Parent and Caregiver Workshops

 
Parent and caregiver workshops are offered through the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, a program of the Wakefield Public Schools in collaboration with Hallmark Health System. 

Reaching All Children
Thursday, Jan. 25 and Tuesday, Feb. 27 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marsha Caron Theater, Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford (enter through the Medford Family Network)
Registration required (781) 393-2106

Sponsored by the Medford Family Network, Malden CFCE, Everett CFCE and the NSCFRN. Pre-registration required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (781) 393-2106. There is no charge for this workshop. Limited childcare is available.

Not all children have the same profile, but all children possess varying amounts of strengths that combine in highly personal ways. When children have the opportunities to learn through their strengths, unexpected and positive changes appear. This two-part series examines an expanded image of what it means to be smart so we free the potential and creative expression of each child, through practical applications of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald, Certified Human Behavior Consultant. Added bonus for parents – follow up workshops to “Reaching All Children” facilitated by Marie-Levey Pabst, Parent Educator, Create Balance. Wednesdays, Jan. 31 and Mar. 7, 7 – 8:30 PM. Call (781) 393-2106 to pre-register.



Ready for Kindergarten? What Teachers Want You to Know
Thursday, March 29, 7 – 9 p.m. 
Location: Perkins Hall, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
Registration required (781) 246-5187

Learn what teachers REALLY expect from your child when they walk in the door in September.  What developmental skills does your child need to have to be a successful student?  What can you do at home to get them ready?  Learn this and more at this informational workshop.  

The free workshop is presented by Debbie G. Sharp, M.Ed., Education Consultant and owner of Who's Learning Now.  Registration required. Call (781) 246-5187.



Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Harmony

The North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network offers a support and resource group for grandparents raising their grandchildren or kinship caregivers. The program meets twice a month from September through June.  The program includes speakers and workshops as well as sessions to share our stories with other caregivers. 

For additional information, call the office a (781) 246-5187 or confidentially e-mail Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Resolving Everyday Conflicts: Raising A Thinking and Feeling Child

Wednesday, Apr. 11 and Thursday, May 10 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marsha Caron Theater, Medford High School, 489 Winthrop Street, Medford (enter through the Medford Family Network)
Registration required (781) 393-2106

Sponsored by the Medford Family Network, Malden CFCE, Everett CFCE and the NSCFRN. Pre-registration required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (781) 393-2106. There is no charge for this workshop. Limited childcare is available.

People of all ages have problems and challenges that create conflicts. Conflict is not to be avoided, but the mishandling of conflict should be. Children that have tools to resolve their conflicts are less easily frustrated, less likely to fly off the handle when things do not go their way, less aggressive and more likely to care about others. This two-part series will provide a model of problem solving that helps children: (1) think about what to do when faced with a problem with another person, (2) think about the consequences, (3) decide whether or not an idea is the “best” one, (4) realize that others have different perspectives and to think about them. Presented by Jeanine Fitzgerald, Certified Human Behavior Consultant.



Maneuvering the Maze

Wednesdays, April 4, 11 and 25 7-9 p.m.
Location:  Perkins Hall, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon Street, Melrose.
Registration required: Call Judy Santa Maria at EMARC (781) 587-2314 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When a child has special needs, locating supports can be an overwhelming process!  Presenters will provide an overview of the available services and how to access them.  Learn about working with school systems and special education laws, government benefits and family support.  There is no charge for these workshops.  This series is sponsored by EMARC, The North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network, The Medford Family Network, Mass Families Organizing for Change and Riverside Community Care.

Certificate of Attendance will be available through EMARC.



Anxious Children, Anxious Parents; Resolving Everyday Conflicts

Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m.—9 p.m. 
Galvin Middle School, 525 Main Street, Wakefield
Registration information to follow

Anxiety in many children has a generational link, with patterns of worry and anxiety being passed from parents to children. But what parents (and other adults) often intuitively do to help anxious children actually serves to strengthen these patterns. Lynn addresses these patterns head on, and equips families with an alternative approach that focuses on active engagement over avoidant behavior. Lynn Lyons is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Concord, NH. In private practice for 28 years she specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children.

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