The Family Institute

The Family Institute A parent education program

The Howard County Family Institute is a parent education program of the Office of Children and Families, Department of Community Resources and Services. We offer informational sessions and training workshops for parents on many topics, including child development, positive discipline, finding resources, and adolescent issues. Click here to view some of the workshops we have offered. To suggest topics for future workshops or to learn more, please email children@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay).

 

 

mother and daughter          mother, father and child

 

Discipline and Communication 1 & 2 for the Elementary Age

Part 1, Wednesday, February 6, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.

Set the stage for better behavior. Become familiar with temperament types and learn how to use this information to individualize your interactions with your child. Learn how to proactively prevent misbehavior by preparing your home and routine to encourage success. Discuss ways to effectively communicate with your child and the importance of structure, consistency and self-esteem to help build a growth mind set. 

Part 2, Wednesday, February 20, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.

Learn how to teach children self-control and problem-solving techniques that they can use in the moment of behavior problems. Establish rules and logical consequences for misbehavior that are developmentally appropriate. Discuss behavior charts and a variety of other options to encourage behaviors that you want to see. Leave with practical strategies and tools to implement immediately!

When: Wednesday, February 6 and Wednesday, February 20, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Running Brook Elementary School, 5215 W Running Brook Rd, Columbia, MD 21044
Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & Guardians with children of elementary age
Cost: FREE; Space is limited; pre-registration is required
Register Online for Discipline and Communication 1 & 2 for the Elementary Age

 

 


Teen Parenting Strategies: Strengthening Relationships and Improving Behavior

Parenting a teen today can be extremely challenging and frustrating.  Parents typically find that as children grow into the teen years, new behaviors emerge and the old methods used to interact with them need a new approach in order to be successful. Attend this workshop to:

• Review common behavior problems in teens

• Learn strategies to communicate and strengthen your relationship 

• Create a positive environment for your relationship to grow 

• Introduce strategies to improve your teen’s behavior 

• Learn ways to encourage your teen to choose positive coping skills

• Learn techniques to teach and demonstrate strategies to help your child process and solve their worries

When: Wednesday, February 20, 7:00 p.m.

Location: Atholton High School, Media Center

Cost: FREE; Open to Community, Space is limited; pre-registration preferred

Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & Guardians

Register Online for Teen Parenting Strategies

Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-5992

 


Worries, Concerns & Apprehension

Even in the Elementary years, schoolwork, friends, reactions to negative experiences, or just the anticipation of something happening can overwhelm a child. With all of these everyday occurrences, many parents report about the anxiety and stress that it puts on their children and the entire family. 

Attend this workshop to:

• Review the signs and the symptoms of worry in children 

• Understand how to identify what is causing your child stress 

• Learn techniques to teach and demonstrate strategies to help your child    ...process and work through their worries

• Ask questions to a mental health professional on how to help your family

When: Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Thunder Hill Elementary School, 9357 Mellenbrook Rd. Columbia, MD 21045

Cost: FREE; Space is limited; pre-registration is preferred

Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & Guardians (NO Child Care)

Register Online for Worries, Concerns & Apprehension

Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-5992       

Emotional resiliency helps both academic and personal life skills!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

Family First

 

Family First Workshop Series

A workshop series to help improve parenting skills and raise children with confidence and care

Join the Howard County Family Institute for a special series designed for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age eight. Learn about child development, how to encourage self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Each class, offered in an interactive group format, will include practical tips and advice for handling common situations, as well as hands-on activities.  Participants who complete all five classes can receive a Certificate of Completion (not CEU) upon request.                   

Be a Brain Builder: Know as They Grow (Saturday, February 23 • 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.)

Scientists have made discoveries about how a child's earliest experiences affect the way the brain is organized. By knowing what to expect as a child passes through typical stages, you are better able to respond to new behaviors and expand their learning experiences to build a strong foundation. Explore the ages and stages of child development in several areas such as cognitive, social-emotional, motor and language. Learn about the latest brain research, why early experiences matter and how your interaction with your child during their early years can have an impact on their learning abilities in the future.

Keeping Kids Healthy and Happy (Saturday, February 23 • 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Learn how to choose healthy snacks, meals and beverages for children. Discuss common eating concerns such as picky eaters or refusal to eat. Explore nutrition labels and healthy eating on a budget. Learn more about the importance of exercise and how you can keep children active in a variety of fun and easy ways. 

Keeping Kids Safe (Saturday, February 23 • 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.) 

Discuss safety-proofing your home for different ages; who to contact in an emergency, car seat safety, and tips on how to protect your child from abuse. Learn ways to cope with your own stress and how to teach children relaxation techniques and stress relief.  

Discipline and Communication (Saturday, March 9 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Double session

Part 1: Set the stage for better behavior. Become familiar with temperament types and learn how to use this information to individualize your interactions with your child. Learn how to proactively prevent misbehavior by preparing your home and routine to encourage success. Discuss ways to effectively communicate with your child and the importance of structure, consistency and self-esteem to help build a growth mind set. 

Part 2: Then move on to learn how to teach children self-control and problem-solving techniques that they can use in the moment of behavior problems. Establish rules and logical consequences for misbehavior that are developmentally appropriate. Discuss behavior charts and a variety of other options to encourage behaviors that you want to see. Leave with practical strategies and tools to implement immediately!

When: Saturdays, February 23 and March 9

Location: Howard County Office of Children and Families, 9830 Patuxent Woods Dr., Columbia 21046             

Cost: $10 per class ($40 for complete five-part series)

Who Should Attend: Any parent, grandparent or caregiver who wants to improve their parenting skills and learn hands on ideas for raising a healthy, happy child ages birth to eight. 

Register Online for the Family First Series 

Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-5992 

Child care is not provided.

 

Powerful Tools For Caregivers A six-week series to help support your journey

 

Are you the PARENT of a CHILD with DISABILITIES?

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence and the Caregiver Support Program is excited to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC), an evidence-based program designed with the parent’s well-being in mind.

This six-week series of two-hour classes offers parents opportunities to explore a variety of self-care tools in a supportive environment, designed to help you:

• reduce personal stress

• change negative self-talk

• communicate more effectively in challenging situations

• manage your emotions

• make tough caregiving decisions

Previous participants have found the learned program tools improve relaxation and exercise habits, as well as their physical and mental well-being. The tools also helped them better manage their emotions, increased confidence in their ability to meet caregiving demands, and improved their ability to seek out and utilize community resources.

If you are the parent of a child with disabilities, we encourage you to register today! Our goal is to improve the lives of parents (and ultimately their children) through outreach, conversation, training and resources.

When: Mondays, March 11 through April 15, 2019
Location: Ellicott City 50+ Center, 9401 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Who Should Attend: Caregivers of Children with Health and Behavioral Needs
Cost: $30; Fee includes all materials
To Register: Call Kathy Wehr, Caregiver Support Program Manager, 410-313-5955

Questions? Call 410-313-4955 (voice/relay) or email kwehr@howardcountymd.gov

 

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Behavior Basics and Managing Meltdowns

Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (SEFEL) is a comprehensive, research based approach that considers all the factors that impact a child and family. Learn how to teach your child new skills to replace challenging behaviors. Learn how to set the stage to decrease negative behaviors from happening in the first place and what to do when they do occur. Leave this 3-part workshop with skills and resources that you can use immediately that will help you feel more confident in your parenting.
When: 3 Tuesdays; March 26, April 2 and 9
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Howard County Office of Children and Families, 9830 Patuxent Woods Dr. Columbia, 21046 (Room 337)
Cost: $20
Who Should Attend: Parents, Grandparents & anyone involved with children ages 1-6
Register Online for Behavior Basics and Managing Meltdowns
Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-5992

 

 To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodation to attend a workshop, call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay) at least one week in advance.

 

  

 

Parent Pages Newsletter

Parent Pages is a family newsletter published by the Howard County Office of Children and Families. Each quarterly issue features news and tips from many of the programs in our office, including the Local Children's Board, Parents as Teachers, the CARE Center, Healthy Kids, and more. Parent Pages is a part of the Howard County Family Institute, an education and community outreach program. View the current issue, if you need this publication in an alternate format, please call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay). Would you like to be notified of upcoming Family Institute workshops? Sign-Up to receive Parent Pages e-newsletter and updates.

 

The Office of Children and Families is a division of the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services. We post updates on training classes, information on upcoming events, and reminders about parent workshops on the Community Resources and Services Facebook page. You'll also find posts from other divisions of Community Resources and Services; The Office on Aging and Independence, Disabilities Services, and Consumer Protection. We hope you'll "like" us!