Lebanon schools to offer workshops

Staff Reports • Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

“For the first time, we will be hosting ‘Beautifully Blended: Active Parenting of Stepfamilies.’ Many families are existing with his, hers and theirs. We want families to become beautifully blended,” said Family Resource Center Coordinator, Beth Petty.

Parents who attend will learn five guidelines for active stepparents. These guidelines include: avoid trying to replace the biological parent; acknowledge that this is a new and challenging situation for you; explore realistic expectations – the children’s and your own; accept that “instant love” is a myth; work out your stepparent role gradually.

Parents will also be encouraged to make an adult “oasis” that they visit together for a short time each day to make sure that they are making time for their new relationship as they blend their two families.

As a fun activity, families will be asked to create a family crest – a blending of the two new families.

“Beautifully Blended” will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Castle Heights Elementary Library. Free childcare will be provided and pizza will be served for lunch.

On Tuesday, LSSD will hold “A New Spin on ADD/ADHD…through the eyes of the child.” This session will be presented from the perspective of the child diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.

Parents whose children have difficulty getting ready for school, have trouble paying attention in school, have trouble sitting still or staying in one place or struggle to stay organized should plan to attend.

“The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD,” a book by John F. Taylor, will be shared and will guide the presentation and discussion, which will be led by Lynn Cable, LSSD Special Education Director.

Parents will learn what ADHD is and what it is not, strategies that make each day go better before, during and after school, how the brain interacts with certain medications and how to deal with strong feelings like anger, worries, anxieties and emotions.

The ADHD workshop will be held Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Castle Heights Elementary Library. Childcare and refreshments will be free.

The third workshop to be held in November, “Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children,” will be facilitated by Deb Daugherty, Executive Director of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center.

This workshop will provide expert advice and practical guidance for preventing child sexual abuse.

“Darkness to Light” will be held Nov. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Castle Heights Elementary Library. Free childcare and refreshments will be provided.

All LSSD workshops are free to anyone in Wilson and the surrounding counties.

To RSVP, call Beth Petty at 615-453-2693 or email pettyb@k12tn.net.

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