Parent Education and Support Workshops
Please note that many of our in-person playgroups and workshops have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
If you have any questions, please call 262-376-7774.
Our Parents As Teachers staff has developed mini-Let’s Play to Learn sessions and fun ideas you can do at home with your kid(s).
Visit our new PAT Corner to check it out.
2nd and 4th Monday and Thursday of each month (beginning September 14), 9:30-10:30 am, FREE
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 – Children ages 3 and under only. Limited to 4 families per session. Face coverings must be worn by all adults. Limit 2 playgroups per month per family. Registration by phone required (262-376-7774).
Come and play with your child while interacting with other parents! Enjoy different toys, gain ideas to try at home and make new friends. Registration required for each session. Facilitated by Ozaukee Family Services’ Parents as Teachers staff.
Lost in Cyberspace: Effective Parenting in a Digital World
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (via Zoom). FREE
Understand the power, potential, and risks of social media and the internet. Acquire tools for minimizing risks and maximizing benefits of the digital world.
- Do you want to understand the various social media apps your children and teens are using?
- Would you like to learn more about which apps and sites are safe to use?
- Would you like to learn more about Zoom, Google classroom and Canvas in order to assist your child with their online classes?
- Are you interested in learning more about gaming addiction, cyberbullying, sexting and how to seek help?
If so, join us for this informative session facilitated by Ruba Al’Saman, OFS Prevention Education Coordinator.
Dads Reading to Their Children
Monday, October 5, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (via Zoom). FREE
“Dad and Kid Reading Night” not only encourages fathers to read to their children but also provides ideas, tools, and advice for making it fun for the whole family. Books are carefully chosen both to reflect the father-child dynamic, and to facilitate a lively activity. Get ready to read, move and have fun!
Facilitated by Andy Smith, a local music teacher and Director of Music. Andy has facilitated many OFS Let’s Play to Learn workshops over the past 10 years. As a father of four, he knows the value of reading good books to children. As his children have grown, books have played an important role in their lives, as well as in their ability to learn to read on their own. Andy also frequently uses books in his music classroom to supplement his teaching.
Mindfulness made Real & Simple
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (via Zoom). FREE
Learn seven ways to promote mind-body and good brain health. This presentation is for you if you want to:
- Connect to the present
- Reduce stress, anxiety, and the intensity of your negative emotions
- Feel more grounded
- Let go of what you can’t control
- Improve sleep
- Reduce likelihood of conditions related to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes
- Live a longer more connected life!
Presented by Jennifer Strom, MA, LPC , Assistant Clinical Director at North Shore Center, LLC. Jenny specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families by creating a safe context from which change can occur. Jenny is devoted to helping clients navigate their way through difficult life issues, whatever those may be, in order to heal.
Teen Substance Use: E-Cigarettes, Alcohol and Marijuana Demystified
Thursday, November 5. FREE
Details and description coming soon.
Did you miss one of our summer virtual programs? Descriptions and links to videos are below.
Transitioning to Fall during the Pandemic
This workshop already took place via Zoom on August 20. To view a video of it, click here.
Jennifer Strom, MA, LPC, Assistant Clinical Director at North Shore Center, LLC, will lead an open discussion on preparing for and managing these unprecedented times. Participants will learn:
• About current research and ideas regarding safety for you and your children.
• Ways to manage the changing world both in-person and virtually.
• How to call on your inner resilience and courage to help accept the present.
• How to intentionally make the most of the current situation for you and your children.
The Coronavirus and its Emotional Impact: Using Positive Psychology to Foster Resilience
This workshop already took place via Zoom on June 24. To view a video of it, click here.
Dr. Michael Mazius, Ph.D., will discuss preliminary research on the Coronavirus’ impact on our and our children’s mental health and the important role of positive psychology practices in the days (and months) ahead. Join us for a conversation regarding these new, strange, and challenging times. Dr. Michael A. Mazius is the Director of North Shore Center, LLC.