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Parent Peer Support

We all want the best for our kids! But at one time or another, despite good intentions, we may stray from the good path we envision. Parents Forum strategies can help you establish strong relationships with other caring adults and stay on that good path.
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Workforce Development

The way we were raised has enormous influence on how we behave and on whether we succeed at work. Empathy, and training to develop empathy, is gaining attention as a key contributor to productivity and effective leadership. Let Parents Forum mini-sessions improve the emotional climate in your workplace.
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Community-Based Activities

Community groups serving all ages often face challenges in motivating and engaging members. Your parent association, youth group or senior center may want to improve internal communications or outreach. Parents Forum can help you enhance communication and leadership in your group whether it is based at a school, agency or faith community.
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“This is what is missing in a lot of other parents’
programs! The workshop gave me information I can use immediately, at home and everywhere.”
—Workshop Participant, Chicago Illinois

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Where the Heart Listens describes Parents Forum, a program based on thoughtful examination of eight original questions about family life issues. The workshops, designed by Eve Sullivan and Christine Bates, develop parenting skills and are suitable for various settings. While nothing replaces the experience of a Parents Forum workshop, Where the Heart Listens serves as a “workshop in your pocket” and can help parents, children and all family members improve their communications skills.
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Our collective blind spot

Almost every day I read an article on children's issues that completely ignores parents. What is wrong with this picture? The Economist's otherwise terrific article "Poor children fall behind early in life. Better pre-school education could help" (June 25, 2016) did...
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Be the Change . . . award nomination

This quick word, with profound thanks to Sophia Luthuli in Soweto, South Africa, who nominated me, is to share a link: http://bit.ly/1TjMMKK The nomination for a Nelson Mandela - Graça Machel Award in the individual activist category is a great honor. It would be...
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Ch-ch-ch-changes

It seems that I was the 12,733,144-th person to listen online to this song by David Bowie, who is now, sadly, gone from us. I confess that I did not follow him ... something about being busy raising children, working and all that ... during his heyday. I have been...
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The wilderness right outside our doors

Scott Sampson's How to Raise a Wild Child affirms what I have long felt but couldn't explain: All of us, especially kids, need to connect with nature in all sorts of ways, large and small. He lays out the arguments for connecting children with the natural world and...
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If the people lead . . .

Bartletts, or else my search technique, has failed me. The quote I am looking for is, "If the people lead, the leaders will follow," and it came to mind yesterday when Parents Forum board and friends gathered yesterday to mark Respect for Parents Day. I think we need...
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Why do we so often think . . .

that economic justice is a problem only for poor people? that gender equity, along with sexual assault and sex trafficking, are concerns only for women? that intimate partner violence can be resolved by helping only the victims? that racial equality is an issue only...
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Today’s the day for donuts …and discussions

What's more important, treats or talk? Both are of course and I am a big fan of chatting. I hope to see some of the readers of this (very occasional) blog at Davis Square in Somerville (Mass.) this afternoon between 1pm and 3pm. The address is 250 Elm Street, near the...
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Report from Tunis, and FIEP

Steven Pinker ... a quote I read on a Chipotle bag, of all places ... said, "We will never have a perfect world, but it is not romantic or naive to work toward a better one." I am in Tunis this week for the 50th anniversary conference of the International Federation...
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Jay Z said "Dream Big, Be Unrealistic" …I’m ready!

The beginning of my horoscope today – which ends 'Start small' – is much more inspirational: 'Travel, connect with old friends and... consider offering a service that is in dire need in your community.' January looks right in line with this advice. In a week's time I...
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Our goal as parenting educators

We want parents to raise compassionate children . . . http://nyti.ms/1m00bbn . . . right The parenting education and support that social services presently offer does not seem to do enough to help enough parents accomplish this goal. I suggest we consider more peer...
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