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St. Paul's Center schedules workshops for parents, tweens, teens

St. Paul's Center for Hope and Healing's offerings this fall include a workshop for tweens and teens of divorced parents on how to survive the holidays, how parents can set limits for tweens and teens, and more.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

St. Paul's Center for Hope and Healing in Cary has a really interesting schedule of workshops coming up for parents and kids, including tweens and teens.

I have to say that I am always very impressed with their topics and I've heard great things about their programs. Here's what's scheduled this fall with descriptions from St. Paul's:

  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 25, Keeping Your Cool: How to Set Limits While Encouraging Independence. This class is for parents and caregivers of tweens and teens who are frustrated with unmet expectations for their kids and who want to keep their tweens and teens safe while fostering the independence the kids crave and need in order to grow and learn to function as adults. Come to learn tips on what to do other than shouting, grounding or pulling out your hair. The cost is $15. Childcare provided on request. For details, contact Melissa Huemmer at melissa.huemmer@chhcary.org or 919-414-0668.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 7, Dilemmas of Divorce: Divided time at Holidays, Guilty feelings and Unanswered Questions. This class is for tweens and teens who are struggling to deal with the changes that a divorce has brought to their lives. They may be learning how to advocate for their needs or not know how to express their feelings without guilt. Holidays may have undue stress as they negotiate between both sides of their extended family. This evening will give them an opportunity to safely bring forth their concerns and if desired could become a regular event to address topics of their choice. The cost is $15. Contact Melissa Huemmer at melissa.huemmer@chhcary.org or 919-414-0668 for details.
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 19, Social Skills: More Than “Please” and “Thank You.” This interactive workshop for parents of school-aged children will offer specific tips for supporting social relationships. Parents will practice coaching children to have more successful peer interactions. Elizabeth Worley of Flip Educational Consulting will incorporate Second Step social and emotional skills with practical strategies. The cost is $15. Contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@flipconsultants.com or 919-389-3950 for details.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Sept. 20, How to Fight Right. Married couples know there is no such thing as a “conflict-free” marriage. However, many parents don’t recognize the impact their arguments have on their children. There is a way to “fight right” when it comes to our children. We will offer parents tips on when to go behind closed doors, the benefits of exposure to mild conflict, dos and don’ts for fighting, the power of resolution and when to seek outside help. The cost is $15. Contact Dr. Kristen Wynns at wynnsfamilypsychology.com for details.
  • 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Oct. 15, Parenting Alone or With a Village? Are you a single parent? Do you feel overwhelmed or have differing views from your co-parent? This group is for you! We will discuss delegating family responsibilities, taking care of yourself and creating support systems. Bring your own concerns as this group will be an open forum where you can learn from others who are in similar circumstances. Meg Donald, CHH counselor and single parent, will facilitate the group. The cost is $5. Contact Meg at meg.donald@chhcary.org or 919-519-0087 for more information.
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Nov. 15, Anxious, Active, Antsy or Apathetic? Understanding Children’s Temperament and How It Impacts Behavior. Why do some children “push our buttons” while others seem so easy? Could it be that our temperaments are in conflict? In this workshop, conducted by Edla Prevette, trainer with Flip Educational Consulting, you will learn to identify your child’s individual temperament traits and how to nurture those traits into becoming your child’s greatest strength. This high energy, interactive presentation will give you new insight into what makes your child “tick” and ways to support him or her. The cost is $15. Contact Edla at edla@flipconsultants.com or 919-271-3762 for details.
  • 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Dec. 12, Homework Buddies. Does your child need help with a particular subject? Do they need motivation to complete homework? From math and science to reading and social studies, we can match your child with a tutor that fits his/her needs and provide a positive environment for peer studying. This program consists of two separate aspects in which you can participate:  supervised homework sessions with fellow students, and 2) tutoring in a specific area. Weekly commitment encouraged for tutoring.
Take the opportunity while your child is at homework buddies to “drop in” to the Center for Hope and Healing Group Room where one of the CHH counselors will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Have some refreshments, swap stories with other parents and receive feedback on limit setting, communication with schools, how to motivate your students or other issues you may be facing. Drop in group is free to parents of students involved in Homework Buddies. Contact Melissa Huemmer at melissa.huemmer@chhcary.org or 919-414-0668. This is free.
You'll need to register for any of these programs. To do that, you can complete registration form at chhcary.org, send a note to info@chhcary.org or call 919-414-0668.

The center is part of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.


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