This month, the San Mateo County Libraries are offering topical parenting workshops from the Parents Place. They give good workshops - I went to many when my kids were in preschool.
Here's what's happening:
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF BULLYING: Creating a Caring School and Involved Community
"Bullying is not about typical childhood behaviors such as sibling rivalry or one-on-one fighting between siblings and peers. It is not about impulsive, spontaneous aggression with an intended target. Bullying can have a powerful and lasting effect on the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. In this workshop parents will learn to identify what bullying is, how and when to intervene, and how you and your child can create a safe school community."
When: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Brisbane Library. Adults only.
TURNING NO INTO YES-Encouraging Cooperative Behavior in Children
"Young children are expected to test, but hearing "no" can be frustrating and exhausting. Turning 'no' into 'yes' requires patience, consistency, and creativity. Learn strategies for positive redirection and limit-setting that maintains a positive relationship."
When: Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM ( in Spanish) – East Palo Alto Library
Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM – East Palo Alto Library
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Belmont Library
HELP! I'M STRESSED
"This workshop explores the impact of stress on our families, and ourselves and offers practical ideas to help build resiliency during difficult times. Explores many parental coping strategies for dealing with and managing stress."
When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Pacifica-Sharp Park Library
RAISING RESILIAN CHILDREN
"Something about raising children has changed in today’s fast-paced world. Parents are under continuous pressure to plan, enrich, and do this important job the one, precisely right way. This can create stress on today’s families. This workshop will focus on the challenges of raising children in today’s “hurry up” world. We will discuss strategies for raising resilient and healthy children, and how parents can establish healthy family schedules and find the right balance for their families."
When: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Pacifica-Sanchez Library
NETIQUETTE - TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO BEHAVE POSITIVELY IN CYBERSPACE
"Cyberspace is a very real locale without the rules of civilization as expected in "real space." On the internet, children and teens feel that anything goes, what they say online stays online, and that rude language is ok because everyone does it. Learn how children and teens communicate online and gain strategies to help them develop ethical and kind online behavior."
When: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:00 PM – Belmont Library
BEYOND SIBLING RIVALRY: Keeping the Peace
"In this workshop parents will discover the reasons for sibling quarrels and learn techniques to help children learn to minimize and resolve conflicts. Learn when and how to become a successful mediator and help your children develop the skills they need to become cooperative, caring, and compassionate."
When: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 7:00 PM – San Carlos Library
And don't forget - Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (author of Raising Your Spirited Child and many more) is speaking in various places around the Bay Area March 22-25. Here's more information on Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's Bay Area appearances.