News Release

Monday, September 26, 2005

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or


October 6: “Parenting Without Power Struggles”

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The second in a year-long series of parenting workshops on developing better relationships with children will be presented by Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Kohl’s Department Stores on October 6, 7-9 p.m., in the hospital’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. The workshop, "Parenting Without Power Struggles," will explore the common reasons behind parent-child power struggles and why "time-out" or "ignoring" techniques work for some parents but not others. "Attendees will learn effective, parent-tested techniques to help avoid overreacting and to develop a plan of action that can win cooperation and stop the power struggles in their home," said Sandra "Sam" Fabian, CHKD community outreach coordinator. Expert guest speaker for this second workshop is Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, a nationally recognized parenting and early childhood teacher and acclaimed speaker on dealing with spirited children. She also is a national television and radio show guest and author of articles for Working Mother, Parent and Good Housekeeping. Her books include: Raising Your Spirited Child, A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More: Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic; Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook; and Kids, Parents and Power Struggles: Winning for a Lifetime. Kurcinka holds degrees in family social science and early childhood education. The workshop is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. For more information or to register call (757) 668-7500 or visit, where information about future workshops also is available. The lecture series is made possible by a $45,700 grant from Kohl’s through its Kohl’s Cares for Kids Campaign.