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An old adage goes,"Marry a man, marry his family." The same could be fairly applied to hiring an employee:  his or her concerns — parenting issues, family-related stress, family time management — all have an impact upon job performance. Many working parents feel the need for support with the difficult task of juggling career and family. 
 
An employee who feels his or her company is supportive of these concerns is a happier — and more loyal — employee.
 
Workshops by Marcie Rosen provide the kind of support that can make the challenging job of parenting a little easier. The presenter serves as both a resource and facilitatior for small group discussions in which parents can share concerns, explore solutions, and receive mutual support for the very real problems of raising kids.
 
Participants learn about pertinent parenting issues — discipline, "quality time," helping children cope with change — and discover strategies for helping things run more smoothly at home and making the most of time with their families. Each parent receives a written synopsis of the topic, as well as a bibliography of relevant resources.
 
Workshops by Marcie Rosen give your company a concrete and convenient way to demonstrate your commitment to working parents.
 
On-Site Workshops for Parents
 

ONE, TWO, VELCRO YOUR SHOE!
Early experiences with learning are crucial in shaping a child’s attitude toward school. At this workshop you’ll find lots of ways to make learning fun, get tips for using everyday activities to reinforce basic reading, math and even science concepts; and have the opportunity to make some simple educational games of your own. Help your child discover that learning is the best game of all!

BUT WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT?
If you’ve ever read the same bedtime story to your child every night for two weeks, you know that kids love repetition, thrive on the comfort of the familiar; children gain a sense of control from knowing what comes next. But what happens when something—moving, starting school, a new babysitter-upsets that routine, threatens that security? Accepting change can be difficult even for adults, but helping kids cope with new situations calls for special understanding and care. Learn many constructive, practical ways to help your child view change as an adventure rather than a threat.

GETTING CRAFTY WITH YOUR KIDS
For a child, nothing can compare to the thrill of creating something all his/her own. Whether it’s a simple arts and crafts activity, a homemade game, or a special gift, “making it” is a wonderful way to develop a child’s sense of pride, confidence and competence. At this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn lots of ways your child can use inexpensive “stuff’ around the house to make simple games, gifts and projects in as little as 15 minutes.

I LOVE YOU...NOW MIND ME!
Self-esteem is a crucial factor in the development of a child’s potential. But how can a parent achieve that difficult balance between approval and limit-setting, between praise and punishment? After this informative workshop, you’ll come away with lots of ways to enhance your child’s image of himself, head off trouble before it starts, and help your child achieve the ultimate goal: self-discipline.

 

IS THERE LIFE AFTER BIRTH?
Coping with a new baby can put a strain on even the most loving family. Learn some practical strategies for surviving that first difficult but rewarding year. Topics covered include sibling relationships, having time for both kids, and making time for yourself.


BURGLARS & BOGEYMEN
From “things that go bump in the night” to separation anxiety, small children are often disturbed by fears and worries. Whether the causes are real or imaginary, the struggle for your child is a real one. Learn a variety of practical, effective techniques and activities for dealing with these fears, and send those bogeymen back where they came from!

NOT JUST CHILD’S PLAY
Play is a child’s first way of interacting with the world, exercising newly developed skills, and trying out new roles. Toys and play materials are important tools in this process. But how do you get past all the “hype “and find toys that won’t end up in the back of the closet? After this hands-on workshop you’ll come away with a checklist of characteristics to look for, as well as some new games you’ll create yourself.

ONE MORE DRINK OF WATER, ONE MORE BITE OF PEAS
It’s ironic that the very activities we want most to enjoy with our children frequently become the most stressful parts of the day. If mealtime with your kids is giving you indigestion, and bedtime is becoming a nightmare, this workshop is for you! Learn some strategies to make these everyday routines more relaxed and satisfying for both you and your child.

“PLAY NICE”
When children leave the security of their own home and family, they begin a life-long journey into the world of “social skills:” getting along with others, expressing emotions in acceptable ways, and learning to follow rules. Discover ways to help your child make this transition more smoothly, and help make these first experiences positive ones.

WISE BUYS: TEACHING KIDS TO BE SMART CONSUMERS
Each year the toy, food, and clothing industries spend billions of dollars on the premise that kids are fair game in the marketplace. Equip your kids with the skills they need to be wise consumers: how to recognize advertising techniques, how not to be taken in by misleading claims; how to make informed choices; and how to get the most for their (or your) money.

QUALITY TIME FOR BUSY PARENTS
Whether you have a partner or are on your own, parenting is a lot more complicated than it used to be. How do you cope with all the demands on your time, and still find ways to spend that elusive “quality time” with your family? A down-to-earth look at creative methods of making the most of the time you have with your kids; strategies for finding time to be a person (and/or a couple) as well as a parent; and tips on balancing the two .

MAKING IT ALL A.D.D UP
Being a parent is a tough job in the best of circumstances. But parenting a child with an attention or behavior disorder such as ADD or ADHD can be truly challenging. This workshop will explain the basics about children with this condition, and give lots of practical tips for setting limits, using your child’s positive traits to strengthen his/her deficits, building his/her self-esteem, handling schoolwork and other responsibilities, and making your home life run more smoothly.

RUB-A-DUB-DUB, LEARN IN THE TUB!
Turn an everyday routine into an enjoyable and educational experience! Lots of fun, easy-to-do activities and experiments using ordinary household materials and toys to help your young explorer develop number skills, learn basic science concepts, develop coordination and stimulate thinking skills.

READ IT AGAIN, MOMMY!
Reading aloud to young children is an important precursor to later reading success. But how many times can you read “The Three Bears” before you’re ready to eat Goldilocks ?! Repetition can be tedious, but this workshop will give you ways to create a “variation on a theme,” expand your child’s vocabulary, extend your child’s repertoire of beloved books, and nurture his/her love of reading.