Upcoming Classes & Events
Connecting with Your Teen
When: December 12, 2013 | From 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Commonwealth Parenting | Children's Museum of Richmond-Short Pump
Learn to communicate effectively with your teens and get them to open up and talk to you about what’s going on in their lives. Discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of reactive parenting. Learn which battles to pick and which to avoid.
Parenting an Anxious Child (Parents/Caregivers of Children 2-8 yrs)
When: December 16, 2013 | From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Commonwealth Parenting | Canterbury Community Preschool
Discuss the causes of anxiety in young children and learn how to teach children coping skills that will help them with their fears and anxiety. Explore ways to create an environment that minimizes anxiety. Find out when you should seek help and what resources are available in our community.
You Can't Make Me! Parenting the Defiant Child 2-6 yrs
When: January 14, 2014 | From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Commonwealth Parenting | Promises Preschool at TCPC
Is “no” your child’s favorite word? Do you sometimes feel that everyone else’s child is so much more compliant than your child? Defiance can be one of the most frustrating parental challenges. In this class, learn more about defiance as a developmental stage and how to know when it’s more than “just a phase.” If you are running out of ideas to manage your child’s defiance, this is the class for you.
"Cool" Ways to Respond to "Hot Buttons" Preschoolers Push
When: January 23, 2014 | From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Commonwealth Parenting | HUMC Preschool
It’s hard not to react negatively when kids push our buttons. This workshop offers tips for dealing with many of these, to include getting your child out of the house on time, managing behavior in the car, at the store, children demanding instant attention and staying calm during a “meltdown.” Share your “hot buttons” and we’ll discuss strategies for handling or minimizing them.
Mother and Daughter Connections (Parents of Girls 11-15 yrs.)
When: January 28, 2014 | From 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Commonwealth Parenting | Children's Museum of Richmond-Short Pump
During the middle school years, mother-daughter relationships begin to change as girls begin their journey to new independence. This can be a rewarding and challenging time for both. Discuss the societal pressures daughters experience including their struggles with self-esteem and self- image. Get practical tips for expressing your feelings, handling mistakes and building strong lifelong connections as daughters move into the teenage years and beyond. The instructor, Michelle Johnston, has personal as well as professional experience as the mom of a teen daughter and former guidance counselor.
The Negotiation Years (Parents of Children 5-11 yrs)
When: January 30, 2014 | From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Commonwealth Parenting | Children's Museum of Richmond-Central
Are you negotiating with your child over every little detail from homework to bedtime to choosing friends? Negotiation can be a powerful parenting tool, but you must learn to understand your role and the child’s role in the decision-making process, when to negotiate and when not to negotiate.
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Ten Holiday Tips from Commonwealth Parenting
We know; yet another article about making holiday time more meaningful and enjoyable for your family. But these tips, compiled by our family educators, are tried and true and we hope you will find them helpful!
1. We can’t say it enough; keep to your regular routines as much as possible during the holiday season. We know it’s easier said than done, but young children especially, need the security of routine during exciting times. You will benefit from fewer “meltdowns.”
2. Make holiday plans as far in advance as possible. Everyone is less stressed when they know what is happening ahead of time and don’t have too many surprises. Involve the whole family in making decisions; be flexible and be willing to make compromises,
3. During the excitement of the holidays and later evening activities for families, it is important to make certain children get plenty of rest. Even your non-napper may need to and welcome a nap at this time of year.
4. Select and read a holiday book before the special date. This allows time to talk about and enjoy the significance of a holiday before the hectic time of gift-opening or excitement of holiday activities.
5. Try to keep the two days prior to the holidays free of organized plans. This allows for taking care of last minute details or little wrinkles that may pop up.
6. The soothing glow of candlelight can help create a peaceful, relaxing, quiet atmosphere when everyone needs to calm down after a busy day. Turn off the electronics, slow down, and listen to a soothing selection of holiday music.
7. Introduce children to the joy of giving. Let them see how much you enjoy selecting gifts for others. Teach them that gifts of action and kind words require no price tag.
8. Don’t forget the importance of thank you “notes”; snail mail or email, depending upon the recipient. A fun way to help young children send thank you’s is to snap a picture of the child holding or wearing the gift. A picture says a thousand words, but parents can attach a few words of appreciation before sending the photo.
9. Speaking of photos, have an “old photo” day shortly after the holiday. Look at old holiday photos from earlier years and reminisce. It will be fun to see how the children have grown and changed from years past.
10. Holiday food treats abound and who doesn’t love them? But your child depends on you to make healthy food choices for the family. Be creative in special food choices and try to limit the amount of sweets in your home during this tempting time.
A last bit of advice is to remember that you can’t do everything; especially at holiday times. Don’t feel you have to compete with your neighbors, friends or family in the area of home decor and entertaining. Focus your energy on those areas of celebration that are most meaningful to you and your family.
Topics of Interest
Call and ask an expert
your parenting questions.
Raising Resilient Children, by Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein
Taking Back Childhood, by Nancy Carlsson-Paige Ed.D.
It’s a Boy, by Dr. Michael Thompson
Getting to Calm:Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens, by Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D. and Jennifer Wyatt
A Better Man, by Kelly Johnson – a Richmond author
No refunds or credits issued unless class or event is cancelled by Commonwealth Parenting.