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PARENT TALKS: Friendships, Homework & More

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, February 1st, 2010 at 5:37 am in Parenting Issues.

A schoolboy's tale (Illus. by Chris Ware/MCT) Children’s Friendships
Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek
Annie Fox moderates a talk on how to help youngsters develop and keep good friendships and relationships. Tickets $15, teachers free. Info at

Get on the Road to College
Feb. 6 at 1 and 2:30 p.m., Dejean Middle School, Richmond
The Gooden Family Scholarship Fund and the West Contra Costa Unified School District are sponsoring the fifth annual “Get on the Road to College” event, which pairs high school juniors (and their parents) with a professional college adviser for a private session. Free. Reservations required: 510-526-1985.

Good Oral Health for Kids
Feb. 7 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on
Nurse Rona and guests Dr. Leticia Mendoza, DDS, and Margaret Fisher, RDHAP, BS, an oral health consultant with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, discuss ways to prevent dental disease and how to tackle the “I don’t want to brush” challenge.

Eating Disorders: A Mother and Daughter Tell a Story of Healing
Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., Temple Isaiah, Lafayette
Talk by Sheila and Lisa Himmel, the authors of the memoir “Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia,” talk about Lisa’s process of recovery from anorexia and bulimia. Book signing and refreshments from 7 to 7:30 p.m., book talk at 7:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by P’tach Libeynu (Open Our Hearts), the mental health outreach program of a coalition of Jewish synagogues and agencies in Central Contra Costa County. $5 suggested donation. RSVP: .

Childhood Matters: Happiness
Feb. 14 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on
Nurse Rona’s book club continues with a discussion with Dr. Christine Carter, author of “Raising Happiness: Ten Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents.”

The Truth About Girls’ Middle School Experience
Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., Joaquin Moraga Intermediate, Moraga
The Lamorinda AAUW hosts a panel discussion for parents on girls’ middle school experiences, including a Q-and-A session with four Acalanes district high school girls.

Early Identification of Social and Emotional Problems
Feb. 21 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on
Nurse Rona and Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey discuss the importance of developmental screening at regular doctor visits as a tool for early intervention.

Helping Teens With Homework Headaches
Feb. 28 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on
The fifth in Childhood Matters’ six-part series on navigating the teen years. Nurse Rona and co-host Beth Samuelson, MA, of Student Organizational Services, discuss ways to help students manage their homework load.

Couple’s Workshop: Art & Skill of a Happy Marriage
March 6 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Founder’s Grove, Lafayette
A couple’s workshop designed to jump-start your relationship and put conflicts to rest, led by Contra Costa Men’s Center director Steven Freemire, MFT, and Catherine Freemire, LCSW. $199 per couple ($169 by Feb. 6).

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