Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 17, 2014

Workshop to focus on raising well-balanced students

City continues Parent Education Series

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Moms and dads will get tips Wednesday on raising a well-balanced student, at the parents workshop offered by the Pleasanton Community Services Department.

This is the second in a Parent Education Series offered from 7-9 p.m. at the library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., in conjunction with the Youth Commission to meet the goals of the Youth Master Plan, adopted by the city in 2010.

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

* Jan. 22: The Well Balanced Student. Gina Morris of Stanford Challenge Success will examine tensions over homework, grades and the culture of competition, and will present strategies to create healthier home and school environments.

* Feb. 26: Raising Resilient Children. In this seminar, Parent Coach Rachel Sklar will focus on the challenges of raising children in today's "hurry up" world, including a discussion on how parents can establish healthy family schedules.

* March 26: A Balanced Approach to Navigating Youth Sports. Parents will learn what kids need at each developmental stage from sports so they can build a foundation for athletic development and lifelong fitness. Morris of Stanford Challenge Success will also discuss what youth sports experts see as an alternative to the "earlier is better" and "more is better" mindset.

* April 23: The Wonder Years: Transition to Middle School. Presented by On The Edge of Coaching and a panel of local teens, this workshop will discuss the initial acclimation to middle school, followed by the more challenging issues that include body image, conflicts and friendships. Parents will be given five tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.

May 28: I'm Talking but They're Not Listening: Communicating with Children. This seminar will provide communication tools to improve a child's ability to listen to, understand and respond to requests. Parent Coach Sklar will give ideas on how to prevent anger and frustration from derailing effective communication.

For more information about the Parent Education Series or teen programs, contact Rachel Mariscal at 931-3434 or rmariscal@cityofpleasantonca.gov.

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