St. Paul's Center for Hope and Healing in Cary, part of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, has some workshops and programs that are designed for parents this spring and summer, along with a camp for rising middle schoolers.
Here's what's on the schedule:
- 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., May 3. Blurry Boundaries with Teens: Do’s and Don’ts for Parents. Presented by Dr. Kristen Wynns, of Wynns Family Psychology, this discussion will focus on the dangers of being best friends with your teen; how to be close but not too close with your teen; tools for having appropriate boundaries and limits with teens; the impact of social media on teens and how involved parents should be with Facebook and texting; and ways to enhance your teen’s self esteem and sense of self.
- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 17, Princesses and Drama Queens: Helping Tween and Teen Girls Navigate Their Social Lives. Girl World — a place of high drama and emotional lows! Mean girls, cliques, bullies, targets, bystanders…why can’t girls just get along? Join Tammy Finch, PhD, for a fast-paced, informative and practical tour of your daughter’s friendships. We will examine how girls make and keep friends, the power of friendship groups and BFFs and take a close look at the phenomena of relational aggression.
- 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 6 to Aug. 10, Middle School Madness: Skills, Tips and Techniques for Surviving and Thriving in Middle School, a camp for students entering middle school. This week-long, half-day camp, led by Tammy Finch, PhD, will provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to get off to a great start in middle school. This camp is open to any student entering middle school and features topics, including organization, friendships, peer pressure and relationships. The cost is $150 and includes a parent education class.
- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 9, Middle School Survival: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Parenting Tweens, an information session for parents of students entering middle school. As part of the Middle School Madness camp, Finch is presenting this parent education session. It will be an information-packed, fast-paced tour of parenting an adolescent, including must-have skills and strategies for helping your child navigate the middle school years. The cost is $25 or free with student's enrollment in the Middle School Madness camp.
- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., May 10, The Birds and Bees in Cyberworld: Teen Sexuality Education in Today’s Culture. Today’s teens and tweens live in a hyper-sexualized culture: television, movies, internet. They must safely navigate sexualized messages, images and misinformation. This workshop will explore the pressures your tweens and teens faces and how you can help. The fee is $15.
- 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 26. Recognize, Reduce and Respond: The Cycle of Parenting a Stressed-Out Child. Does your child complain about being tired and overwhelmed? Is he wired or wound up? Is she withdrawn? It might be stress. Come learn more about identifying, recognizing and managing childhood stress. Elizabeth Worley will present a two-hour collaborative workshop for parents, who will leave with concrete, realistic strategies to support their children when dealing with the inevitable stressors of life. The cost is $15.
- 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., May 8, Worry Wart or Wallflower: Strategies for Helping Your Cautious, Anxious, or Shy Child. Having a shy child can be challenging. As parents, we fluctuate between protecting and pushing. In this two-hour workshop, parents will learn how to reframe their child’s behaviors in order to better support their social and emotional needs. In this workshop conducted by Edla Prevette, parents will receive practical strategies to help their children be more successful in social settings. The cost is $15.
- 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Tuesdays in June. Parenting Alone or With a Village? Are you a single parent? Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you wish you had support? We will discuss delegating family responsibilities, taking care of yourself, creating support systems and more. This group will be a stepping stone for a support group if there is an interest. The cost is $10.
Scholarships are available. And childcare often is provided upon request. Registration is required. For more information and to register, go to the center's website, email email@example.com or call Juli at 919-621-3825.