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“Child & Parent Mindfulness for Everyday Life,” a parenting workshop for parents and youth (age 11-15), will take place over eight sessions from 7:00 to 8:00 pm beginning Tuesday, April 17. The workshops will be help at Trinity Church (330 Ravenswood Ave.) in Menlo Park.

Leading the series is physician and mindfulness expert Dr. Amy Saltzman. Both a trained MD and a practitioner of holistic medicine, she is a mother and author of A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions.

Dr. Saltzman’s research, some of which was conducted at Stanford, has convinced her that there are concrete steps parents and children can take to help children navigate these formational years between childhood and adulthood with calm and resilience.

The cost of the workshops, which are open to the community and continue on Tuesday evenings through June 5, is $10 a session, $80 for the series. Register here.

If schedule conflicts prevent both parent and child from attending together, a parent may attend on their own.

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“Bullying: Signs, Signals, Technology, and Tips” is topic of SafeSpace workshop on March 6

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Learn the differences between the minds of girls and boys at MPCSD talk on Feb. 28

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The next MPCSD Parent Education Speaker Series, titled “The Minds of Boys and Girls”, will be on  Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m., at the Hillview PAC.  In this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, renowned educator, family counselor, and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian focuses on helping boys and girls across the gender […]

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Class offered on Feb. 24

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SafeSpace workshop for parents: The Shifting Tides of Teenage Years begins Feb. 27

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How neuroscience affects learning is M-A parent education talk on Feb. 15

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A volunteer pursuit turns into full-time occupation for education expert Charlene Margot

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Child and Family Institute “Change Makers” mix learning and giving back by building a playhouse

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