Parent Education

What, Me Worry? Supporting our Children in an age of Increasing Anxiety
We live in an age of increasing anxiety. The influence of technology and increasing expectations on our children leave many parents and kids anxious and worried. This evening workshop will address the physiological impact of stress on our lives and share strategies to support our children and ourselves.

Coaching Your Child Toward Positive Peer Relationships
A child’s friendships are a strong indicator of their overall well-being. It can be difficult to know when and how to get involved in your child’s social life.  How do we know what is typical and acceptable behavior and when the behavior has crossed a line to something more harmful?  How can I help my child develop better skills at developing and keeping friends?  When should I let my child work out problems and when should I intervene?  What are some differences between boys’ and girls’ relational styles?  How do I prepare my child for the challenges of peer pressure?   This 90 minute interactive presentation will offer ideas for keeping perspective on your child’s social world.

Helping Your Gifted Child Find Balance

Parenting gifted children poses unique challenges. They may be more demanding, persevering, and sensitive. Additionally social, emotional and physical characteristics may not develop as well as cognitive abilities for many gifted kids. This presentation explores the context of giftedness, the difficulties in raising gifted children and shares strategies for helping your children be well-rounded.

Strategic Fathering

Fathers often underestimate the influence they have on their children’s lives. Yet, there is a growing body of research supporting the importance of father’s to child development. This workshop shares data from that research, looks at the barriers to father’s involvement, and considers strategies to enhance men’s participation in their kids’ lives.

What About Boys?

Nationally and locally boys make up two-thirds of those in special ed classes, they represent 70% of middle school and high school discipline referrals, and their dropping rates of graduation and college attendance are cause for concern. We know that relationships hold the key to improving boys’ health and academic performance. But how do we establish and maintain connections with boys?

This workshop examines current data on boys in schools and their communities. Participants will learn about boys’ unique developmental issues and explore ways to enhance communication with boys.

Creating Safer Schools: The Role Parents Play in Reducing Teasing

The National Association of School Psychologists reports that 22% of fourth through eighth graders claim academic difficulties resulting from peer abuse. This workshop will define bullying and consider its place on the violence continuum. We will examine the roles involved in teasing behavior and the social context that this exists in. We will discuss ways to support your kids.

Risky Business

Adolescence represents a time of heightened risk taking for many students. This presentation examines current data on high risk behavior, and the social context of teens that leads to risk taking. Using the Search Institute’s Developmental Asset Model as a guide, a number of strategies will be shared to assist your family in navigating the adolescent years.

The Power of Parent School Collaboration

A great deal of research has shown the positive effects of parental involvement in students’ learning. This workshop will look at that data and provide ideas to increase parental involvement in your school.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: Anger and Conflict in Families

Conflict and anger are a normal part of life. However, many families feel unequipped to constructively move through conflict. This presentation will examine the ways conflict escalates in families, share ideas about the role of anger in conflict and suggest a method to skillfully manage charged discussions at home.

Helping Boys Succeed as Students: The Role That Parents Play

Boys’ academic challenges are well documented. This parent presentation looks at how parents can support their son’s academic progress. We will look closely at organizational skills, making school relevant, advocating for your son, and finding more success with reading and writing.

Boys and Girls Side by Side

Too often the topic of gender differences is approached as a zero sum game as if one gender has it worse and that by helping one gender we will hurt the other. This workshop explores the strengths and challenges boys and girls tend to face in terms of relationships without pathologizing either boys or girls. Parents will leave this workshop with new ideas about how to best support their sons and daughters.

The Owner’s Manual for Raising Teens: What Really Matters

Many fear the time their children will reach adolescence. Raising teenagers can be trying. This presentation will help parents understand what is normal for teens and when to seek help. Participants will consider the social and biological influences on adolescent development as well as how our own teen history colors how we interact with our teenage children.

Why Can’t We Just Get Along? Creating Positive Sibling Relationships

A lively conversation for parents exploring the topic of sibling rivalry. How does birth order impact the way our children interact? What role does gender play? We’ll discuss the underlying dynamics behind sibling rivalry and learn practical parenting strategies for improving sibling relationships.