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PARENT TALKS: 10 Great Dates & More

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, May 26th, 2008 at 6:15 am in Parenting Issues.

Bird bee OK, we take back what we said last week. There are still loads of parenting workshops ahead, including several you can listen to in your jammies, and another with the intriguing title “10 Great Dates” – with your spouse! Here’s the line-up:

“Loving Your Single Parent or Step Family”
May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Residence Inn, Pleasanton.
Speaker: Donald R. Partridge, author of “Loving Your Stepfamily: The Art of Making Your Blending Family Work.” Sponsored by the Institute for Family Research and Education. Free.

“Childhood Matters”
June 1 at 9 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and 105.1 KOCN-FM
Childhood Matters’ Rona Renner and panelists talk about parenting issues every Sunday morning.

“10 Great Dates”
June 20-Aug. 29 from 7 to 9:15 p.m.at Danville’s Community Presbyterian Church
A 10-week series designed to energize marriages and strengthen families. Couples meet every Friday night for light hor d’ oeuvres and a 20-minute video on such topics as parenting, communication, becoming an encouraging spouse and building a creative love life. There’s childcare for kids in 1st through 5th grades (babysitting vouchers available for younger kids), and after the video, you’re supposed to take your spouse to dinner – they’re even providing discount vouchers for Valley restaurants – to reconnect on a deeper level. Sponsored by the Marriage and Family Ministry of the church, but they says it’s not “churchy.” (One time charge of $15 per couple plus $10 for the book.)

“Why Setting Limits is Difficult But Important”
June 25 at 7 p.m. the Swedenborgian Church, San Francisco
Speaker: Psychologist Barbara Sapienza. Free. Sponsored by the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and Swedenborgian Church.

“Power Parenting: Cyberbullying”
July 9 at 7 p.m. at Loma Vista Adult Center, Room B-1, 1266 San Carlos Ave., Concord. Speaker: Karen Lingenfelter. The first in a three-part Mt. Diablo Adult Ed series on parenting issues, this workshop focuses on technology, cyberbullies and how to protect your child. ($10 per session or $25 for all three;call 925-685-7340 ext. 2771 for details.)

“Power Parenting: Building Self Esteem In Your Child”
July 16 at 7 p.m. at Loma Vista Adult Center, Room B-1, 1266 San Carlos Ave., Concord. Speaker: Karen Lingenfelter. Learn easy, effective ways to enhance self-esteem through positive communication and discipline during this Mt. Diablo Adult Ed workshop, the second in a 3-part series. ($10; call 925-685-7340 ext. 2771 for details.)

“Power Parenting: Frustration – Yours and Theirs”
July 23 at 7 p.m. at Loma Vista Adult Center, Room B-1, 1266 San Carlos Ave., Concord. Speaker: Karen Lingenfelter. The final Mt. Diablo Adult Ed parenting workshop in this series deals with frustration triggers, anger and coping mechanisms for you and your child. ($10; call 925-685-7340 ext. 2771 for details.)

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