Upcoming Parenting Education Programs and Resources

Center for Parents and Teachers Upcoming Parenting Education Programs & Resources

The Center for Parents and Teachers announces a new and innovative offering on How to Manage Stress in Uncertain Times

Please find instructions below each workshop on how to register for individual sessions.

Wish to attend all 4 sessions?  Please email cpt@concordps.org and type “Series on Managing Stress” in the subject line. We are happy to announce that due to a generous grant, these programs are being offered free of charge!

About the offerings:  Stress is a natural, automatic, often unconscious part of daily life. Yet its impact — on our emotions, behavior, bodies — can be corrosive to both our wellbeing and the quality of our relationships. Join us for one workshop or for all of them as we gather on zoom on 4 consecutive Monday evenings, starting October 18 at 7:30.  We will explore science-backed tools and insights that calm the nervous system to better manage stress.

All sessions are held online for 45 minutes and are facilitated by our instructor, Carolyn Wilkins,  who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.

  • Monday October 18 at 7:30 PM “Key Partners to Combat Stress: Restorative Sleep & Mindfulness”.

Pre-registration by October 11th is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “October 18” in the subject line.

Only 1 in 3 adults get the recommended 7-9 hours sleep each night, with consequences ranging from impaired memory, compromised immune function to hypertension and obesity. And the throughline to stress is clear: Among over 85 sleep disorders, the #1 root cause is stress, giving us a vital key to crack this code. Join this 45-minute session as we explore the practical, behavioral, and social implications for achieving better sleep.

  • Monday October 25 at 7:30 PM “Redefining Social Connections for Optimal Wellness”

Pre-registration by October 18th is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “October 25” in the subject line

After 18 months of social restriction, we’re beginning to reframe and reprioritize our social interactions. Science shows us that social connections are vital to buffering stress, helping us to modulate fear and anxiety. Join us as we explore ways to mindfully assess our social and prosocial connections as a way to enhance wellness.

  • Monday November 1 at 7:30 PM “Stress Warning Signals: What are they & what can they teach us?”

Pre-registration by October 25th is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “November 1” in the subject line

Stress is more than feeling distress and discomfort; it’s the root cause of 60-90% of all doctor visits, begging us to forge a healthier approach to managing daily stress. Where and how stress manifests itself in our minds and bodies become valuable data, especially when married with a science-backed toolkit of techniques to calm the nervous system and make us more resilient.

  • Monday November 8 at 7:30 PM “Meditation & Mindfulness”

Pre-registration by November 1 is required by emailing cpt@concordps.org and typing “November 8” in the subject line

Developing a mentally clear and emotionally calm, stable state first requires that we acknowledge the critical role that meditation & mindfulness play in making us more resilient. Learn how developing a practice can happen, and what it can offer us as we seek to buffer the daily impact of stress.

About the Instructor

Concord resident Carolyn Wilkins is a Certified Positivity and Relaxation Training (PART) instructor trained at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. She leads (online) group stress management classes through her business, Wilkins Wellness, providing proven tools to be healthier and happier, creating greater calm and clarity in these uncertain times.

A cycle instructor, 20+ year triathlete, parent to teens and outdoor enthusiast, Carolyn draws upon her own practice that blends mental and physical wellness to provide balance and joy. She and her husband, Mike Farber, have raised two young adults in Concord and can often be found on their bicycles.

Other Programs and Resources:

(1) Topic: Grieving For anyone in our community suffering the loss of a loved one, we want you to be aware there is a resource available to you:  The Children’s Room is a long-standing non-profit organization, located in Arlington that offers caring support for grieving children, teens and families.  Services are provided both in-person and virtual.  Learn more at https://childrensroom.org/support/

(2) Topic:  Talking to Youth about Climate Change
Some of you may have been with us in January 2019 at Willard when many parents and students attended an in-person event where Varshini Prakash addressed what young people can do in response to climate change. Her message was inspiring and motivating for all of us!  We are thrilled the Discovery Museum is offering a Virtual event with Varshini Prakash: Youth Voices in Climate Change. Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7pm to 8:30pm. Moderated by WBUR’s Miriam Wasser. Presented virtually by Zoom webinar, the event is free with required pre-registration at https://26033.blackbaudhosting.com/26033/Discovery-Museum-Speaker-Series-2021-Featuring-Varshini-Prakash. Varshini Prakash, originally from Acton, is the Executive Director and co-founder of Sunrise, a national movement of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process through the Green New Deal. Varshini has been a leading voice for young Americans, including when she helped lead a mass demonstration for that went viral and put the climate crisis at the top of the political agenda for the 2020 elections. Varshini’s work has been featured in The New York Times, MSNBC, The New Yorker, BBC, The Washington Post and more. In 2019, she was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for law and policy, and TIME 100 Next, a new list of rising stars who are shaping politics, popular culture, science, and more.  Please join us for this important event!

(3) Topic:  Parenting younger children (up to age 9).  Please check out a free program offered by First Connections, held virtually on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.  To register please email: lmatthews@jri.org

Behavior is Communication – 3 Surprising Reasons Your Child Won’t Listen. presented by Kathy Whitham, R.N.
You want your child to listen and you want your child to talk to you. Gaining a deeper understanding of the language your child uses to communicate is crucial to getting through to your child and building a solid foundation for connection and communication throughout their development. In this 1 hour Webinar, you’ll discover 3 surprising reasons that get in the way of communication with your child (and learn the science behind them). You’ll also gain practical strategies to help you avoid yelling to be heard, and be the parent your child talks to. Includes at least 20 minutes for interaction around your questions.
Kathy Whitham, RN, is a Parenting Coach, Child Behavior Specialist, Mom, Grammy and poet. She helps parents and caregivers understand what’s happening with their child and learn to respond rather than react to button-pushing behaviors.
. Kathy’s No-Yell™ parenting approach promotes deep connection and communication and lies at the intersection of brain science, attachment theory, inter-generational family dynamics and parents’ inner wisdom.

(4) Topic:  Depression. Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free online program What If I Say the Wrong Thing? Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One Is Depressed on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM 

In this webinar, Dr. Chris Segrin shares how caregivers can communicate effectively with a loved one about their depression, manage conflict, maintain their own boundaries, and offer hope to a person living with depression.
Register to join them for a live webinar discussion or watch on demand after it airs. After the webinar, complete the online evaluation and you’ll receive a free copy of 60-page handbook – Helping Someone Living with Depression or Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook for Families and Caregivers.
Click here to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a7ZPzexWT8apgeYtSnz0Cg

Can’t attend the live webinar? Register today to submit your questions and watch the recorded webinar after it airs.

(5) Topic:  Vaping  Please check out this site for resources to understand the risks of vaping so you can have more productive discussions with your teens/pre-teens:

https://massclearinghouse.ehs.state.ma.us/category/Vaping.html

(6) Topic:  Fentanyl Awareness  Earlier this month the nationally televised Today Show offered a segment, featuring youth voices, addressing the crisis of fentanyl contamination leading to poisoning.  Most adults are unaware of how pervasive this threat is — and the vital need to discuss this with our teens.  Please check out the clip below (just mute the initial ad). The entire clip is only a few minutes long but worth your consideration.

https://www.today.com/video/families-sound-alarm-on-fenta-pill-epidemic-120266309680

The Center for Parents and Teachers is your local nonprofit that has been dedicated for 35 years to supporting families and educators in raising healthy children.  As a small nonprofit relying on donations and grants, we are grateful for your support.   https://centerforparentsandteachers.org/donate

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