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"You're about to be late for your first day of middle school!"
(photo from the feature film "Diary of a Wimpy Kid")
It's not too early for your fifth-grader (and your family) to be ready for ...
The Big Transition to Middle School!
Fifth-graders face special social pressures, especially as they get ready to enter middle school. It’s not too early to prepare your children (and your family) for the big transition ahead.
With this Encompass program, your fifth-grader will learn:
• How to choose positive friends
• Healthy ways to deal with stress
• Peer-pressure resistance skills
• Positive management of emotions
With this program, YOU will learn:
• What to expect from your fifth-grader
• How to set limits and show love during the teen and pre-teen years
• More than a dozen tools to effectively be a parent to teens
Both parents and the fifth-graders attend this four-night series. Each session has an hour in which parents and the fifth-graders meet separately, then an hour when they meet together. A meal is served. Up to 10 families can register. This parenting series is offered FREE of charge. Register at www.encompassnw.org!
Instructors for parents:Liann Smith is a certified Parent-Child Interaction Training / Therapy (PCIT) coach and an independent facilitator of the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent curricula. She completed a certificate in parenting coaching at the Parent Coaching Institute in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University. She has an undergraduate degree in child development and biblical studies. She also is the mother of three grown children. For more than 17 years, she has worked with hundreds of families with children as a church ministry director and teacher.
Robin Walbeck-Forrest, trained in the "Parenting Skills for a Lifetime" and "Strengthening Families" programs, has been a parent educator for Encompass since 2005. She often has said that parenting is the hardest job and that growing up is the second hardest job. Robin's philosophy is that a combination of open communication and a collection of "tools in the toolbox" will allow for a rewarding experience between parent and child. Robin is married and has a 10-year-old daughter.
Instructors for the fifth-graders:
Nikki Slaght (pronounced SLOTT) is an Australian expatriate who has lived in the United States since 2003. She is married and has a 6-year-old son. She has worked at Encompass for seven years, primarily in preschool and toddler classes. She has taught parenting-education classes for more than a year. “I really enjoy it,” she says, “and I look forward to spending time with you and getting to know your family.”
Four-week class series, 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 29 through May 20, 2013, Swedish Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive, Issaquah Highlands
Registration is required.
ONLINE REGISTRATION for each of these classes is available! Click here to register.
For more info, contact: Kerry Beymer, Parenting Support and Education manager, 425.888.2777, Ext.1202.
To see and print out a flier for the class, click The Big Transition to Middle School.
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