Parent Education and Support Workshops
All workshops are FREE and are held at Ozaukee Family Services. We are located in The Family Enrichment Center at 885 Badger Circle in Grafton. FREE CHILDCARE is also available for most workshops; limited space so register early to ensure availability.
Meets the 2nd Monday and 4th Friday of the Month, September 9 – December 9, 9:30 – 10:30 am
An open and interactive group for parents and their children age 0-4, using books and activity stations centered around themes. Come and play with your child while interacting with other parents in our safe and fun playroom! Enjoy different toys, gain ideas to try at home, make new friends or bring friends to share in the fun! Space is limited. Please call to reserve a spot! Facilitated by Ozaukee Family Services’ Parents as Teachers staff.
Let’s Play to Learn
Thursday, September 19, 10:00 – 11:00: Animals in Their Homes
Monday, October 28, 10:00 – 11:00: Music & Movement
Wednesday, December 18, 10:00 – 11:00: Let’s Build
Learn ways to stimulate your 2- 4 year old’s learning and creativity through these play-based parent and child
workshops. Register early, these workshops fill quickly! Free childcare available.
Lost in Cyberspace
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Preschool – Early Elementary
Wednesday, October 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Late Elementary – Middle School
Understand the power, potential and risks of social media and the internet. Parents will learn how families, teens and adults are affected. Gain tools for minimizing risks and maximizing benefits of the digital world around us. Facilitated by Ruba Al’Saman, OFS Prevention Specialist.
Parenting Your Spirited Child
Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
For parents of children who are more intense, persistent, resistant to change or generally more spirited than most. Learn ways to work with your child’s spirit and temperament, including positive parenting and discipline techniques. Techniques and teachings based on Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. Facilitated by Kathy Bergmann, Parent Educator at OFS.
Wednesdays, October 2 – 30, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Kathy Bergmann, Certified Educator of Infant Massage and OFS parent educator, will demonstrate how to perform basic infant massage and stroke techniques. She’ll share the benefits of infant massage for both the infant and care giver including research regarding the benefits of touch in the healthy growth and development of a child. Parents/caregivers are invited to attend with babies from birth to 10 months.
Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Middle and High School
Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Elementary through 5th grade
Gain an understanding of how to recognize symptoms and manage them in day-to-day life. How can we as parents, caregivers and teachers support someone who is struggling with anxiety? Learn strategies and tools that can help kids recognize and regulate their own symptoms. Sammi Schams will be the presenter at the October 15 session and Dr. Elliot Broch will present on November 6. Both are from North Shore Center LLC, a clinic that offers a blend of adult and child diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative behavioral health services.
Every other Tuesday, October 22 – March 31, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Rainbows is a program for children and adolescents (K-12) who are dealing with major family changes such as divorce or death. The 12-week program seeks to provide a “rainbow” after the storm in a child’s life. Its goals are to help participants understand and express their feelings, to build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and to direct their energy toward a healthy acceptance of the changes that have taken place. (No childcare is available). Facilitated by Abigail Ribecky, MS, Rainbows Coordinator at OFS.
Calming Strategies Café
Wednesday, November 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Learn a wide variety of techniques that can be used to help children and adults with self-calming, anxiety and stress relief. These coping techniques will be featured in three hands-on breakout areas that will include art therapy, mindfulness & yoga, and the use of fidgets and sensory processing strategies. These strategies can be used at school, home, or on the go. The breakouts will be facilitated by Michael Boelman, OFS staff, Angela Miller, LPC at North Shore Center LLC, and Christina Scheer, OT from Grafton School Districts.
Building Resilience In Kids
Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Hope, resilience, and a growth mindset are essential ingredients in helping to determine and create the future you want for your child. Acknowledging past experiences and understanding how those experiences impact us and our children in the present are the building blocks for change. Skills your kids learn now, can help them to navigate future life challenges. Learn more about how these positive strategies strengthen your parenting skills with OFS staff members Abigail Ribecky, MS, and Sandy Henke, LPC, Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS).