General Meeting Dates and Programs:
September 5: “Happy Marriage, Happy Kids” by Nell Bush,
Ph. D., Child Development Specialist
Sometimes the culture around us puts so much pressure on positive parenting that our marriages get overlooked. Family research shows that the marriage relationship actually plays a vital role in the health and well-being of our children, so please join us as we discuss various types of healthy marriages, as well as the best ways to parent as a team while still respecting each other’s unique parenting style. Sound boring? Well then, let’s throw a little love and sex in there as well!
October 3: “Whole Brain Parenting- No Medical Degree
Required” by Toni Scalise, M.Ed., LPC-S, RPT-S,
You are hard-wired for connection, especially with your children and spouses/partners. But what happens when there is a break-down in that connection? Join us as we explore the role that our brain plays in our relationships and our everyday lives. Largely based on Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson’s book, The Whole-Brain Child, you will learn about those undesirable reactions in your children and yourself which leads to a more whole-hearted connection with your children and those around you. Discover what lies beneath those toddler tantrums (and your own) and the specific techniques that help regulate your child and yourself.
November 7: “Rethinking Resilience” by Kelly Jameson, Ph. D
Many of us think of resilience as our response after something bad has occurred, but Dr. Kelly Jameson will shed some new light on this topic that brings resilience all the way back to early childhood. Who knew we are shaping resilience with our early parenting choices! It's difficult to imagine your baby being rejected by someone in middle school or not making the club soccer team in high school, but the disappointments are ahead and you can actually help in that process now. Don't miss this event that will change the way you think about your child's activities.
**December 4: Mistletoe Mixer! at The Mercury
Tis the season to bid and shop ‘til you drop!! Join us for our silent auction and raffle benefiting the NDECPTA. We will have yummy bites for you to enjoy while you shop and socialize.
January 9: “Eat Well, Move More, and Sleep Better” by
Megan Lyons, Certified Health Coach
Are you great at taking care of others … but find yourself de-prioritizing what it takes to feel YOUR happiest and healthiest? If so, you won’t want to miss our January meeting. Megan Lyons, owner of The Lyons’ Share Wellness, will discuss Eating Well (nutrition tips to boost your energy and protect your long-term health), Moving More (strategies to fit movement into even the busiest lifestyle) and Sleeping Better (sleep and stress management tips to help you recharge your batteries). Get your questions about health and wellness answered by an expert who promotes positivity over guilt, whole foods over fad diets, and realistic moderation over perfection.
**February 7 @ 7:30 PM (Evening Speaker, Guests
"THE BIRDS AND THE BEES...oh help me, please!"
Location is TBD
Presented by Megan Michelson, Birds and Bees
Instead of growing up with a blank page, or worse, a page filled with confusion based on media images or porn, what if children grew up knowing the value and purposes of sex? What if they understood the design of birth, conception, and reproduction? And better yet, what if they learned this from conversations with the people who love them the most? We believe parents can be prepared, encouraged, and equipped for these conversations. Bring your spouse, partner, friend, and/or neighbor and join us as Megan Michelson from The Birds & The Bees gives us strategies to talk to our children about sex. Our children deserve more than an awkward conversation at an awkward age.
March 5: Summer Activities Fair!
Join us for our annual Summer Activities Fair and come get ideas for planning your kids’ summer activities by visiting with local camps, schools, and businesses.
April 2: “Organizing Kids” by Lorraine Brock, Professional
Organizer Instagram- @lorrainebrock.getorganized
Believe it or not, there is a time when kids can learn to pick up after themselves. Join us as Lorraine Brock, President of Get Organized, gives us organization tips when it comes to toy storage, creating age-appropriate chores, laundry organization, and much more.
May 7: End of the Year Brunch, Gift Market, and
Join us for brunch at a local restaurant where we will have a silent auction and raffle full of spring and summer items and activities. This event is a fabulous way to celebrate the “close” of the PTA year and see everyone before summer begins.
** The December Mixer and February Meeting will be held in the evenings at alternate locations that will be specified during the promotion
of the event/meeting!