Daily Archives: October 8, 2012

Okay, let’s eat

Stacy Shapiro is a friend of mine and a friend of The Parenting Place.  She has shared her time and expertise generously over the years by presenting workshops at The Parenting Place for our participating families.  She believes in families and in helping them to define and recognize their strengths.

On Thursday, October 18th at Viterbo University, the Reinhart Center, Room 107, there will be a free workshop, Creating an Ethical Culture …At Home.  The workshop will be facilitated by Rick Kyte, Director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Stacy Shapiro of Shapiro Strategies. 

Attendees of the workshop will learn how to encourage their children to be their best selves, explore the moral development of children at different ages, hear techniques for raising good children in a challenging culture, and practical ideas to share with their families at home.

If you would like to attend this free workshop, you can register at ethics@viterbo.edu or telephone (608) 796-3704.

It should be a very interesting and informative evening.

When we think about encouraging our children to be their best selves, we can only think that means trying to be our own best selves for them.  Our children are taking their cues from us.  The way we live our life is being carefully observed and often scrutinized by our children everyday.  As parents we have the opportunity as well as the responsibility to provide our children with a strong sense of what our family believes in,  what makes us unique, and what connects us to each other.

One of the ways  that we can make this happen is by making family meals together a priority.

According to an article in the June 25,2012 Christian Science Monitor, Back to the Dinner Table, ” Today, frequent family dinners – the magic number seems to be at least five times a week –  are associated with lower teen use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana; lower risk of obesity, eating disorders and teen pregnancy; and improved nutrition, physical and mental health, grades and relationships with parents.”

Wow!  All that while actually having a good time.  Especially if we use these occasions to be really present, to talk, to ask questions, to listen to each other, to laugh, and to make memories.

Which brings me to my next announcement – The Parenting Place’s Fundraiser – Dine to Donate – at Perkins Restaurant, 9428 Hwy 16 in Onalaska, Wednesday, October 17th between 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Now – here is a perfect opportunity for families to have an outing for dinner (and remember, Perkins serves breakfast all day, which I love!) as well as support The Parenting Place and the free parenting programs we offer at the same time.

Just bring in the coupon from The Parenting Place’s Building Blocks or print it from The Parenting Place Facebook page.  One coupon per party and The Parenting Place receives 20%  of the bill.

We can do that together – can’t we?  Help us while enjoying a good meal together and being a part of that evening’s “families eating together”.

Hope to see you there!

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