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PARENT TALKS: Body Image, Tween Girls & More

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 6:15 am in Parenting Issues.

Body Image (Troy Oxford illustration)“Teen Body Image”
March 3 at 7 p.m., Acalanes High School Theater, Lafayette
Parent workshop on body image, sexuality, eating and exercise. Free. (Need more info?)

“Cool Night: Middle School”
March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Alhambra High, Martinez
This free, College Opportunities/Opportunities for Life workshop for middle school parents and kids is sponsored by the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

“Sister-to-Sister Summit”
March 7 at Orinda Intermediate School
A workshop for middle school girls, sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Lamorinda chapter.

“Childhood Matters: Health & Nutrition”
March 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Green 960 AM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN and Amor Santiago, director of Healthy Silicon Valley, discuss guidelines for healthy eating and active kids.

“Family Life & Spirituality: Marriage”
March 8 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill. A new 5-part series of parenting workshops explores family life and spirituality in this modern, hectic world. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Herbert Anderson, Lutheran Pastor, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

“Dr. Toy, Kids and Playthings”
March 10 at 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 451 Moraga Way, Orinda
Speaker: Dr. Toy, internationally renowned toy expert and child development specialist Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, talks about play as a tool for developing young minds, imagination, resourcefulness, social interaction, problem-solving skills and resilience. This talk is sponsored by the Lamorinda Moms Club for current and prospective members. Social time begins at 7 p.m., and the presentation at 7:30. Free.

“Children and a Healthy Media Environment”
March 11 at 7 p.m. at Wagner Ranch Elementary School Library, Orinda
Presentation by Dr. Richard Freed on how to protect your child from addiction to video games and the Internet. Sponsored by the Wagner Ranch Parents Club.

“Ask the Expert: Autism, ADHD & Other Issues”
March 12 at 7 p.m., Danville (2nd Thursday of each month)
Diablo Behavioral Healthcare’s new free, monthly “Ask the Expert” series addresses the more difficult issues in parenting – ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias, anxiety, school refusal, tantrums, autistic spectrum questions and more. (Free, but reservations required. Call 925-648-4800.)

“Childhood Matters: Children of Incarcerated Parents”
March 14 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Green 960 AM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN and panelists discuss the unique challenges facing families whose parents are in jail.

“Family Life & Spirituality: Families in the Old Testament”
March 15 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill. Part 3 in a 5-part series of parenting workshops on family life and spirituality in this modern, hectic world. Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Endres, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

“College Admissions & Testing Requirements”
March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Library
Speaker: Monte Vista High teacher Van Tsai, author of an SAT study guide, shares tips on college admissions, requirements, the SAT and ACT. Free.

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