All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.
There is a new parent website on the scene for parents whose children, ages 3-20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. Fifteen nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues. This site is a great referral for your parents to help them learn and advocate for their children. It’s also a great way to build relationships and share information with those parents who believe that their child’s school doesn’t always have their child’s best interest in mind.
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other traits that make her a little different. She believes in herself and is
able to make friends after a move to another city, thanks to her wise, old
WIN CASH FOR YOUR SCHOOL … The school with the highest percentage of participation will be awarded $200 to spend on family engagement activities.
Registration flyers are available at each school. Online and phone reservations are also available. Teachers and specialists will be leading most workshops, because schools recognize the importance of parents as partners.
Community groups presenting include the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Children’s Hospital of the
King’s Daughters, The Planning Council, and the Suffolk Public Library. Free childcare is available.
Raising self-confident, healthy, and motivated children is not an easy task for most parents and caregivers. If you are looking for advice on how to help your children, please take advantage of the fall session of Suffolk Parent University, sponsored by Suffolk Public Schools and Suffolk’s Early Childhood Development Commission.
This free event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15 at King’s Fork Middle School. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the opening speaker at 9 a.m.
Participants can select three workshop sessions, and visit resource tables from community organizations who support local families and children. Workshop topics include:
• Top 10 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew
• Internet Safety: Keep Your Kids Out of Danger
• Stop Arguing with Your Kids: Positive Discipline
• Don’t Be Bullied by Bullying
• Kindergarten Readiness: Planning for Success
• Parenting the Strong-Willed Child
• Ages and Stages: What to Expect
• Advocating for Your Child with Special Needs
• Teaching Your Kids to Save Money
• Discovering At-Home Fun in Math & Science
Three Ways to Register:
1. Call (757) 934-6202
2. Online at http://suffolk-parent-univ.eventbrite.com
3. Complete a paper form available at each school and return it to the school office, or mail it to 100 N. Main St., Suffolk VA 23434
Keynote Speech: The POW! of Positive Practical Parenting … Help your children develop good character, attitude and behavior. Gear up your attitude for the inherent challenges and rewards of positive parenting. To kick off Parent University, Dr. Adolph Brown III shares how young children model themselves based on what they see and hear. Children can become mirror images of their parents. Ask yourself if that’s what you want for your child.
Possessing limitless energy and vitality, Dr. Brown (aka “Doc Attitude”) overcame a childhood of extreme poverty and violence, welfare, fatherlessness, first generation high school and college graduate, and a single-mother led
household to become a popular media personality, a noted author, award-winning educator, trained anthropologist and psychologist, columnist, business consultant/coach, sought-after motivational speaker, husband, and father of seven. He grew up in Hampton Roads, earned multiple degrees from the College of William & Mary, and is currently on a writing sabbatical from Hampton University where he is a tenured professor, academic dean of the graduate college, and chair of the psychology/education department.
Call Bonnie Maki, parent resource facilitator, at 934-6202 for more information.