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Friday, September 28, 2001


Center For Parents and Teachers offers thoughtful discussions this October

The Center for Parents and Teachers (CPT), located in Concord, is pleased to announce its fall line-up of workshops and lectures. The CPT, a non-profit organization, serves families, supporting them in what CPT feels is the most important job in the world raising children

With input from the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, the Concord-Carlisle Parent Initiative (formerly Because We Care), area PTG's, pre-schools, public school administrators, the health education coordinator for the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District and workshop participants, topics have been chosen which address the interests and concerns of parents. Many of the topics relating to teens evolved as a result of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey which was first implemented in Concord in 1998 and more recently in Carlisle. For more information about programs offered by the CPT, contact Pat Nelson, coordinator, at 1-978-318-1510, ext, 145.

Free lectures in October

Sports Nutrition, Fact or Fiction is a discussion designed for the athlete (defined as anyone interested in staying fit through exercise), coaches and parents of athletes. The media abound with promises of miracle supplements and diets. Children and adults alike are tempted to pursue overnight athletic success, using fad diets, pills and supplements. What works and why? Kathleen Laquale, Ph.D., LATC, LDN, who is an athletic trainer and expert in the field of sports nutrition, will guide you through the facts and fictions of sports nutrition. Dr. Laquale has lectured nationally and in Japan and Australia. She is an associate professor at Bridgewater State College and consults with Kids First of Rhode Island. She has developed programs for middle schools to encourage the development of healthy body image in teens. The lecture will be given on Thursday, October 11, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium. No registration is necessary.

A book signing with renowned author, Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., will follow a discussion of his totally unique guide to living a fulfilling life, Human Moments, which teaches us how to recognize and appreciate a "human moment," an instance when we recognize and connect to things that really matter most in life. Dr. Hallowell is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and the director of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury Massachusetts. He has authored seven books, including Connect, Worry: Hope and Help for a Common Problem, Driven to Distraction, Answers To Distraction, and When You Worry About The Child You Love. The talk will be held on Tuesday, October 30, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Concord-Carlisle High School. No registration is necessary.

Raising Our Children in a Complicated World:

How are caring, concern, social justice enacted on the playground, in our school cafeteria & in our community's relation to the larger world. Barney Brawer, Coordinator for the Program for Educational Change Agents at Tufts University, former teacher and school principal will explore how we can raise children who understand human diversity, embrace inclusion, & develop healthy values. Tuesday Nov. 6, 7:30 ­ 8:30 PM, Trinitarian Congregational Church 54 Walden St. Concord MA.

Mood, Food & Sex: For Parents of Teens 11-18

Nationally renowned psychologist, researcher and teen expert Dr. Pamela Cantor will address the often-tumultuous world of teenagers, including the range of behaviors common to kids between 11 and 18. With a focus on the "hot spots" of mood, food and sex, she offers guidelines for gauging behavior that falls within the normal range, behavior that signals possible problems and behavior that sounds a siren for serious trouble. Co-sponsored with the Concord Middle School PTG. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Sanborn Auditorium, Concord Middle School. Free. No registration. Space limited Workshops ­ Please register early by calling: The Center for Parents and Teachers at (978) 318-1510 ext. 145

In Our Own Words: Parents' Writing Workshop

A writing and discussion group that offers a fun and intellectually stimulating way to explore some of the universal themes of parenting. Each class will begin with a warm-up exercise and an option to share pieces developed at home. Participants receive one-on-one and group instruction from seasoned writer and teacher Ruth Herman. Topics will include working with fiction, non-fiction, journal writing, poetry and prose; how to expand and focus on content areas; and dealing with writer's block. Co-sponsored with Community Partnerships for Children. Ruth Herman, mother of two, is the founder and director of the Concord Writing Center, where she conducts a variety of writing workshops for fun and/or publication. Child care available free must pre-register. Limit 8. 7 Fridays Oct. 19 ­ Dec.7, 9:30 ­ 11:30 a.m. Ripley Building, $95/person, please register.

Parenting as a Team: For Parents of Infants & Young Children

The challenges of parenting, while negotiating our roles as mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, can seem nearly impossible at times. This workshop for parents with children birth through elementary school will focus on:

Understanding the unique contributions of each parent

Appreciating different styles and roles with children

Exploring gender roles and levels of participation

Developing ways to work as a team and resolve differences

One or both parents are invited to attend. Dr. Miriam Gofseyoff, mother of two, is a clinical psychologist with a practice in Concord. She consistently receives high marks from parents for her insight, empathy and useful information. 2 Tuesdays, October 16 & 23, 7 ­ 9 PM @ The Ripley Building $15 for an individual/$20 per couple

Raising Your Challenging Child

This 8-week series is for parents who often feel challenged by a child who is uncooperative and has a hard time with basic activities, such as mealtime and dressing. Parents of 2 to 5-year olds will learn about how temperament affects parent-child interactions and how becoming aware of your child's vulnerabilities and your own can help you to anticipate problems and make successful adaptations. Led by Patricia Marquis, LICSW. Co-sponsored with First Connections. 8 Mondays, Oct. 15 ­ Dec.3, 8:30 p.m. A Place To Grow, Bedford. Limit 12. Due to funding from the Children's Trust Fund, a fee of $40 is requested but not required. Childcare is available free of charge must pre-register. Call First Connections at (978) 287-0221 for enrollmentinformation.

Healthy Attitudes about Sexuality in an MTV World

Today's "tweeners" - 9 to 13 year olds are bombarded with popular culture messages about sexuality: sexual behavior, relationships, bodies, gender roles, and what's "sexy". This workshop will focus on how we can foster the development of healthy concepts of sexuality. Topics will include:

clarifying our individual values and hopes for our children's growth as sexual beings

identifying common concerns

reviewing major developmental issues for boys and girls

examining how children learn about sexuality and relationships

sharing strategies for encouraging communication

discussing how to set limits around common problems and "hot issues"

Led by Dr. Deborah Weinstock-Savoy, a psychologist with 17 years of experience who specializes in leading parenting workshops in schools . Dr. Weinstock-Savoy is the mother of three children, aged 16, 10, & 7. Wednesdays November 28 & December 5, 7:00 ­ 9:00 PM, $25/person, $45/Couple at the Ripley Building Conference Room, please register with CPT.

Healthy Body Image-Healthy Body

This workshop will offer strategies for fostering a positive attitude about size and shape, countering the culture of thinness and avoiding the dangers of disordered eating. Participants will explore current and long held popular beliefs about size, shape and eating which serve to undermine the health of our teenagers. For parents of boys and girls. Alice Rosen, MS. Ed., LMHC, mother of 3, lectures on prevention and intervention of disordered eating. Monday November 19, 7 ­ 9:00 PM. $15/person, $25/couple at the Ripley Building, please register with CPT

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