Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and perhaps no one knows this better than parents. Gary Dennis, a pastor at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, recalls actually looking for a set of directions years ago when he brought his first child home from the hospital. Needless to say, the truth was disappointing.
“We finally got a copy of Dr. Spock,” Dennis says. “Everything that happened, we’d try to find the page that related to what was going on.”
Now, Dennis and his wife are raising their three grandchildren, and need look no further than their own church for help throughout the parenting process. For nearly 33 years, La Cañada Presbyterian Church has offered weekly classes for parents brave enough to admit they need assistance through its Parent Education program. The paid classes are led by experienced educators, professionals and parents and cover a broad range of ages, from newborns to teenagers.