Seminar date: Wednesday October 27, 2010

We had a healthy turnout for the Of One Mind seminar “Building a Good Foundation” yesterday at the Marquez Charter Elementary School. Richard spoke about the brain development of children as discussed in Jay N. Giedd’s writing and also mentioned Carol Dweck’s book “Mind Set: addressing the differences between a growth and a closed mindset.

Richard also referenced Diana Baumrind’s work on the 3 styles of parenting (authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive) and discussed A. Rae Simpson’s 5 steps of parenting which are:

  1. Love and connect
  2. Monitor and observe
  3. Guide and limit
  4. Model and consult
  5. Provide and advocate

Richard stressed that going “low and slow” is a great strategy in times of conflict to deescalate, rather than escalate tensions. He also cited studies confirming that children need 9.5 hours of sleep every night to insure proper brain development.

Kim Marshall recommended a fantastic documentary called “Waiting For Superman.” Richard will be back at Marquez in early December for the next seminar. We will see you then. Please check out our website seminar calendar for more information about free parent seminars that occur every other Wednesday night at 7pm here at our office at 2001 South Barrington Suite #300. Parents are welcome, sandwiches are served.

Hope to see you there.

Seminar date: Tuesday October 19, 2010

The Paul Revere parent seminar with Richard Cohen on Tuesday October 19th, 2010 was well attended. Parents presented a variety of concerns for raising middle school aged children. A common theme was how to deal with social issues, especially when your child is not being included. Two wonderful books that delve into this issue are The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel and Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Wendy Mogel’s book is a wonderful account of how to let your child have ‘difficult experiences’ in a safe and appropriate setting and then use them as teaching moments. Although the bi-line of the book claims to use Jewish Teachings, this book transcends any particular faith and is a must read for all parents. Wiseman’s book covers the tween/teen age experience for girls in middle and high school. A great book for the parents of boys is Raising Cain, Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson.


Seminar date: Tuesday September 27, 2010

We had a great meeting this morning at Paul Revere Middle School. Twenty parents attended the seminar “Under Construction-The Teenage Brain”. We covered a lot of ground on the topic, answered some questions, and as always raised even more questions for the next meeting. Parents, please remember that you are welcome to attend meetings at Pali High, as well as our in-house seminars every other Wednesday night, here at our office at 2001 Barrington Ave., Suite 300. Please check out our calendar for upcoming dates, times and topics.

Two books that might interest you that Richard mentioned are:
-Mind Set by Carol Dweck
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

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Richard also mentioned research done by A Rae Simpson on media:

A few parents asked for movie suggestions for teens and families to watch together. I will post that in a few days.

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