The Block Island Times

Parenting class on stress management

Jan 06, 2013

The Block Island School will be hosting a class over four Wednesday evenings in January to help parents learn how to deal with the stress that ends up affecting their children.

The class, called “Practices for Thriving & Resilient Families,” begins Wednesday, Jan. 9.

“Parents will gather to learn together how to shift the way we interact with our children in times of stress,” says a press release about the class. “As parents, how we deal with our stress inevitably impacts our children. If we as parents can learn to self-regulate in times of challenge we can teach our children to become resilient in the face of turmoil and upset.

“We will cultivate qualities in ourselves and our children, such as self-regulation, empathy, seeing a bigger picture, taking ‘time in,’ problem solving and finding alternative solutions. We will practice and learn simple and effective tools that parents can use with their kids that will provide them with a variety of options for meeting challenges at home, in school, with siblings and friends. These skills will cultivate emotional and social well-being and can even improve focus and concentration.”

The program will be directed by Susan J. Littlefield and held at the Block Island School Library from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 16, 23 and 30. Free child care will be provided. Sponsored by the New Shoreham Prevention Task Force. Cost per family is $50 with scholarships available. To register and for information contact coordinator Jill Seppa at (401) 654-9960.

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