Power of Parenting series kicks off Tuesday

The 2017-18 series of free Power of Parenting workshops opens Tuesday with presenter Dr. Janette Polkinghorn addressing the topic of “Increasing Self-Esteem and Independence.”

Polkinghorn is a school psychologist with Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District. She’ll give parents ways to most effectively use praise and discuss how to build a sense of personal strength and independence in children. The importance of encouraging a growth mindset rather than thinking a child’s capabilities are fixed will also be covered.

The free 90-minute program takes place in the media venter at Thunder Bay Junior High beginning at 6 p.m. Registration deadline is end of the day Monday by calling Partners In Prevention at 356-2880 or 1-800-354-2880. Limited slots for free childcare are available.

Registration also is open for the second workshop being held Oct. 17, also at 6 p.m. in the TBJH Media Center and also featuring Polkinghorn. The topic is “Ask a School Psychologist.” It’s an opportunity for parents to bring their questions about child development, behavior, and school challenges for an open question-and-answer session.

On Nov. 21, Paige Bilyeu will present “Have a New Kid by Friday,” based on the award-winning book by Dr. Kevin Leman. Bilyeu, a NEMCSA school success worker, will speak at Ella White School Library beginning at 6 p.m. Parents will discover what they can do to respond differently to their child’s plea for attention. Laughter and hope are guaranteed.

Following a break in December, Power of Parenting workshops resume on the third Tuesday of the month. January through April topics include Joking, Teasing, or Bullying? (There Is a Difference), Picky Eaters and Foods, Important Decisions for New Parents, and Behavior Management.

Power of Parenting activities are planned by the Parenting Education Team. They are designed to build protective factors promoted by the Strengthening Families framework. Funding support comes from United Way of Northeast Michigan and the Alpena/Presque Isle Child Abuse and Neglect Team.