2819 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 2M2       604-738-2819

Programs for Parents and Caregivers

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(*Fall 2017 programs)

Emergency Preparedness for Families *
Felt Story Make and Take: Winter Inspired *
Making Sense of Preschoolers *
Nourish: Why food and relationship belong together
Parenting with Positive Discipline *
Speech and Language Development
You’re Not the Boss of Me: Understanding Resistance in Children *


Parenting with Positive Discipline

A workshop for parents and caregivers of children (0-6 years old). The principles of Positive Discipline will help you and your family feel encouraged and empowered through non-punitive parenting methods that help kids develop the valuable social and life skills needed to thrive. Key ideas: Disciplining with kindness and firmness; Reducing power struggles; Encouraging personal responsibility; Finding joy in parenting.

Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Cost: $5
Facilitators: Vesna Krcmar and Josefina Para


Emergency Preparedness for Families

The session will cover general emergency preparedness including workplace and personal and family. The goal is to provide information to ensure you and your family are prepared. It also covers what is required to develop your personal and family emergency plan, and how to conduct a Hazard hunt and what to do when an earthquake strikes.

Dates: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 pm     |     Cost: FREE
Facilitator: City of Vancouver


Felt Story Make and Take: Winter Inspired

Children enjoy a variety of felt stories and songs during out circle time! Be inspired and learn to make your own set for home. Join other parents and caregivers and indulge in some creativity during this hands-on workshop. Learn tips on how to further enrich and encourage literacy and language development in your own home. *Patterns, materials, stories/songs, and childminding will be provided*

Dates: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm     |     Cost: $15
Facilitators: Sue Ellen Elman and Salena Wong


Making Sense of Preschoolers

No one is more susceptible to being misunderstood than the preschooler. Precocious, brazen, obsessive, endearing, hysterical, impulsive, anxious, delightful, unreflective, dogmatic, generous, unstable, aggressive, resistant, compulsive, and anything but consistent. Dr. Neufeld leads us into the interior landscape of the preschooler in this six-hour DVD sessions. He will provide insight into their shyness, separation anxieties, aggression, resistance, oppositionality and more. Making sense of these confusing yet wondrous creatures lays the foundation for intuitive and fruitful interaction with them. Childminding and light supper (for children) provided.

Dates: 6 Thursdays, November 2nd to December 7th, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm     |     Cost: $60.00
Facilitator: Eva Svensson


You’re Not the Boss of Me: Understanding Resistance in Children

Understanding resistance in children and why they say “no” has instinctual roots that are not well understood. Their need to defy, disobey, and work to rule are some of the most troubling dynamics in adult/child relationship. Although the reaction is quite normal and even healthy in certain circumstances, it can be highly disruptive and disturbing, making life difficult for parents and teachers. Strategies on how to handle this misunderstood and troublesome reaction will be discussed. Childminding Provided.

Date: Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
Time:
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm | Cost: $20.00
Facilitator: Christie Mackie

Please note that program registration for the 2017 fall programs will begin on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 9:30 am. Payment must be made at time of registration. Two weeks cancellation required for a refund. For more information on our programs, please call 604.738.2819 or email wsfp_programs@telus.net.


Nourish: Why food and relationship belong together

The connection between food and relationship has become separated from one another despite how they were meant to be intertwined. This new presentation will weave together the pieces of the feeding and eating puzzle by drawing on the fields of attachment science, neuroscience, developmental psychology, to cultural tradition. Come relish and savour in a thought provoking walk around our most basic human needs and what they unearth about what is truly essential for survival. Childminding provided.

Date & Time: TBA


Speech and Language Development

This presentation will include topics including: Late bloomer versus Speech and Language delay; Norms for Speech and Language Development in the preschool years; when to seek professional help -and what to look our for; what you as parents can do to help your child’s development and how to find a Speech Therapist. This presentation is during drop-in hours, childminding can be arranged on a one-to-one basis, talk to staff.

Date & Time: TBA


Making Sense of Anger

Some children seem to be more intense and sensitive in their response to sensory stimuli in their surroundings. We can all feel overwhelmed at times but for some sensitive kids it can get very stressful, evoking strong emotions they don’t know how to make sense of. In order to help sensitive children live in their world we need to start by making sense of them and appreciating things through their eyes. There is much parents and teachers can do to help sensitive children find rest so they can play and grow. Childminding provided.

Date & Time: TBA


 

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