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PARENT TALKS: College Cash, Mean Girls and More

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, September 15th, 2008 at 6:04 am in Contest, Kids & Tweens, Parenting Issues.

Playground “College Financial Planning”
Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Martinez Adult Ed Center. College financial planning workshop. ($19)

“Air Quality & Children’s Health Forum”
Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., Benicia High School Theater. A Benicia First public forum on community concerns about air quality, air pollution and children’s health, with panelists Ira Tager, MD., UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Center; Paul Roberts, Sonoma Technologies, Inc.; and Jenny Bard, RN, American Lung Association of California.

“Booties Camp: Language and Brain Development”
Sept. 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland. Second in a series of five “Baby Basics” classes for new and expectant parents on breastfeeding, diapering, baby-proofing, time management and other issues. (Register with Bananas.)

“Childhood Matters: When Baby Sleeps, Everyone’s Happy”
Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and 105.1 KOCN-FM. Host Rona Renner and perinatal educator Karen Pollack discuss sleep strategies.

“Understanding Your Middle School Child”
Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at The Creek Youth Center, Walnut Creek. Michael Simon, family therapist and founder of Practical Help for Parents, leads a discussion on tweens, psychological development, middle school and parenting challenges. (Free but rsvp.)

“Booties Camp: Baby Yoga”
Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland. Third in a series of five “Baby Basics” classes for new and expectant parents. (Register with Bananas.)

“Special Education Community Resource Fair”
Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cameron School, 7140 Gladys Ave., El Cerrito. West Contra Costa school district resources fair for parents and the community. Lunch provided. For info, call Jeanine Bishop at 510-526-8631.

“Childhood Matters: The Economic Crisis and Families”
Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and 105.1 KOCN-FM. Host Rona Renner and panelists discuss the impact of the current economic crisis on families.

“It’s Not Just ‘Mean Girls': Understanding Relational Aggression, a Toolkit for Parents”
Sept. 30 at 6:45 p.m., Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek. Panel discussion on mean girls, social aggression and ways to instill empathy and raise cooperative, constructive, responsible young adults. ($15 per person, teachers are free, click here to register.)

“Parent Primer: What to Expect in High School”
Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Campolindo High Library, Moraga
Michael Simon, MFT, gives a year-by-year guide to the teen years, including discipline, sexuality, communication and substance abuse issues. Sponsored by Campolindo parents’ club and the Acalanes High School District Adult Education Center.

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