Speakers' Bureau

Self-esteem and Success in School

Self-esteem has been a big buzzword in parenting and education for the last decade. How do we instill positive self-esteem without sacrificing discipline and a strong sense of responsibility?

• Defining healthy self-esteem
• How teachers can enhance self-esteem
• How parents can enhance self-esteem
• How to criticize constructively, set standards,
... enforce consequences - in a positive manner

Study Skills

Parents often bemoan the fact that their children do not seem to have appropriate study skills. This one session workshop will give parents the skills they need to guide their children.

• Time management
• Test taking skills
• Homework hints

Adolescence: The "Scary" Years

This presentation highlights some of the most challenging aspects of these years of change. Issues discussed would include

• Communicating with your adolescent
• Peer pressure
• Self-esteem
• Success in school
• Acting out
• Appropriate behavior
• Inappropriate behavior
• Effective responses

Anger/Violence

All parents are concerned about the recent murders on school campuses across our nation. This presentation would discuss ways to teach our children to express their anger and frustrations in acceptable, safe ways.

The Blended Family

• Step-parenting
• Sibling Issues
• Expectations vs. Reality
• Establishing Boundaries
• Communication

The Sandwich Generation

This workshop will help participants:
• Understand your situation's unique dynamics
• Set priorities
• Help
.....When do you need it?
.....How do you get it?
• Moving on - what is best for your parent?
.....adult day care
..... assisted living facilities
..... nursing homes
• Make time for yourself, your spouse, and your children

Participants will be introduced to the "Sandwich Generation Member's Bill of Rights." They will learn how to understand their situation's unique dynamics, set priorities, learn when and how to get help, and explore various options for caring for infirm patients. Concrete ways of easing the stress of caring for aging parents, tending to children, maintaining a good marriage, and making a living at the same time will be explored.

Successful Aging

As people age, it is important for them to maintain and maximize their quality of life. Important components of successful aging include having a purpose, feeling useful, and engaging in activities that give one's life meaning. Successful aging workshops explore concrete ways to continue to maintain interests and friendships as well as explore new possibilities - in spite of changes that may include decrease mobility, the loss of regular contact with friends who have may have become "snowbirds" or moved out of town to live closer to their adult children, the illness or death of a spouse, and deceased mobility.