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    Upcoming Events

    The Good Enough Parent: How to Have an Imperfect Family and be Perfectly Satisfied
    (REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-have-an-imperfect-family-and-be-perfectly-satisfied-tickets-37115357032)

    Date:             Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
    Location:        College of Marin AUDITORIUM- James Dunn Theater
                         835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904  View Map

    In THE GOOD ENOUGH PARENT: How to Have an Imperfect Family and Be Perfectly Satisfied, noted psychologist Brad Sachs helps parents to recognize both the sources and consequences of their unrealistic expectations for their children. By freeing themselves from the crippling pursuit of perfection--and from false notions about who their child should be, rather than who he actually is--Dr. Sachs believes that parents can build loving, supporting, and realistic relationships with their children, and that those flawed and loveable children will grow to their full potential. Dr. Sachs identifies the five stages of reconciliation, providing persuasive anecdotal evidence, and sharing stories from his many years as a family therapist (as well as his own time spent in the parenting trenches). The stories, which cover the spectrum from birth through the teenage years, will resonate with exhausted parents and overextended children everywhere. Dr. Sachs supplies hands-on exercises that guide parents to a greater understanding of how they can be good enough, rather than perfect, parents, and how they can attain a healthier dynamic within the family.

    How to Tame Your Teen by Taming Yourself First:

    A Mindfulness Based Approach to Parenting

    (REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-tame-your-teen-by-taming-yourself-first-tickets-37297216980 )


    Date:               Tuesday, November 7th, 7 - 8:30 pm

    Location:         Mill Valley Community Center


    Do you want more moments of connection and less conflict with your teen? Do you want to stop that knee jerk reaction when your teen pushes those same buttons and the same argument unfolds again? Ann Arora and Wynn Burkett will help parents and guardians use mindfulness techniques like breathing, meditation and visualization to help regulate their own emotions when interacting with their teens. Over the course of this evening, parents will learn how to stop focusing on changing their teens and instead learn ways to change their own behavior to improve their day-to-day dealings with their young adults. By understanding more about the growing teenage brain and learning about mindfulness in the context of parenting, parents and guardians can tame their sometimes destructive responses to their teens. This evening’s experience will give parents useful tools that they can use as soon as they walk out the door. Ann and Wynn have a combined 15 years of expertise in teaching and workshop facilitation. Ann is a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Wynn is an author, MBA, certified coach and founder of the Golden Gate Mothers' Group. Most importantly, they are both parents of teenagers and understand the everyday challenges of trying to be mindful parents. 


    Being Adept


    Date:               Tuesday, November 28th, 6:30-8 pm

    Location:         Del Mar Middle School


    The mission of Being Adept is to prevent alcohol and drug abuse among adolescents through a research and science school-based curriculum that empowers youth and their parents to make informed, healthy choices. Being Adept professionals ensure that parents receive the training they need to engage in an ongoing, vital dialog with their children. Research on emotionally healthy teens point to the need for specific parenting practices. Building the kind of connection that keeps kids close while at the same time, honoring the individuation and separation process is a challenging yet critical element of effective parenting. Before parents’ voices become marginalized by their children’s ever-present world of text messaging and social media, we help you build a foundation for communication. Parents will leave this program equipped with the tools, strategies and protocols to raise healthy teens. Topics to be covered include:


    • How to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol
    • How to talk about your own use
    • Understand national stats and local stats
    • Understand drugs of choice in your community
    • Understand risk factors and protective factors
    • View role play scenarios to help guide your parenting



    Social Media Wellness:  Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World


    Date:               Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7-8:30 pm

    Location:         Edna Maguire School, Mill Valley


    Ana Homayoun is a nationally recognized counselor and consultant and has recently released her new book Social Media Wellness:  Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.  The goal of  this program is to create greater conversation and spur change to promote better habits online and in real life.  The author has created supplemental resources as part of her written work to encourage additional/greater conversation among families and communities.


    Empathy + Authority: A Balanced Approach to Parenting


    Date:               Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7-8:30 pm

    Location:         Bel Aire Staff Development Room


    RUSD parents and MFTs Noah and Stacey Kempler will deliver this presentation, which is suitable for all ages and will focus on:


    • Developing empathic parenting skills
    • Fostering parent-child emotional connection
    • Promoting empathy for others
    • Exercising appropriate authority
    • Creating structure and consistency in parenting
    • Fostering responsibility and accountability
    • Combining empathy and authority for a balanced approach