Events


Growing A Grownup

posted Apr 3, 2017, 9:06 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 6:23 AM by Sarah Roehrich ]

Vicki Hoefle
Parenting Event & Book Signing 
with Vicki Hoefle

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)

Savings Bank Theater
Wakefield High School
60 Farm Street, Wakefield, MA

Register online

In this upbeat, informational presentation, parents will be pleasantly surprised by the reasons to “zip-it” and will find comfort and confidence in their ability to parent their children, all while preparing them for the world outside their home. Vicki provides insight as to why all the over parenting, nagging, hovering, and helicopter parenting is not working out for you or your child and identifies five of the biggest parenting obstacles and how you can “clear away the clutter” and create clarity that will guide your family for years.

We know parents play a huge role in the dynamics of the family and you will learn how to:
  • Invest in the relationship with your children in ways that foster independence and self-reliance.
  • Support the development of self-discipline, self-control and discernment without punishment or rewards.
  • Remain emotionally available for your kids as they are faced with more difficult daily challenges increasing their sense of competency and influencing their self-image in healthy ways.
  • Provide the opportunity for your children to make informed decisions, so they are able to keep themselves healthy and safe along their journey to independence.
  • Keep your eye on the long-term responsibility of parenting and support the development of competencies that guide children as they mature.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all magic solution that will lead you into bliss but there is a one-sized-feels-awesome for-all outcome: a happy, stable family with children who can think for themselves and parents who can turn the lights out at the end of the day and say, I feel good about where we’re headed.

Cost: $5 at the door
Online Registration is encouraged
For Questions or Certificates of Attendance email:
jennifer@vickihoefle.com

Books Available for Sale!

Duct Tape Parenting $19.95
The Straight Talk on Parenting $16.95

About Vicki
Vicki Hoefle, author of Duct Tape Parenting and The Straight Talk on Parenting, leads parent education programs nationwide. Her informative and highly engaging presentation style keeps her in demand as a speaker, facilitator and educator.

4th Annual Wakefield Parent University

posted Feb 28, 2017, 3:24 PM by Sarah Roehrich

Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Benefit from the knowledge and advice of community experts through a variety of FREE workshops, focusing on your child’s educational experience and well-being. 

FREE Childcare provided by Wakefield Academy. Kid Camp will be a morning of fun activities for children ages 4-13. Children will be grouped by age and cycle through activities led by the staff at: Kids’ Test Kitchen, Pedro’s Judo Center, SportsZone, Kidcasso, and Wakefield Recreation.

Parents must register children for Kid Camp when registering for Parent University. Kid Camp registration closes March 3rd. 

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

posted Oct 28, 2016, 10:37 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 11:39 PM ]

Join us for a special screening of Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age on November 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Galvin Middle School, Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Directly following the short documentary we will have a panel discussion on strategies, tips, and current trends in Wakefield. Panelists will include GMS Principal CoIantuoni, a School Psychologist, Galvin's School Resource Officer, a parent, a middle school student, and a high school student. To help our panelists address parents' needs, we would like to hear from you before the event. Please take a moment and fill out this brief survey.

Sponsored by the Wakefield SE Parent Advisory Council, Wakefield Parent Partnership, Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition (Wake-Up), Galvin Middle School PTO, Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham & Wakefield, and the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library 

Will My Kid Grow Out of It?

posted Oct 20, 2015, 9:02 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Oct 24, 2015, 3:06 AM ]

Bonny Forrest
Bonny Forrest, J.D., Ph.D. 
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. 
The Savings Bank Theater 
Wakefield Memorial High School 
60 Farm Street 

Child expert, Dr. Bonny Forrest is coming to Wakefield! Author of, Will My Kid Grow Out of It? Dr. Forrest will share her expertise in helping parents determine whether their child’s behavior is typical for the age or, possibly, a sign of some-thing more serious they should look into. Using lay terms and concrete examples her book aids adults in establishing if their child may have a commonly diagnosed issue such as ADHD, depression, a learning disability, and others; where to go to get help; how to get support from schools and the medical community; and what questions to ask along the way.

Refreshments, raffles, book sales & book signing!
General admission : $5
Admission with Certificate of Attendance: $10
Book: $15
Wakefield teachers free with school ID!

About Dr. Forrest: A leader in the field of child development, Dr. Bonny Forrest has been an advocate for children for over twenty years. As a practicing attorney and a child psychologist, with specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology, she has vast experience in working with children in a variety of settings. She has been a researcher and clinician in academic and medical settings such as the Yale Child Study Center, has directed clinics serving low-income populations, and has conducted a private practice focusing on the assessment of cognitive and other developmental issues in children. For much of her career, she has worked with parents, clinicians, and schools to advocate for children, especially those with special needs. Dr. Forrest leads Project SKIP: Screening Kids for Intervention and Prevention, which is screening children for social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental issues. http://www.projectskip.com/about/dr-forrest




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The Language of Babies - Book Signing

posted Sep 9, 2015, 7:59 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 10:27 AM ]

Dr. Kevin Nugent
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
The Savings Bank Theater
Wakefield High School, 60 Farm St.
 
Wakefield Parent Partnership, Canterbury Children's Center, and North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network are pleased to host Dr. Kevin Nugent, an international expert on infant-parent communication, to present on "The Language of Babies." Dr. Nugent is a child psychologist and the director of the Brazelton Institute at Children's Hospital Boston. He is also co-author of the book Your Baby is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby with photographer Abelardo Morell. 

Dr. Nugent will discuss the history of how research involving babies has developed and changed over the last 50 years. He will talk about the importance of using tools, such as the Neonatal Behavioral Observation Scale, to help professionals and caretakers better understand babies' strengths and needs, facilitate communication, and promote bonding between babies and caretakers. He will also discuss strategies that can help caretakers and parents cue into babies' temperaments, levels of alertness, and nonverbal cues, which in turn can help strengthen the bonds between babies and caretakers.

Online registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcomed.

Wakefield Parent University

posted Feb 25, 2015, 9:26 PM by Andy Bray

Saturday, March 21st, 2015, 8:30am-12:00pm, Galvin Middle School (525 Main St.)

Carrie Stack
Featuring keynote speaker Carrie Stack, M. Ed., “The Power of Positive: Parents, children, & learning”. Parents/Caregivers of Wakefield students in Pre-school through High School are invited to attend this important learning opportunity. Participate in two workshops on topics including: How to raise & support your reader, Understanding BYOD and Google Apps, Common Core Standards K-5 & 6-12, Anxiety & Depression, Social Media/ Cyber Safety, Helping with Homework, Substance Abuse Prevention, College Financial Planning & more! Free Childcare*, Refreshments, Door Prizes, & Community Resources. Register by March 13th to be eleigible for free childcare. Register online!

Sponsored by Wakefield Public Schools, Wakefield Parent Partnership, and Wake-Up Coalition

Sexting, Selfies, and Snapchat: What Parents Need to Know About Teens Online

posted Oct 27, 2014, 9:41 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Oct 27, 2014, 9:58 PM ]

Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Galvin Middle School 

Sophie Godley
Boston University Professor Sophie Godley will give an overview of the most popular social networks being used today, including Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. 
- Discussion on the dangers lurking in cyberspace 
- Tips for parents to guide their children through confusing and potentially dangerous situations
- Q & A with student leaders

This event is FREE thanks to: Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition, Wakefield Parent Partnership, Galvin PTO, Wakefield Alliance Against Violence, & Wakefield Public Schools.

Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30), Galvin Middle School Cafe (Use Community Entrance), Refreshments will be served

Touchpoints: Birth to Age 6 with Dr. Jayne Singer

posted Sep 17, 2014, 12:14 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 7:23 PM ]

Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Savings Bank Theater, Wakefield High School. 

Dr. Jayne SingerDr. Jayne Singer will be speaking on Touchpoints: Birth-6.  The presentation will be directed towards parents and educators who have or work with children ages birth-6.  Dr. Singer is a clinical psychologist for the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Children's Hospital and the Clinical Director of the Child and Parent Program in the Developmental Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital.


According to Dr. T. 
 Berry Brazelton, pediatrician emeritus and founder of the Touchpoints Center, "Touchpoints" are defined as predictable times in early childhood, when a child's behavior regresses and temporarily falls apart before a new spurt in cognitive, motor, or emotional development allows the child to reorganize himself at a higher level of complexity.  During these times, the child may become difficult to understand, and the family may become confused by the child's behavior.  These are perfect opportunities for educators and parents to get to understand the child at a deeper level, help parents predict their children's future patterns and emerging skills, help parents understand how those skills may impact children's daily routines, and help parents think about potential solutions in advance so that they will be able to respond to their children's new patterns accordingly.

Doors will open at 6:15 and the lecture will run from 7:00 - 8:30. Wakefield Public School Teachers will be admitted free of charge if they present their Teacher ID.  Sponsors for this event include Wakefield Parent Partnership, Wakefield Public Schools, Canterbury Children’s Center, Wakefield Rotary, The Family Resource Network (NSSFN), and the Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition. Books on related subject matter will be on sale at the event. 


From Vulnerability to Maturity: How to Raise Safe and Healthy Adolescents Without Losing Your Mind

posted May 15, 2014, 4:38 PM by Andy Bray

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at The Savings Bank Theater, Wakefield High School. Tickets are $5 at the door

Back by popular demand! Rick Irving, MSW, a social worker who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families, and our keynote speaker for Wakefield Parent University will discuss: 

  • Adolescent development;
  • Communication strategies to use and/or avoid when talking with your adolescent;
  • Signs and symptoms of stress and depression in adolescents;
  • Healthy and maladaptive coping skills and defenses of adolescents;
  • Strategies parents and teachers can use to help teens and tweens develop the self-esteem skills necessary to navigate safely toward maturity; and
  • Questions and concerns you have about your own child or student.

This presentation is being co-sponsored by Wakefield Parent Partnership and Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition (WAKE-UP). Recommended for parents of kids ages 9 and older.

Rick Irving is a clinical social worker with over 37 years experience working with children, families, and schools.  He most recently presented the keynote lecture for Wakefield Parent University on “Raising Confident, Competent Children in a Culture of Pressure.”  He has worked for many years in the Andover public schools, maintained a private practice that is currently located in Winchester, and presented at conferences in Massachusetts and overseas.  He has also consulted to schools in Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Rome.

Wakefield Parent University

posted Feb 27, 2014, 5:28 PM by Andy Bray   [ updated Feb 27, 2014, 6:36 PM ]

Please join the Wakefield Public Schools, the Wakefield Parent Partnership, and Wake-Up (Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition) for the first annual Wakefield Parent University on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Wakefield High School, 60 Farm Street. Wakefield Parent University is for parents and caregivers of students in pre-school through high school. The keynote speaker Rick Irving, will present on, "How to Raise Competent, Confident Children in a Culture of Pressure." Attendees will have the option of participating in two workshops on topics including: 
  • How to Raise & Support Your Reader 
  • Helping with Homework 
  • Social Media/Cyber Safety 
  • Common Core Standards K-5, 6-12 
  • College Financial Planning 
  • Substance Abuse Prevention 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Technology Devices & Learning 
  • Social-Emotional Wellness 
Free childcare will be provided by Wakefield Academy - preregistration is required by March 10th.  There will also be door prizes, free refreshments, & community resource tables. 

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