Six Parenting Workshops Offered This Fall at Pequot Library

Southport, CT – Parenting requires skills and an appreciation of child development from infancy to adulthood. Understanding how to support the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of your child positively impacts their lives and promotes both academic and lifelong success. To aid parents in navigating the ins and outs of parenting, Pequot Library announces its Fall series of workshops for parents. Would you like to have the opportunity to meet and talk with an expert who can listen and help address your questions, all in the comfort of a casual, relaxed atmosphere while enjoying coffee, light refreshments, and meaningful conversation? Here is your chance.

Starting on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., parents of young children up through kindergarten can join parenting consultant Susan O’Brien, LCSW, for a series of three workshops for parents and caregivers of young children on a range of parenting and child development topics. Ms. O’Brien will answer parents’ questions about their child’s behavior, growth, or development, in her program, Parenting Practices: Positive Parenting for Everyday Challenges. Children ages 3-5 accompanying their caregiver may join the Children’s Librarian for a special storytime and craft from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m., then rejoin their parents during the Q&A session. The program is free and open to the public and will help parents rethink parenting challenges and provide positive strategies to reduce stress at home. The program will also discuss how to establish family rules that will teach your children to listen and restore family harmony. Registration is recommended at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (203) 259-0346 ext. 116. Additional Fall topics include: October 16, Sleep, Nutrition and Potty Training and on November 20, How to Teach Social Skills and Resolve Conflict.

Susan Reichman O’Brien graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1984 and is a licensed clinical social worker with twenty-five years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in private and public counseling agencies. She has been a school consultant and is currently a group facilitator for discussion groups on issues regarding child development and parenting.

For middle- and high-school-aged students and their parents Pequot Library presents Parenting Practices: Strategies for Academic Success and What Parents Can Do to Support Them on Tuesdays starting on September 19 at 7:00 p.m. The first in the series 7 Skills All Students Need to for Success helps students get ready for the new academic year. This free seminar is a powerful one-hour presentation, during which parents will learn how to support their child with seven tools and concrete ideas that can be implemented right away for better results and grades. 

It is led by Michelle Sagalyn, president of S4 Study Skills and she will help attendees learn the answer to these questions and more: What are the 7 skills all students need to be successful in school? How should they prepare for tests? How can your student eliminate distractions when they study? How can your student avoid feeling overwhelmed? Should your student study for a subject all in one shot, or over time? What can you do as a parent support your student? Registration is at http://enroll.successfulstudyskills4students.com/enroll/pequot.

S4’s mission is to unlock the power of learning to improve, enhance, and support students’ academic careers. They provide strategies, and study skills needed to build successful academic careers. By teaching logical, easy-to-implement study skills, S4 helps students establish and build habits for a foundation for learning and academic success. More than 3,500 students, reflecting over 70 schools and community venues, have participated in S4’s evidence-based workshops in Connecticut and New York.

The following two workshops include on October 17, Parenting Practices: SAT vs. ACT: Choosing the Best Test given by C2 Education of Fairfield and on November 21, Parenting Practices: What Every Parent Should Know About Special Education Law and Their Child's Rights presented by Special Education Law and Disability Attorney Lawrence Berliner. For more information on all programs visit pequotlibrary.org.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!


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