16 Results

  • A Little Bit of Everything

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Parents will choose the discussion topics for this class. Everything you want to know and were afraid to ask, including common and unique questions about being a parent. Some topics may include language and communication, parenting as a team, siblings, social skills and conflict and life balance. The class will be built by participants, designed around the group’s interest and children’s needs. The early childhood room is designed for children to play, explore and try out new skills.
  • A Little Bit of Everything

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through 7 Years Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Parents will choose the discussion topics for this class. Everything you want to know and were afraid to ask, including common and unique questions about being a parent. Some topics may include language and communication, parenting as a team, siblings, social skills and conflict and life balance. The class will be built by participants, designed around the group’s interest and children’s needs. The early childhood room is designed for children to play, explore and try out new skills.
  • Celebrating Parenthood

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Explore the best parts of your roles as a parent and as a person. It can be easy to forget to take care of yourself when you are giving so much time to other responsibilities including your work, children, home care and extended family. Give yourself a break. Spend some time planning ways to rediscover your strengths and gifts and find a balance between your roles. Children will have the opportunity to celebrate being a child in the classroom, where they will feel appreciated for who they are.
  • Dad and Me: What a Difference a Dad Makes

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth through 7 Years Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Dads, come and find out you are not the only one with concerns about balancing work and family life. Trade tips with other dads about these topics and parenting issues that you choose. Class starts with unstructured playtime before dads leave for their adult-sized chairs and great conversation. The evening ends with dads joining their kids for family circle time. Ages: 1 yr. 11 m - 7 yr. 11 m
  • ECFE 2.0: The Next Adventure in Parenting

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Kindergarten Through Third Grade Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Are you the parent of a child in grades kindergarten through third grade who would like the education and support of an ECFE class? Parenting a school-aged child brings new joys and challenges. You may notice developmental changes with regard to independence, social skills and responsibility. This class will explore shifting family dynamics as you welcome the school experience. Children under kindergarten age can attend with you and enjoy an early childhood experience. You may also attend without children and participate in the parent discussion only from 1:45-3:15 p.m. End time is flexible if you need to pick up children from school.
  • Finding Balance in Parenting

    Separating Class: Parent With Children Ages Birth through Prekindergarten. Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Parents are under a lot of pressure to do things ‘right’ in our fast-paced world with pervasive media. You make thousands of decisions a day, so sometimes it’s hard to find a balanced approach to parenting. While information is good, it can sometimes undermine your confidence and leave you even more confused. You’ll explore your own parenting philosophy and gain confidence in the common parenting issues of the day: nutrition, screen time, children’s activities, safety, family roles, self-care and other topics identified by the group.
  • Home Alone (parents and children ages 8-11)

    Prepare for being home alone ... for a few minutes, several hours or all day. Learn telephone rules, safe use of keys, household safety checks, constructive use of time, healthy snacks and how to deal with home-alone feelings. Fee includes a Home Alone workbook. Parent child class, one book per registered child.
  • It’s Complicated: Children, Social Media and Mental Health

    Social networking, cell phones, and video games are game changers for youth and families. As parents and caregivers, we want our children to take advantage of incredible new digital opportunities but worry about the impact of too much screen time on our kids health, social skills, and school performance. In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories, and humor to explain how technology impacts mental health and wellness. Understand the key ingredients for wellness in the digital age and share practical strategies for nurturing these at home. Explore a range of questions including: Does social media use cause anxiety and depression? What should I be on the look out for as more and more of my child’s life goes online? Is video game addiction real? How can I help my child develop positive media habits? Childcare is available for ages 2-12 (registration required). Meets criteria for Minnesota Teacher licensure renewal in Mental Health and is approved for 1.5 CEUs.
  • Parenting Adolescent Daughters (Moms of girls grade 5+)

    Being the mom of an adolescent girl can be exciting, scary and overwhelming. Learn tools to smooth the way through this tender time. Shore up your own self-awareness and support so you can be the safe harbor that your daughter needs. Explore your own needs and hopes as your daughter matures and learn how you might be affected by your own adolescent memories. Learn communication techniques that help to lessen conflict. Discover ways to maintain your connection with your daughter, even while supporting her in moving toward discovering her own separate identity.
  • Power Struggles

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. What do you do when the perfectly mellow child suddenly becomes uncooperative and unable to get along with anyone? How do you work with a child who insists on ‘proving’ her point of view? Power struggles are like a great mystery. The real story is never what it looks like at first glance. Like a good mystery, a power struggle cannot be solved until the real culprits are discovered. Find out how to turn hassles into opportunities to help each child learn to be more caring, competent and connected.
  • Power Struggles

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through 7 Years Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. What do you do when the perfectly mellow child suddenly becomes uncooperative and unable to get along with anyone? How do you work with a child who insists on ‘proving’ her point of view? Power struggles are like a great mystery. The real story is never what it looks like at first glance. Like a good mystery, a power struggle cannot be solved until the real culprits are discovered. Find out how to turn hassles into opportunities to help each child learn to be more caring, competent and connected.
  • Raising Your Spirited Child

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Each of us is born with a distinctive temperament. If you have a youngster who is strong-willed, easily stressed by new situations and super-sensitive about his or her environment, you could have a child we call 'spirited.' These kids are 'more' everything: more intense, more persistent, more sensitive and more perceptive. The book Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka will be used as a resource. Come and find out about the benefits and challenges of parenting spirited children. Learn that it is okay for them to be who they are!
  • Screamfree Parenting: Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. Hal Edward Runkel understands just how parents of young children feel. In his book Screamfree Parenting, he explains how, with humor and practical ideas, we can move from reacting emotionally to having great relationships with our family members. By focusing on our own behaviors, we will be teaching our children important lessons about handling their anger. Come and discuss strategies that will fit for your family.
  • Simplicity Parenting

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. When you simplify a child’s world, you prepare the way for positive change and growth.Today’s busy, high-speed society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices and too little time, children can become anxious and confused, showing behaviors that reflect these feelings. We will discuss ways to simplify your approach to raising children and managing a family, based on your values and ideas.
  • Surviving and THRIVING With Twins and Triplets

    Separating Class: Parents With Children Ages Birth Through Prekindergarten Please register for one class with an alternate choice for the lottery. Additional class registration will open after the lottery is completed. When you are parenting multiples, life is a grand adventure with joys and challenges that can make you feel like you are just surviving day to day. This ECFE experience is designed with your family in mind. You’ll thrive when you have time with other parents to discuss topics related to bringing up multiples with confidence. Your children will explore, discover and meet friends in an environment with experienced teachers to help.
  • The Postpartum Plan

    Intended for families who are expecting a child in the near future and want to learn more about the protective and risk factors for emotional health. Explore the risk factors and things to consider for emotional health of the parents. Discover ways to promote emotional well-being for parents and care givers during the postpartum period from an evidenced-based lens. Learn about resources that exist in the community if additonal support is needed.