Parent Workshop and Lecture Topics

More and more research indicates that understanding the differences between boys and girls is an important component of good parenting. Rather than adopting the "boys will be boys" attitude, however, parents must become gender sensitive -- what are the real differences between boy behavior and girl behavior? What behavior is acceptable, what is not? And when boys are aggressive, and girls are mean, it's helpful for parents to be fluent in the language of children and capable of translating behavior into words.

If battling your child at bedtime has you blue, we'll put you in the pink. We'll discuss children who don't want to stay in bed, who get out of the bed during the night, and who express fear in conjunction with bedtime. We have an extremely high success rate in getting kids to sleep (at a reasonable hour, and through the night!) from 8 months old on so you won't want to miss this one!

Many parents express intense concern over the way their children treat and are treated by friends. From "my child's so bossy, I'm worried that she'll never have any friends," to "my child doesnt stand up for himself, he always does what his friends want," and including "my child came home crying because his friends wouldn't let him join the soccer game," children's social lives, the form that they take, and the way in which they develop often worry parents.

Eating disorders, obesity and diabetes are on the rise in this country. It's no wonder then that many parents despair when they see their child choosing junk foods loaded with sugar. Yet when parents intervene, they often find themselves engaged in a power struggle with their child that makes the problem worse rather than better. This workshop helps parents feed their children in healthy ways.

Do you blush at the thought of teaching your child about sexuality? Do you believe that you have time to wait until their older? Are you prepared to answer your children when they ask tough questions? What about if they don't ask??? It has been proven that parents are the most effective teachers for children to learn about intimacy, love and sexuality.

Self-esteem is a process that begins in infancy and continues throughout a person's life. When children have low self-esteem, they feel bad about themselves, they fail to live up to their potential in school and at home, and they're more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors like sex, drugs and alcohol when they reach adolescence. On the other hand, when children have high self-esteem, they're more likely to be cooperative, respectful and responsible, to avoid high-risk situations, to be self-reliant and to resist negative peer pressure.