This page is designed to provide you with resources for raising happy, healthy, capable children. The Franklin PTA Parent Education Program includes information about parenting presentations in our school and in our community. Please note that the speakers, books, websites, and other resources offered through the Franklin PTA Parent Education Program are for information only and do not reflect an opinion concerning the parenting of individuals by the Franklin PTA or the staff of Franklin School.
Parent Education Schedule 2018-2019*
*subject to change … please check the Calendar to confirm
Unless otherwise noted, all seminars on this list take place in Room 6 at Franklin at 8:40am
HOW DO YOU give time, things, praise, attention to your children without “spoiling” them?
HOW DO YOU teach children to be responsible for their achievements and their failures?
Barbara Olinger has her Masters in Social Work and has worked with children and families in both educational and therapeutic settings for over 35 years. This has included being a Child and Family Therapist, the Supervising Clinician in an outpatient mental health clinic, a co-founder of a co-operative preschool, and Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside. In her current private practice, Barbara focuses on parent education and support for parents of children ages 1-12 years old and teacher training. She offers on-going groups, individual/couples sessions, a monthly Dads Group, workshops on a variety of parenting topics, and phone consultations. Barbara has two sons, 29 and 26 years old.
The roots of healthy development begins with having our needs met. This is a requirement for growth: to separate, to feel confident physically, emotionally and socially, to gain a healthy sense of self, to be able to become compassionate. When our needs are supported, we develop from a foundation of trust- in our relationships and in our exploration of the world.
Thursday, February 21 SMMUSD Board of Education, Project Based Learning, 9:30am (during Franklin PTA Meeting)
In this Parent Workshop we will discuss some of the main ideas raised in Julie Lythcott-Haims’ book: How to Raise an Adult. As parents we all have hopes and dreams for our children and it is challenging to ensure that we are leaving space for our children to develop their own dreams, and then to cultivate the skills they need to achieve them. Through exploring ideas, such as avoiding providing a “checklisted childhood” and ways we can support, but not take over, our children as they develop life skills, we will come to an understanding of how to “break free of the overparenting trap” and prepare our children to embark on their life’s path.
Sari Abrams is Director of Parent and Child Education at Pressman Academy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has been at Pressman for 19 years. During that time she has taught two and three-year olds, taught Parent and Me classes, and, for the past 14 years has run the Pressman Parenting Institute. In her current position she is facilitating parenting programs, teaching parenting classes for parents of children in the ECC, Elementary and Middle Schools, teaching parent and me classes, mentoring new teachers and working closely with the ECC director and members of the Student Services division. Sari is also a member of the inaugural cohort of First 36 Fellows, a program of the BJE and Simms-Mann Institute. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and has 3 sons and a daughter-in-law.
This interactive presentation, led by fellow Franklin parent and Family Law Attorney-Mediator Jennifer Winestone, provides some tips, tricks and advanced conflict resolution techniques for that most difficult co-parenting-after-divorce conundrum: what to do when the problem IS the other person. Adapted from the research and trainings of Bill Eddy and the High Conflict Institute, the discussion will include a primer on personality and characteristics of high conflict people and provide tailored techniques for keeping your cool, resolving your conflict, and saving your sanity.
Friday, April 26 Dana Belu, The Myth of the Good Mother
The myth of the good mother demands unconditional love, self-sacrifice and continuous acts of altruism from mothers. According to this myth, good mothers serve their children first and themselves last, or not at all. Living up to the myth can be quite difficult. Failing to live up to it makes many mothers feel unworthy, guilty and like bad mothers. This talk is about dismantling the patriarchal myth of the good mother and discussing woman friendly alternatives to unconditional maternal giving. These alternatives are more beneficial to the well being of mothers, their children and their families.
Dana S. Belu is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is the author of multiple publications that explore the interconnection between ethics, feminist philosophy, phenomenology and philosophy of technology. Her most recent article We’re in this Together: Climate Change & Reproductive Technology in the Anthropocene Age is forthcoming in Sustainability in the Anthropocene: Philosophical Reflections on Renewable Technologies (Lexington Books, 2019). She is also the author of the book, Heidegger, Reproductive Technology & The Motherless Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). For more information, please email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.csudh.edu/philosophy/faculty/dana-belu.
Let’s discuss how screen time affects our kids’ brains.
Does screen time lead to behavior problems?
What is all this social media and screen time doing to my kid?
How do I say “no”…..and mean it?!?
How do I guide my child ?
How do I know if my child is getting too much screen time? Are there symptoms?
Janet Lonner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Monica, providing counseling services to adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. Additionally, Janet has also worked as a school-based therapist in a number of the SMMUSD schools, working in groups and individually with both children and adolescents in the school environment. As well, Janet has provided her services as an LMFT at Family Service of Santa Monica, a community-based non-profit social service agency, since 2013.