Parent Education and Support Workshops
1st Tuesday AND 3rd Thursday of each month (January 19 – May 18), 9:30-10:30 am
An open interactive group for parents and their children age 0-5 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! Explore different toys, gain ideas to try at home, make new friends, or bring friends to share in the fun. Facilitated by Parents as Teachers staff.
Diaper Bag Club – NEW!
4th Wednesday of each month (January 25 – May 24), 9:30-10:30 am
This new group is for parents/caregivers and children 0-12 months. Share your joys and challenges and receive helpful input from each other and the facilitators in a safe, non-judgmental space. This group will incorporate monthly topics which may include sleep, infant massage, first foods, temperament, brain development, sensory play, and much more. Facilitated by Parents as Teachers staff and guest presenters.
Let’s Play to Learn
Tuesday, January 31, 9:30-10:30 am: Winter Fun!
Monday, February 13, 9:30-10:30 am: Music and Movement with Mr. Smith
Wednesday, April 12, 9:30-10:30 am: Come Along on a Bear Hunt!
Learn ways to stimulate your 2-4 year old’s learning and creativity through these fun, play-based workshops. Provides great bonding time as parent and child will be participating together. These workshops fill quickly so register early! Free limited childcare for younger children.
Parenting: You are not alone
Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8:00 pm: Managing Your Child’s Anger
Thursday, February 16, 6:30-8:00 pm: Supporting Your Young Child’s Development
Date TBD, 6:30-8:00 pm: Navigating the Middle School Years
Join us for conversations to keep your family strong. Gain valuable information while having the opportunity to support and share with others. Presentations will be followed by open discussions and conversation. Meet new people, share ideas and learn from others, build a network of support, and learn about community resources. Free limited childcare is available.
Anger Management for Children
Thursday, September 22, 6:00-7:30 pm
Anger is a normal emotion but sometimes it can get in the way of a happy, healthy life. Learn where anger comes from and what to do when it seems like anger has taken control. Gain kid-friendly coping skills that you can use to help your child manage their anger, including safe ways to express it, helpful videos, and handouts. Facilitated by Michael Boelman, Family Teams Coordinator and Guys Group Coordinator at OFS. FREE limited childcare available.
The Incredible Years
Mondays, October 3 – November 21, 6:00-7:30 pm
The Incredible Years is an evidence-based parenting program designed to help promote the social, emotional, and academic success of kids ages 2-10. Parents learn to prevent, reduce, and treat emotional challenges in children through a positive and nurturing approach. The program also allows parents to build a support network with other parents experiencing similar challenges. Click here for more details.
Lost In Cyberspace: Effective Parenting in a Digital World
Thursday, October 6, 6:00-7:30 pm
Understand the power, potential, and risks of social media and the internet. Parents will learn how families, teens, and adults are affected. You’ll also gain tools for minimizing risks and maximizing benefits of the digital world around us. Facilitated by Ruba Al’Saman, Prevent Education Coordinator at Ozaukee Family Services. Free limited childcare is available.
Every other Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – March 14, 2023, 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. A concurrent group is available for parents. Facilitated by Abi Ribecky and Laura Smith, Rainbows Coordinators at Ozaukee Family Services. Free limited childcare is available.
Wednesdays, October 19 – November 16, 9:30-10:30 am
Kathy Bergmann, certified educator of infant massage, will demonstrate how to perform basic infant massage stroke techniques, as well as identify the benefits of infant massage for the infant and caregiver. Kathy will share research regarding the benefits of touch in the healthy growth and development of a child. Caregivers are invited to attend with babies from birth to 10 months old. Free limited childcare is available for older siblings.
Strategies and Tips for Managing Autism
Thursday, October 20, 6:00-7:30 pm
In addition to an introductory understanding of autism including what it is and when to get help, we will explore common intervention strategies for home, school, and therapeutic environments. These include helpful tips and tricks regarding possible school interventions, ideas for advocacy within IEPs or 504 plans and strategies to effectively engage your child. We’ll also cover the roles of Speech/OT/PT, recognizing comfort zones in your child, and recommendations for parent coping and self-care. Facilitated by Lindsay Zimmerman of Interlocking Autism Therapy LLC. Free limited childcare is available.
Are they Safe? Talking to Friends and Family about Suicide and How to Help
Warning: Suicidality can be a sensitive and/or triggering topic for some people
Thursday, November 10, 6:00-7:30 pm
Talking about tough topics, like suicide, can feel overwhelming. It can be hard to know what to say, or how or when to say it. Learn how to recognize the warning signs and what to do if you are worried about someone you know. You’ll receive practical information on how you can help those you care about. We will discuss myths of suicide, risk factors, warning signs, and how to help. Facilitated by OFS counselors Taylor Carter and Maddie Ralph. Free limited childcare is available.
Anxiety Management and Self-Regulation
Monday, December 12, 6:00-7:30 pm
Gain an understanding of the more common forms of anxiety seen in children, adolescents, and adults. Learn the neuroscience underlying and driving these anxieties and the healthy practices we can teach our children, and adopt ourselves, to manage them. Facilitated by Dr. Nathanael Schwarz of North Shore Center, LLC. T. Free limited childcare is available.
Did you miss one of our previous virtual programs? Descriptions and links to videos are below.
Strategies & Tips for Managing ADHD
This workshop took place via Zoom on April 22, 2021. To view a video of it, click here. Nelson equips parents and caregivers with an introductory understanding of ADHD including what it is and when to get help. Common intervention strategies for home, school, and therapeutic environments are discussed. These include helpful tips and tricks regarding possible school interventions, ideas for advocacy within IEPs or 504 plans, strategies to effectively navigate daily home life, and recommendations for parent coping and self-care. Dr. Nelson is a Licensed Professional Counselor at North Shore Center, LLC.
Teen Substance Use: E-Cigarettes, Alcohol and Marijuana Demystified
This workshop took place via Zoom on November 5, 2020. To view a video of it, click here. Sammi Schams, LPC, SAC, discussed the importance of monitoring adolescents’ and young adults’ substance use. She covered E-Cigarettes, concerns with alcohol and marijuana use, warning signs, and protective factors. She also provided suggestions for parents/caregivers. Sammi is a psychotherapist at North Shore Center, LLC. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults struggling with substance use concerns and stress and mood disorders.