All in Parents

What are the three key ingredients of self-esteem? How do boys and girls differ in building healthy self-esteem? How can adults help or hinder the process? These are some of the questions that will be explored as we examine the factors that help determine whether a child becomes confidently secure and connected in the world or tentative and insecure. Positive self-esteem can help a child navigate social pressures and is one of the major antidotes to being bullied. 

Do the boys in your class monopolize the block corner? Is clean up time a struggle or a teachable moment? Participants will learn about the developmental stages of building and how to set up a block corner. We will discuss techniques to integrate block building with other areas of the curriculum and provide strategies and games to make clean up a positive experience. This interactive workshop will focus on practical ways to turn your block corner into an exciting learning center that fosters independence, cognitive development, and cooperative play.

Do your children bicker, call each other names, and vie for your attention? Are you unsure when to step in to make peace or when to let siblings work it out? Are you at a loss over how to meet each child's needs — as well as your own? This workshop will explore the underpinnings of sibling relationships and will provide practical advice to help parents feel more competent and effectual when dealing with sibling rivalry. 

"We will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King 

Is your child bullied, a bystander, or... a bully? Learn the dynamics of bullying and how you can help your child become an assertive and empathic member of a caring community. Since bullies are created, not born, parents and teachers have an obligation to create an environment of safety and tolerance for their children. We will explore developmental dynamics, the differences between tattling and telling, normal healthy conflict, aggression, and bullying. 

Young children discover the world around them through their play. Why does a child dump his bucket of toys over and over? Why does she want to play with her food, rather than eat it? Why has he become so clingy? And why is "No" her favorite word? Come and learn about the young child's search for autonomy and independence. Respecting and understanding a toddler's unique stage of development allows adults to have appropriate expectations and makes teaching a "terrible two" a rewarding experience. 

Is your child afraid of the dark or of lurking monsters? Do you use boxes of Band-Aids for reassurance? Why are some children more fearful than others? This workshop will address the common fears of young children from a developmental perspective. Parents and teachers will learn techniques to help children overcome their frightening feelings. 

Adults are often uncomfortable discussing death with children. However, as parents and teachers, we must provide youngsters with tools to cope with the full range of life experiences. Children commonly ask: "What is dead? Will it happen to me? Will it happen to you?" This workshop offers adults expertise in understanding what death means to children and provides them with techniques to remain emotionally available to comfortably discuss these difficult feelings. 

What can parents do to support a smooth transition from home to the outside world? How can you help your child when she is timid about leaving your side? Are your concerns about letting go making the experience more difficult for your child? This workshop will help you to learn ways to support and encourage your child as he ventures into new situations and gains confidence by taking healthy risks.

Are you concerned about the amount of super hero play at home or in the classroom? Do the children re-enact play scenes from the media rather than use their imaginations? Why are powerful super heroes so appealing to young children? This workshop will explore the meaning of power both to children and adults; it will provide techniques to transform the child's desire for power into a constructive force at home and in the classroom. 

Why does friendship come more easily to some children than to others?  Why is it so hard for some children to make, and keep, friends?  The meaning of friendship in the early childhood years grows in depth and complexity as the child develops. Let's explore what being a friend — and having a friend — means to young children. This workshop will provide suggestions for helping children to develop these important social skills.