula
1130 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802