Parenting Class


 Learn Authoritative Parenting Skills
within the context of our Catholic Faith 

This style of parenting "is linked with the most successful child outcomes.  Children parented this way are more likely to become cooperative, independent, self-reliant, socially accepted, and academically successful."
Gwen Dewar, PhD
"Authoritative parenting is the gold standard for parenting. Authoritative parents encourage their children to be independent, but also set limits and boundaries. Discipline is applied, but in a supportive, non-punitive way. Typically, authoritative parents give their children increasing levels of independence as they mature and this leads to higher leadership potential in the children of authoritative parents. Social skills, self-control, and self-reliance are more highly developed, and these are qualities that make ideal employees, leaders, and life partners."    
Ronald E. Riggio Ph.D.

"Children in a home with the Authoritative/Democratic style of parenting:
- have better emotional regulation, calming themselves more quickly
- have the highest academic achievement
- show greater empathetic responses
- show greater loyalty to parents and have a higher compliance rate with parental wishes, the obedience  coming from feelings of connection rather than from fear
- have fewer incidences of pediatric depression and anxiety disorders
- have the fewest infectious diseases
- are less prone to acts of violence
- have deeper, richer friendships, and lots more of them"
           Excerpt from Brain Rules for Babies by John Medina


"Family counselors divide parenting styles into three categories: 
- Authoritarian
  (a 'parents-know-best' approach that emphasizes obedience)
- Permissive
  (which provides few behavioral guidelines because parents don't want to upset their children)
- Authoritative
  (which blends a caring tone with structure and consistent limit-setting)

In an ideal world, both parents have an authoritative style, because that's what fosters the healthiest relationships."             WebMD

Scroll further down for Details & Upcoming Class Schedule

Foundations of Parenting  (Classes 1- 6): 
Equips parents with the principles of the Authoritative Style of Parenting
For parents of ALL AGE children, TODDLERS to TWENTIES

Practical Applications  (Classes 7 - 12)

Equips parents with more understanding and confidence
in applying the principles of the Authoritative Style of Parenting
PREREQUISITE: Foundations of Parenting

Got Teens?

Equips parents of teens with strategies for this developmental stage  
HIGHLY RECOMMEND attending Foundations of Parenting prior to this class

Parent Support Group

Continuing support for parents beyond class
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Foundations of Parenting 
Meets monthly in Ursuline Hall; second Tuesday of the month from 7 - 8:30 pm

Group Presentations

30 - 75 minute group presentation for adult groups with specific topic,
such as "How to Help My Child Become More Responsible"
Scheduled upon request throughout the St. Louis area

contact Margaret Bommarito at 

Comments from Recent Evaluations:

"This class should be the handbook they give you at the hospital!!!"

"Conflicts get resolved more peacefully."

"This class helped us to see why our current methods weren't working."

 "I wish I had these tools a lot earlier."
"Life changing!"

"Before this class we were very desperate and depressed with regard to our children and how we were interacting with them. The best thing is now I have tools - concrete things - to use and fall back on." 

"I pray more."

"I will absolutely recommend this class to my friends!"

"Family life is more peaceful & things are easier."

"Our children are happier and more engaged.  I am more relaxed and confident."

"This has been a huge blessing to our family!"

"My son is taking on more responsibility."

"We are a more calm, more ‘together’ family.”

 "We feel better about ourselves, our children; there is less tension at home."    

 "Life is much smoother & more fun!"


Parenting Classes  

Each six week class at St. Peter is based on the theory of Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler as well as the teachings of Christianity in the New Testament.  This authoritative, democratic style of parenting is respectful yet firm and emphasizes loving, empathetic, encouraging, Christian relationships.
Foundations of Parenting
Beginning Class
Learn the basic principles of the Authoritative Style of Parenting. 
Helpful to parents wit
h children of ALL ages, including TEENS.  (Classes 1 - 6)
Topics include: Challenges of Parenting, Encouragement, Understanding Your Child, Power of Parental Prayer, Mistaken Goals of Misbehavior, Natural & Logical Consequences 
All are welcome!

Recent answers to this Evaluation question: 
Would you recommend this class to friends & family?

100%!  Already have.


YES - we have and will continue to!

Upcoming Sessions: 

1. FALL 2018   Foundations of Parenting
Due to campus construction, meeting space is not currently available. Will offer this as soon as possible!

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Location: St. Peter Parish - Kirkwood 

ALL are Welcome!


For more info or to
Register Now! 
Click on "Foundations of Parenting" link,
upper right of this page

Practical Applications 
Second Set of Six Classes 

 Gain better understanding & confidence in applying the principles of the Authoritative Style of Parenting learned in the "Foundations of Parenting" class.  Topics include: Family Priorities, Setting Firm Limits, Mutual Respect, Respect for Order, Resolving Conflicts, Teaching Responsibility.  

Prerequisite:  Foundations of Parenting Class  (Classes 7 - 12)

Not scheduled at this time - Check back for upcoming dates!

Learn how to empower your teen and yourself.
Helpful to parents with children age 12 and older.  
NOTE: The Foundations of Parenting Class is for parents of children of ALL ages, including teens and is highly recommended
prior to attending Got Teens? 

Upcoming Session:
(Not scheduled at this time.  If interested, email:

Monthly Parent Support Group
 Second Tuesdays of the month!
7 - 8:30 PM  

Ongoing support for ALL parents who have completed either
"Foundations of Parenting" OR "Got Teens?"
Recharge your parenting batteries!


PLEASE RSVP via email if you will attend this month:
Margaret at
  Fee: 10.00 (includes both parents)

Location: Ursuline Hall Building  
213 W. Argonne Dr. 63122
At corner of Clay & Argonne
Please enter Ursuline Hall by the SE door which faces Clay Avenue and  continue straight ahead to the Copy Room at the end of the short hallway.

Upcoming Sessions: 
Due to current campus construction,
we will meet in the Gathering Space in the church.  
7 - 8:30 pm
2018  Schedule:
 November 13, 2018 and December 11, 2018


Margaret Bommarito has been trained & commissioned in 1998 by The Family Education Center of Individual Psychology and the Office of Laity & Family Life (ARCHSTL).  Margaret has used these principles in her own family for 34 years and taught classes for 19 years in hospitals, schools, libraries, and churches throughout the St. Louis area.  She is very grateful for the rich blessing this has been for her family, and now loves sharing it with others. 


Parenting Class Registration