Issaquah School District ParentWiser

ParentWiser, of the Issaquah School District, is a parenting lecture series comprised of local and nationally-known experts who are invited to share the latest information in effective parenting. Form more information and the 2017-18 calendar visit www.parentwiser.org.


iRules Workshop AM session
November 8, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Pickering Barn 


If you’re like most families, you’re concerned about how technology may be taking over your child’s life. So, let’s talk about tech! In this workshop we’ll come together with Janell Burley Hoffman, creator of the original iPhone contract (featured in SCREENAGERS) and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, to talk about raising the digital generation – and all of the challenges and joys it brings. Everyone will leave with a working set of iRules (tech agreements) to bring home and support their families. Come ready to participate and learn from each other. For parents only, of grades K-12.

Free for PTSA members of Issaquah schools, non-members $10 donation

Register HERE!


iRules Workshop and Parents Night Out!

November 8, 2017 5:30 PM

Pickering Barn, Issaquah

Parent’s Night Out! Join us casually 5:30-6:30 pm for food trucks in the courtyard, socializing with other parents and community. Workshop starting at 6:30 pm.

If you’re like most families, you’re concerned about how technology may be taking over your child’s life. So, let’s talk about tech! In this evening workshop we’ll come together with Janell Burley Hofmann, creator of the original iPhone contract (featured in SCREENAGERS)  and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, to talk about raising the digital generation – and all of the challenges and joys it brings. Everyone will leave with a working set of iRules (tech agreements) to bring home and support their families. Come ready to participate and learn from each other.  Come early and grab dinner from one of the food trucks lined up outside Pickering Barn—a great way to learn and have a fun night out!   For parents only.

Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Register HERE!

 


Stress on the Rise

How to support your child’s successful development

February 7, 2018 7:00 PM
Issaquah High School Theater


Laura Kastner, Ph.D.

Surveys of school children show that their stress levels are at all-time highs. They cite school, home, peers and fears of the future as major sources. Parents want their children to work hard at school, but sometimes this understandable goal can intensify the stress. What’s a parent to do?

All stress isn’t bad. Stress can energize us and challenge us to reach goals. However, when situational demands exceed our ability to meet challenges, stress can lead to mental flooding and burn out. Kids can learn to be resilient, as long as challenges are not overwhelming. Today’s parents need to understand the science of stress, so they can help their children with coping strategies and wise decision-making. They also need to make mental health a top priority.

Advantaged kids can be especially harmed by excessive pressure to perform academically and their parents’ own stress levels. Cultural pressure to perform, look good and achieve excellence at everything affects teens adversely. Parents can feel the same pressures, with success equated with measures from test scores and grades. Research shows that teens benefit when parents balance reasonable academic goals with healthy habits related to sleep, authoritative parenting, and media management.

This talk will focus on what parents can do to enhance their children’s resilience, social and emotional competence and healthy resistance to stress. The good news is that by making family health a priority, parents will build skills for improving their own well-being as well as their children’s.

For parents only. Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.


Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

How to help children WANT to cooperate without yelling, bribes, threats or punishment

May 16, 2018 7:00 PM
Skyline High School Theater

Dr. Laura Markham

Are you tired of battling with your child? Do you wish you knew how to get your child cooperating without yelling and threats? Are you trying to find the sweet spot between spoiling and strict? Dr. Laura Markham gives you practical everyday strategies to help you raise a child who WANTS to cooperate, by working with your child rather than trying to manipulate or control.

No parent is peaceful all the time, but it’s completely possible to create a more peaceful home where affection, connection, and humor help you resolve conflict happily, and where kids WANT to follow your lead.

In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you’ll have a chance to ask questions about your own parenting, and you’ll learn:

  • Why children misbehave — and how to help them WANT To Cooperate without yelling, threats, bribes or consequences
  • What research shows about how children develop self-­discipline
  • The four power tools you can use to connect with children and help them with their emotions
  • Why yelling and timeouts actually cause more misbehavior
  • How you can create the relationship you want with your child

For parents only.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.


Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM
First Stage (Kidstage) Theatre, Issaquah

Conflict is a part of every human relationship, and children learn essential skills when they encounter conflict and resolve it. The key is supporting them to resolve conflict with mutual respect, so they’re learning conflict resolution rather than bullying. In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you will learn:

  • Teaching peace: how you can help your children learn to express their needs and emotions without attacking their sibling.
  • A radical approach to sharing that eliminates conflict and develops generosity.
  • How to connect with each child so they truly believe you couldn’t love anyone else more.
  • How to foster a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting.

‍For parents only.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.