News Release

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Contact: Greg Raver-Lampman, 668-7554

Free Kohl's-sponsored parenting classes and seminars in May

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The following free public programs will be offered by CHKD and Kohl’s Cares Family Forum in May.

May 1 - May 22. 24/7 Dads Program. Free. 5:15-8 p.m. Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, Volunteer Conference Room, 2nd floor, Norfolk. This free four-week program (for dads only) will give you a better understanding of your role as a father and the roles played in raising a child by other family members. Learn about basic parenting skills, positive discipline, expectations and child development, communication techniques with any age child, and how to get involved with your child. Family origin, fathering and culture will also be discussed, as well as how addictions hinder father/child relationships. The class book and a light meal will be provided free of charge. This is a Kohl's Cares Family Forum event. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

May 3, Packing Your Child's Suitcase for a Lifetime of Success (Parent Program). Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Nelson Community College, Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road, Hampton. Every parent has hopes and dreams for their child to grow up to be happy and productive citizens. How is this accomplished? Learn from Minalee Saks how to pack your child’s suitcase from the time they are born with memories, lessons, experiences and values that they will carry to shape their decisions for the rest of their lives. You will identify the values most important to you and learn how to instill them in your child. These values will guide your decision making and parenting strategies throughout the parenting years. Learn 10 great parenting strategies to strengthen your connections with your child and build meaningful memories and experiences. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

May 4, The Universality of Parenting Education Across Countries and Cultures. (Professional Workshop). Free. 9 - 11 a.m. CHKD Brickhouse Auditorium, 2nd floor, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk. Parents around the world vary in their experiences, environments, cultures and beliefs. Yet they have much in common in their wants and needs in raising their children. Speaker Minalee Saks will share what she has learned as a trainer of parent educators across the US, in Eastern Europe, and in India. The workshop will focus on these insights and give hands on demonstrations of concepts and activities that have been embraced universally and will have value for families in your own community. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

May 16, Connections Between Brain Development and Challenging Behaviors (Professional). Free. 1-4 p.m. CHKD Health & Surgery Center at Oyster Point, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, 1st floor conference room, Newport News. Many parents struggle with their child's challenging behavior, often to the point of feeling hopeless about their parenting ability. Learn from Marsha Engle how to help parents not only survive everyday parenting challenges, but help their family thrive. First, discover how a child's developing brain is wired and how it matures. Then, learn how to teach parents to apply this knowledge and how to equip them with the tools needed to cultivate a child’s healthy emotional and intellectual development. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

May 16, Solutions to Your Child’s Challenging Behavior (Parent). Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. CHKD Health & Surgery Center at Oyster Point, 11783 Rock Landing Drive, 1st floor conference room, Newport News. When a child is hungry, sick or skins a knee, parents know just what to do or how to help. But when a child has a temper tantrum or meltdown, parents are often frustrated and aren’t sure how to respond. Learn from Marsha Engle about the “upstairs” and “downstairs” brain of a child to gain insight on how to respond to emotional needs. Specific strategies will be shared to help manage challenging behaviors and foster calmer, more cooperative and happier children. Register online at www.chkd.org/classes.

May 19, Happiest Baby on the Block. Free. 10 a.m.–noon. CHKD Health & Surgery Center at Princess Anne, 2021 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach. This two-hour class for expectant and new parents will help Mom and Dad navigate the first months of Baby's life while learning how to soothe even the fussiest infant in minutes and help Baby sleep longer. Parents will learn about the calming reflex, the cuddle cure and the "5 Ss." All participants will receive "The Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD by Dr. Harvey Karp and a soothing sounds CD. Space is limited and registration is required. Call Sam Fabian at 668-7402 to register.

May 20, Birth & Beyond Baby Expo 2012: Everything you need to know from pregnancy to preschool! Free. Noon-3:30 p.m. Marriott Chesapeake, 725 Woodlake Dr., Chesapeake. Join us to learn, shop and explore valuable resources needed to raise happy and healthy children. Whether you are pregnant or have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler, there’s something for you at the expo. No registration required.