Parents and caregivers listen to Jonathan Cathermantalk about Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families during a JJAB parenting workshop last spring. Courtesy/UNM-LA
The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) have teamed up once again to develop a free workshop for parents and caregivers who are looking to equip themselves with the tools and skills necessary to raise healthy, well-balanced children.
The new workshop, Parenting University: Tool Up For Parenting, is designed primarily for parents and caregivers of elementary school-aged children, but those with children outside of that age group are still welcome to attend.
Parenting University: Tool Up For Parenting,will be held on Saturday, October 24, 8:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m., in Building 2 on the UNM-LA campus. The cost is free and registration is required. A light breakfast and mid-morning refreshments will be served.
Free childcare for children ages six months through pre-schoolwill be provided by the Ark Child Development Center. Parents are encouraged to call the Ark at 662.4822 no later than Wednesday, October 21 to sign up for childcare.
Enrichment activities for children K–6, will be provided at the workshop site. Parents should call UNM-LA Community Education at 662.0346 to sign their children up for those activities.
Attendees will have a choice between two concurrent morning sessions. Kristine Colblentz will discuss Mindfulness for Families. Colblentz says, “Mindfulness is simply paying attention with curiosity and kindness to our breath, bodies, thoughts, feelings, and the world around us. Families can use mindfulness to focus more, stress less, respond rather than react, and enjoy the present moment.” Coblentz has extensive experience working with children, youth, and families and is excited about sharing mindfulness with the community. She is trained in the Mindful Motherhood, Still Quiet Place, MindUP, and .b Mindfulness curricula–all evidence-based programs.
The other morning session is by Kristy Nadler and is titled What to Expect as Your Child Grows: Child Development and The School Age Child. This will be an active learning session for parents to learn about normal developmental milestones for children ages 5-12. Nadler holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology, is a certified doula, and a professor of psychology and student success at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
After a refreshment break, the next pair of concurrent sessions will begin with Diane Marascuilo presenting Mindful Parenting and The Well Developed Child: Effective Strategies That Work. This session is designed to raise parents’ awareness and equip them with the tools they need to raise healthy, well-balanced children. Marascuilo is a nationally certified school psychologist with extensive experience working with children and families.
To round out the second set of sessions, Cindy Lafon with Parents Reaching Out, will present Recipes for Individualized Education Program (IEP) Success: Special Education Services for Children and Families.This session will cover Special Education services and other support systems for children. Parents will discover how good record keeping can make a difference for their child as well as ways to build relationships through good communication. In addition, parents will learn about effective IEP teams and their place on the team while also learning strategies for communicating with schools.
Gabe Baca, UNM-LA Community Education Program Manager said, “After putting on a successful series of workshops last year, it is great to be able to continue working with JJAB to provide the information and support that families are asking for.”
For more information and to register online, visit http://tinyurl.com/p5a7v3o. UNM-LA Community Education may be reached at 505.662.0346.