While kids and teens face different challenges today than they did 10 years ago, some remain the same. The Connect program is a resource open to all parents and guardians within the surrounding community who seek to learn how to talk with their youth about modern day struggles. Each session will be led by a local professional who will focus on a relevant topic. Childcare and light refreshments will be provide.
This is a FREE opportunity, but please RSVP, especially if you are in need of childcare.
September 5 - Technology Safety: Dangerous Apps and Social Media Pitfalls
Led by: Todd Shirley, Chief Operations Officer, Forsyth County Schools
Todd Shirley will lead a talk on dangerous apps to look out for, and precautions to consider regarding social media. As a part of the Department of School Safety for Forsyth County, Shirley can provide insight into real issues they've experienced within our community.
September 12 - Bullying: How to Empower Your Child in the Face of Bullying
Led by Mariah Dantzler, Play Therapist and Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Summit Counseling
Do you know the warning signs of bullying? Bullying doesn't only happen in person, it happens online too, and Mariah Dantzler can provide suggestions for how to handle this sensitive situation, from determining if your child is being bullied to deciding what authority figures need to be involved. Come with your questions, and Ms. Dantzler will provide the answers.
September 19 - From Conflict to Connection: Communication Strategies for Parents Who Want Less Yelling and More Cooperation
Brent Sweitzer, Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist, Sweitzer Counseling
Why won't you listen and do what I say?!' If you've ever found yourself saying or thinking this while relating to your kids, there's hope. In this interactive workshop with Brent Sweitzer, we'll uncover the hidden reasons kids push back on their parents and learn practical strategies to change that pattern. We'll learn how to listen so that kids will talk. And we'll learn how to talk so that crucial parenting messages come across - that we care about their inner life and believe in them.