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Beth Jenson will present two parenting support workshops

bethjpgJoin us Saturday, March 7, at the Orcas Island Senior Center. A successful marriage and family therapist highly recognized for her work within the special needs community, Beth Jenson, MA, LMHC, will lead our third “Strengthening Island Families” parenting presentation Sat., March 7 at the Senior Center.  Attend one or both of the seminars and enjoy lunch and time to engage with other parents of preschool-age children facing some of the same challenges.

9:30 am – noon “Raising a Sensory-Friendly Family”  Your child avoids finger-painting, refuses to wear socks, or prefers to go naked.  He melts down at birthday parties, wiggles out of circle time, or covers his ears during songs.   Learn more about your child’s quirky sensory seeking or avoiding behaviors.  Explore ways to regulate extra-sensitive and extra-wiggly bodies and brains, soothe the accompanying meltdowns, and plan for success in activities that tend to upset the sensitive.

 12:30 – 3 pm “Bounce Back Kids – Teaching Kids Resilience” Explore how parents can strengthen kids’ resiliency – the ability to emotionally “bounce back” from negative experiences – and give our children strategies for dealing with the everyday childhood tragedies of frustration, disappointments and worries.

Children’s House, Kaleidoscope, Montessori and Salmonberry have agreed to provide child care free of charge for students whose parents will be attending the workshops.  Lunch will be served to students at the centers and parents or guardians attending the programs will be treated to lunch and refreshments.

The programs, care and lunch are free, but reservations are required to ensure adequate food and caregivers are available.  Reservations can be made to any of the Preschools. Learn more about our presenter at www.bethjenson.com

Workshop helps parents gain empathy insight, skills

Parents from Eastsound’s early childhood learning centers learned new techniques for empathizing with others — particularly their own children — in a workshop, January 10th. Presenter Rena Patty talked to parents about the value of empathy (the respectful understanding of what others are experiencing) in improving relationships and focused on ways parents could do this with their children. renapatty1

The key ingredients to empathy, she said, are intention, presence, focus and confirmation so we can connect with our children’s feelings and needs. Parents don’t have to solve every need but should recognize that behavior is often an expression of the need and desire to be understood. Empathy can help a family connect better.

The “Empathy for Parenting” program was part of the “Strengthening Island Families” series, produced by the four early learning centers and underwritten by an OICF grant matched by San Juan County ECEAP. This is the second in the series.

Rena Patty to present workshop “Empathy for Parenting”

Rena Smile NVC - Version 2A Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication and recognized for her mediation and workshop facilitation through the Orcas Healing Arts Center, Rena Patty will lead our second “Strengthening Island Families” presentation.

10 AM – 2:30 PM, Sat., Jan. 10
Lundeen Room, Orcas Senior Center:
“Empathy for Parenting”

Empathy can provide precious companionship for the stresses, challenges and joys of parenting.  Empathy gives children a stable foundation of knowing that they matter and are loved through all the opportunities and challenges they face in life.  And empathy offers families predictable pathways to deeper connection, closeness and creative cooperation.  Fortunately, with practice, empathy is an easily learnable, doable skill.

Would you like more empathy in your family life?  This “Empathy for Parenting” workshop will include hands-on learning activities. Join us to practice “listening with empathy,” and to learn to “transform conflict into empathy for self and others.”

Children’s House, Kaleidoscope, Montessori and Salmonberry have agreed to provide child care free of charge for students whose parents will be attending the workshops.  Lunch will be served to students at the centers and parents or guardians attending the programs will be treated to lunch and refreshments.

The programs, care and lunch are free, but reservations are required to ensure adequate food and caregivers are available.  Reservations can be made to any of the Preschools.

The programs , care and lunch are free but reservations are required to ensure adequate food and caregivers are available. Join us for this exciting and fun-filled day of parenting education.

About our speaker:
Rena Patty is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, parent of two young adult sons, and a life-long resident of Orcas Island.  She been practicing and sharing empathy skills with others since 1997.  For the past four years, Rena has been volunteering as a workshop facilitator for the Freedom Project, successfully teaching empathy skills to men in prison.  Rena has volunteered on staff at a Nonviolent Communication Family Camp on Vashon Island, sharing empathy with parents and children.  Rena facilitates weekly empathy practice groups and is available for individual, couple and family consultations, mediation, and workshop facilitation through the Orcas Healing Arts Center.

Parents glean from presenter and each other

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Parents and educators of Pre-K students gathered to hear Ray Soriano, Nov. 1, as he kicked off the first in a series of “Strengthening Island Families” workshops. “The quality of our relationships with the children we care for is the most important factor that contributes to their growth, development and success,” Ray said. Word choice, tone, body language, gestures and expressions all influence our connections.

Ray Soriano Kicks Off Family Series

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Ray Soriano will present to Orcas families Sat., Nov. 1 at the Senior Center.

Early Childhood trainer Ray Soriano will kick off the “Strengthening Island Families” workshop series with two sessions to help parents reach their children more effectively and by using the strengths of their different parenting styles.

Ray is known for his fun, engaging and inspirational style of presenting. The two sessions can be attended independently or in conjunction with each other.

  • 9:30- noon, Sat., Nov 1. Lundeen Room, Orcas Senior Center: “The Power of Relationships” Five Ways to connect more deeply with children, including discussions of teaching and guiding boys.
  • 12:30- 3 PM, Sat., Nov 1. Lundeen Room, Orcas Senior Center: “Parenting Styles and Activities to do with your children” (recognizing different styles but focusing on strengths of each), incorporating activities and music into parenting.

Ask your center about childcare options available. Children’s House, Kaleidoscope, Montessori and Salmonberry programs have agreed to provide care free of charge for students whose parents will be attending the workshops.  Lunch will be served to students at the centers and parents/guardians attending the programs will be treated to lunch and refreshments, as well.

The programs , care and lunch are free but reservations are required to ensure adequate food and caregivers are available.

Join us for this exciting and fun-filled day of parenting education.

About our speaker:
Ray Soriano is an early childhood and school-age trainer, parent educator, program consultant, teaching musician, and drumming event facilitator.  A relentless advocate for children, Ray draws from 25 years of service to children and families which includes preschool teaching, school-age care, child care administration, therapeutic children’s programs, parent education, Child Protective Services, and teaching drumming and music in schools and youth programs. Ray is a prevalent trainer and workshop presenter who has shared his passion and expertise with thousands of professionals and parents throughout Washington State. Ray honors diverse perspectives and is committed to social justice.  He currently serves as a Program Manager for Skagit/Islands Head Start, Skagit Valley College, and is attaining his Master of Social Work through Eastern Washington University.  Ray lives and plays with his son in Bellingham, WA, USA.

Ray’s workshops include:

  • Drumming and Rhythm Event Facilitation – Children, Youth, Adults
  • Child Development Topics: Guiding and Teaching Boys; Music and Drumming with Children; Children and Grief; Relationships with Children; Activities for Children
  • Youth Empowerment and Leadership – School-Age and Teen
  • Parent Education: Connecting with Your Child; Raising Boys; Parenting Styles
  • Father’s/Men’s Groups / Engaging Men in the Lives of Children
  • Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (Authorized Facilitator – d2l.org)
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education and School-Age Care