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  • Larry Jones: Parents University: Educating parents, caregivers

  • Do you find parenting to be the most rewarding, yet challenging job you have ever had? If you answered yes, then Parents University was created with you in mind.

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  • Do you find parenting to be the most rewarding, yet challenging job you have ever had? If you answered yes, then Parents University was created with you in mind.
    Parents University is an annual conference designed especially for parents and caregivers. It is an opportunity to learn new ideas, exchange ideas with local experts, visit with other parents and view exhibits featuring businesses and agencies that serve parents, caregivers and children.
    Through collaboration, Parents University aims to foster the close communication that strengthens the community support of and response to families, raise awareness about issues related to children, and to provide education to the community as a whole.
    This year, Parents University will be on April 6 at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast provided by Chris Cakes. This will be followed by three 50-minute sessions for parents and caregivers. During each session slot, attendees will be given the choice of four or five topics, which will include Keeping Kids Calm: Mindfulness and Relaxation Skills; Family Dinner–What is it Worth?; Financial Wellness Workshop; The Impact of Fathering; Parenting the Difficult Child; Love and Logic for Childcare Employees; Eating Healthy on a Budget; BYOB: Bring Your Own Baby; and many more.
    These sessions will provide parents and caregivers with skills that were never taught in school. Attendees will leave knowing how to teach a child to be responsible for their decisions, the importance of eating meals together, the importance of safe sleep arrangements for babies, everyday opportunities for infant brain development, and how to successfully communicate with children to positively manage behavior.
    Parents University is fun for kids too. A variety of activities have been planned for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Activities are supervised by our child-care specialists and volunteers. Parents University will be providing free childcare during the sessions for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
    In addition to this, all guests will be eligible to win a variety of door prizes that will be drawn throughout the morning. For more information on topics, presenters or general information, please like Parents University 2013 on Facebook, or contact the Independence Health Department at 816-325-7185. Space is limited, and early registration is recommended.
    Larry Jones, MPH, is the director of the Independence Health Department.
     
     
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