Britney Spears

Britney Spears Begins Parenting Program

10/24/2007 at 02:35 PM EDT

Britney Spears Begins Parenting Program
Britney Spears on Oct. 12
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Britney Spears arrived at the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday for her first Parenting Without Conflict session, a source close to the singer says.

"She's not nervous, she's actually looking forward to it," says the source.

The singer's ex-husband, Kevin Federline, is reportedly at the hotel as well.

Although the program strongly urges that parents take the course together, it is not mandatory. The program, which lasts six sessions, teaches cooperative parenting and communication skills.

Part of the program is doing drills called "polite requests."

"Instead of saying 'You're always bringing the kids home late because you're an insensitive jerk,'" explains Craig Ogulnick, a supervisor for the program, "We teach parents instead to say 'When you bring the kids home late, I feel like you're not valuing my time, and I feel hurt or angry as a result."

The program is one of many requirements that L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ordered the pop star to complete.

Both Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, are required to show in court Friday for a progress review.

By then, they must have also completed at least three sessions together of their joint co-parenting counseling, which is being held at a hotel as well, according to the source.

In addition, Spears must also complete three individual counseling sessions "to address parenting issues."

As of now, Federline retains physical custody of sons Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. Spears has monitored visitation rights.

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