Purposeful Parenting Workshops in February

Two workshops for parents in February

Mary B. Moore, a child therapist at Southeast Psych, will lead two free workshops for parents of children ages 4 to 16. All are welcome for interactive, informative discussions. Come to one or both. If you'd like to join us for hot dinner in the Fellowship Hall beforehand, click here to make a reservation.

Part One - Purposeful Parenting: How to Raise Resilient Children
Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall 207 
Rooted in the latest research in parenting, resiliency, positive psychology and behavioral science, this session distills expert knowledge into simple, effective, and practical skills to help parents and children flourish.

Part Two - Purposeful Parenting: Strengthening Children's Social & Emotional Skills 
Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in FH207
Develop a deeper understanding of your child's strengths (what is working) and needs (what areas need developing) and practical strategies to enhance both areas.

Mary B. shares thoughts on these topics below.

Q. In today’s world, what are the qualities of a ‘resilient child’ and how are those qualities different from 10 or 15 years ago?
A resilient child is one who can cope with challenges and bounce back from setbacks. Today's world poses more adversity and stressors on families. The need is even greater to cultivate healthy coping, problem solving, relationship skills, and a sense of optimism, so that children can grow and thrive.

Q. When you talk with parents, what is the most common misconception that you encounter about what it means to raise a resilient child?
The belief that hardship or failure and the associated stress are bad for a child. The belief that if I protect my child from distress and failure, my child will feel better and therefore, do better. When, in fact the opposite is true. It is a natural instinct for parents to want to protect their children. Well-intentioned parents, however, can fall into the pitfall of over-protection, or "helicopter" parenting. This can rob a child of resiliency-building opportunities.

Q. Do you think parenting in today’s culture is more difficult than it was for earlier generations?
Parenting today has unique challenges, namely the role of technology, video games and social media. I've seen the positive ways that technology and social media connect parents to other parents and fortify their village of support. I've also witnessed the dark side - the insurmountable stress and struggles parents experience when managing technology use with their kids, who oftentimes are more tech-savvy than their parents.

Mary B. Moore, LCSW is a child therapist at Southeast Psych who specializes in parenting, anxiety, Aspergers, grief/loss, and social and emotional skill development. Mary B.'s passion is to help children and parents develop the skills to be their best and experience success. Mary B. is the creator of the Purposeful Parenting™ Program at Southeast Psych; author of the Friends and Feelings™ social emotional learning curriculum; and Co-founder of The Epiphany School of Charlotte, a nonprofit independent school uniquely designed for students with Aspergers and other social communication differences. Through purposeful integration of strong academics, social emotional skill learning, and a nurturing family-like community, Epiphany students develop the skills and self-confidence to thrive in school and in life. www.TheEpiphanySchool.com