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PARENT TALKS: Toys, Tech & Adoption

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 5:42 am in Parenting Issues.

Toys R Us in New York City (Alejandra Villa/Newsday/MCT)“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, discusses play as a tool for developing young minds, imagination, resourcefulness and social interaction. This talk is sponsored by the Lamorinda Moms Club for members and prospective members. Social time begins at 7 p.m., and the presentation at 7:30. Free.

Sibling Relationships
March 10 at 7 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Meg Zweiback, RN, leads a workshop on sibling dynamics. Free. (Childcare available for $5, reservations required.)

“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.

“Physical and Emotional Impact of Sports on Middle School Kids”
March 18 at 7 p.m. at Stanley Middle School, Lafayette.
A physical therapist and a sports psychology consultant talk about middle school kids, sports and burnout. Free. Info? Contact Vera Babor.

“Childhood Matters: Economic Crisis and Fathers”
March 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Green 960 AM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN and panelist Dr. Will Courtenay discuss the economic recession, layoffs and the impact on children.

“Parent First Aid & Emergency Care for Babies & Small Children”
March 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
A two-session class on lifesaving techniques, including pediatric CPR today, and safety and first aid next time. (The 2-class workshop costs $50 per person, $70 for couples, reservations required. Call 510-658-7353.)

“Family Life & Spirituality: Grandparenting”
March 22 at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill. Part 4 in a 5-part series of parenting workshops on family life and spirituality in this modern, hectic world. Speaker: Rose Mary Moore, Dean of Students, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

“Adoption Book Group”
March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
This book group for adoptive parents focuses on books about race and parenting issues. This time, it’s “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria” by Beverly Daniel Tatum. Free.

“Childhood Matters: Positive Discipline”
March 28 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Green 960 AM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN and panelist Stephanie Agnew, parent education coordinator for Parents Place, discuss ways to raise respectful, well disciplined, compassionate children.

“Parent First Aid & Emergency Care for Babies & Small Children”
March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Part two of the lifesaving class focuses on safety and first aid. (The 2-class workshop costs $50 per person, $70 for couples, reservations required. Call 510-658-7353.)

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