The Family Institute provides informational sessions and training workshops on the latest child and parent topics geared to children of all ages. Want to see what we have been up to?
Behavior Basics and Managing Meltdowns
SEFEL, Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning, is a comprehensive, research based approach that considers all of the factors that impact a child, family, and a child’s behavior. Learn how to teach your child new skills to replace challenging behavior rather than punishing. Learn how to set the stage to decrease negative behaviors from happening and what to do when they do occur. Leave this 2-part workshop with skills to use immediately and a follow up coaching session to help with implementation.
Family First Workshop Series
Join the Howard County Family Institute for a special series designed for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age 8. 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 6 classes can receive a Certificate of Completion upon request.
Family First: Exploring Childhood Stages of Development
A child passes through typical stages as he grows and learns. By knowing what to expect, you are better able to respond to new behaviors. 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 experience matters, and ways you can capitalize on these moments.
Family First: Keeping Kids Safe
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.
Family First: Children’s Temperament and Parenting Styles
A child’s temperament affects his interactions with his parents and with the world. Become familiar with temperament types and learn how to use this information to individualize your interactions with your child. Learn how to encourage the development of positive self-esteem. Explore effective praise and find out what you can do to build self-esteem and what you may say that can accidentally backfire.
Family First: Discipline and Communication Part 1
Set the stage for better behavior. 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 and consistency.
Family First: Discipline and Communication Part 2
Learn how to teach children self-control and problem-solving techniques that they can use in the moment. 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 to implement immediately!
Family First: Keeping Kids Healthy
Learn how to choose healthy, age-appropriate 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 physically active in a variety of fun and easy ways.
Talk With Me • Howard County
Your baby's brain grows with every interaction you have together. From the earliest moments when you repeat your baby's sounds back to her or tell him how much he is loved, your baby is making important connections. Children who have parents and caregivers talking and interacting with them in positive ways from the earliest moments are put on a path to better development. At our workshop, you'll learn the importance of these back and forth interactions as well as the many simple ways interactive routines can be a part of your baby's day. Talk With Me • Howard County is a partner initiative of the Howard County Public School System.
Choosing Quality Child Care
A lot has changed in parenting since grandparents were parents! Learn the latest research based information to balance your tried and true skills with current best practices. Discuss your role as a grandparent verses being the parent. Discover ways to safeguard your home for infants and toddlers and gather important resources to help support your children in their new role as parents.
Nutrition workshops in partnership with Howard County Health Department, WIC. Choose from one 30 minute + topic or combine multiple for more information in a session.
Shopping for Fruits and Vegetables:
Participants learn how to make healthier substitutions, swapping fruits and vegetables for less nutrient dense foods; money saving tips to help fruit and vegetable purchases go further; and how to save money on groceries by planning ahead, eating at home, and saving at the store.
Good Food on a Budget:
Participants learn how to make the most of leftovers and make their grocery budget stretch further; how to make a weekly or monthly family meal plan to save both time and money; and how cooking at home and eating out less will save more money that can be used for other necessities.
Help for the Picky Eater:
Parents will better understand why children sometimes don’t want to eat and what the parent/caregiver can do about it. Discussion will include information on children's appetites and growth patterns, stomach sizes and capacity, and ways to encourage children to try different foods.
Why Iron is Essential:
Parents will better understand why iron is important in the diet, the role of hemoglobin and iron in the body; symptoms of low iron, and how to increase iron absorption.
Staying Healthy with the Seasons Series:
This series provides advice on ways people can improve their degree of wellness by adopting a whole-body approach that includes the mind with relaxation and stress-reduction techniques; the body with nutrition advice specific to the season; and movement introducing participants to various
Breastfeeding workshops in partnership with Howard County Health Department, WIC.
Breastfeeding Class Part I: The Benefits to Breastfeeding
This class is designed to help mothers make informed, healthy decisions about breastfeeding that are right for you and your family. Learn about the benefits and get answers to common questions about breastfeeding. For example: Will breastfeeding hurt? What if I have to go back to work in 6 weeks? Will baby and daddy bond if I breastfeed?
What if I don’t make enough milk? Explore some of the “truths” and “myths” about breastfeeding. Come with all your questions and concerns.
Breastfeeding Class Part II: Getting Started (30-45 minutes)
4-6 weeks before EDD. The purpose of the class is help mom and partner understand what to expect and discuss 14 steps to better breastfeeding.
By the end of this session, participants will have: identified the importance of breastfeeding, know how to prevent nipple confusion/laziness, know how to latch baby correctly
Breastfeeding CLUB/Support Group (1 hour)
For expectant mothers that are planning to breastfeed after the birth of their child, this workshop provides support and encouragement. By the end of the class, participants will receive any needed additional information to successfully enjoy their breastfeeding experience and feel encouraged and supported in their decision to breastfeed their baby/toddler.
Parenting on the Same Page
Whether you are together or apart, parenting your children on the same page can be tough. Parents have different upbringings, personalities and opinions, yet still need to figure out how to be a united front for their children. Kids are great observers of their parents and their environments and hear more than we realize. It becomes even more imperative for parents (or grandparents) to work together to create similar expectations and parenting decisions in each home when families are separated, divorced or blended. Attend this workshop to learn:
From Chaos to Calm Managing Family Time with Yoga
Research shows that yoga is full of benefits for children and adults alike. But how does a family incorporate yoga practice into a busy household amidst demanding schedules? What does yoga look like when it is a functional tool for providing calm during stressful family moments? Attend this workshop to:
Setting Your Child Up for Success in Kindergarten
Is your child excited for the “big” school, but you are nervous for this next step? Need help feeling prepared to help your child in this transition? There are a lot of fun things that you can do now as they launch into learning for the fall.
Attend this workshop to:
Parents’ Survival Guide for the Elementary Years
Changes occur with your child as they grow and develop in the elementary school years. Children fluctuate between independence and dependence and the combination can bring a wide range of behavior issues. Come to this workshop to help understand how to help your 5 to 12 year old:
Social skills are at the top of the list of important school readiness skills. Parents can have a strong impact on their children’s social/emotional development to help their children learn positive interpersonal skills that breed both success in developing friendships as well as the “side effect” of stronger academic skills. Learn ways to intentionally impart this critical school and life skill.
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:
“The Talk”- Talking About Sex with Your Teen
Come and learn about how to talk about sex with your teen. Parents will be able to discuss common concerns such as how to start the conversation with your teen, when to have the conversation and resources to start the conversation. Most importantly, learn why it’s important to have “The Talk”. All parents will have the opportunity to take part in an open discussion or submit questions anonymously.
TEEN Anxiety: How to Recognize, Communicate and Help Your Teen
Adolescence is a stressful time filled with academic, community and social pressures. Stress tops the list of concerns of most teenagers in this day and age. Teens that have parental support during stressful times are more likely to successfully navigate daily struggles. This training will review the symptoms of anxiety and how to address anxiety with your teen.Help learn how to recognize anxiety, communicate with your teen about their symptoms, gain a better understanding on how to support your child and ensure you don’t perpetuate anxious feelings to make worse.
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:
Preparing to Launch!
When your children turn 18, they become legal adults and can enter into many types of contracts without the permission of parents or guardians. Young adults are vulnerable to scams that take advantage of their inexperience. Does your teen know what to do? Parents and Teens are invited to join an investigator from The Howard County Office of Howard County Consumer Protection to learn about:
TEEN Anxiety: Recognize, Communicate and Help
Adolescence is a stressful time filled with academic, community, and social pressures. Stress tops the list of concerns of most teenagers today. A teenager who has been anxious since childhood may have a lifestyle built around anxiety. An anxious teen may use their anxiety to filter out activities and environments and may have trained friends, family and teachers to limit expectations. It can be more challenging to treat anxiety due to the developed unhealthy coping mechanisms used to manage and avoid stressful life experiences. To manage anxiety, teens must learn to practice positive coping skills rather than avoiding environments and situations that cause stress. Teens that have parental support during stressful times are more likely to navigate daily struggles successfully. Parents can support their children by being aware of their child's stress signals and challenging behaviors to express their feelings. This workshop will discuss how to recognize anxiety, gain a better understanding on how to support your child, communicate with your teen about their symptoms, and ensure you don't perpetuate anxious feelings to make them worse.
Prepare to Care: Family Shared Aging Options
For adults in the sandwich generation, balancing both responsibilities of your children as well as your aging parents is difficult. This workshop is designed to help you learn about services and programs available for aging family members. You’ll discover:
• How to Start the Conversation
• Ways to Assess Needs
• Services to Assist with Aging in Place
• How to Design a Plan for Assisted Living & Nursing Facility Options
How to be a GREAT Grandparent
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