Parent Enrichment

Welcome to Mark Twain Parent Enrichment

 Our parent education program strengthens and supports our community through an ongoing dialogue with parents. Parents enjoy meeting other parents, discussing parenting issues with each other and experts, and gaining knowledge on current family-oriented topics and issues.

Bimonthly we invite experts to engage our parents in conversations about a wide array of topics. Past topics have included, but were not limited to: getting organized, neighborhood safety, healthy habits to stimulate the brain, child safety, family nutrition, healthy technology habits and positive parenting strategies.

On alternate months, we will have an informal discussion based on a current parenting book, self-help book, teaching method or TED talks. We will provide an outline of the discussion and summarize the high points of the book/talk for you. All are welcome to attend even if you haven’t read the book or listened to the talk.

Our topics are selected based on interest expressed by our parent community. If you would like to request a discussion on a certain book or topic or know a professional that might be willing to come share with us, please feel free to email us.

You can also be added to our LivingTree Parent Enrichment group to receive supplemental material and website links related to some of our topics and to receive reminders about upcoming meetings. Please email one of us if you would like to be added to this list.

Kahla Malinsky

Amy Fuller

Mark Twain Parent Enrichment Agenda Spring 2016

Friday January 15th, 8 am:  

Speaker: Chelsie Sargent, LPC

Kids and Technology: The Good, The Bad, and The Fun

In this discussion we will cover safety for your kids in our ever changing world of technology. Topics like boundaries with cell phones, computer safety, and how to use technology as a connective piece in our families will all be covered. There will also be a time for Q&A.

Friday February 19th, 8 am:  

Book discussion:

Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Difficult Parents in Your Child’s Life

by Rosalind Wiseman (Author), Elizabeth Rapoport (Author)

Even the most well-adjusted moms and dads can experience peer pressure and conflicts with other adults that make them act like they’re back in seventh grade. In Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads, Rosalind Wiseman gives us the tools to handle difficult situations involving teachers and other parents with grace.

Friday March 11th, 8am:

Book Discussion:

Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace

by Denise Roy

Friday April 15th, 8 am:  

Speaker: Amy Fuller, PhD

Discussion about ADHD

May – Date and Time TBD:

Speaker: Elizabeth Escobedo

Think Outside the Cupcake: Nutritious Classroom Snacks

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