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"LEADER" Online: Vol. 10, No. 1

The Home Depot Offers Help to its Working Parents

by Cathy Daughtridge
Manager, Work/Life Solutions

Home Depot associates are used to the idea of helping. After all, their slogan is “You can do it. We can help.” Now these associates are receiving help from their employer in creating a balance between their Home Depot job and their other full-time job of parenting.

This summer Active Parenting founder and president Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., addressed an audience of parents at The Home Depot Store Support Center in Atlanta as part of a Lunch & Learn seminar.

In his discussion, Dr. Popkin discussed ways working parents can tackle the challenges of raising children in today’s complicated society.

“Today’s working parents have dual priorities,” noted Dr. Popkin. “Companies like The Home Depot—companies that are committed to helping them succeed at both—are building winning relationships.”

“Taking care of our people is a core value at The Home Depot, and one we take very seriously,” notes Director of Associates Layne Thome. “This was a great opportunity for us all to tackle challenging issues and learn some valuable skills we can use both at home and at work.”

The Home Depot currently offers ongoing Active Parenting seminars for parents of children starting as young as two and going all the way to the teen years. They recently added a Parents on Board seminar designed to help parents help their children succeed in school. During the first offering of this course, some associates had to be turned away when more parents signed up than the class could hold. Home Depot associates also have the opportunity to sign up for discounted online parenting classes, the ideal solution for those who travel or can’t get to a regular seminar.


Dr. Popkin addresses Home Depot associates.

Reprinted from Leader magazine.
Copyright 2005 by Active Parenting Publishers, Inc.