We live in a world that is often described as increasingly “connected.” Through email, texts, and online social media, we can stay in constant contact with our coworkers, family, and friends, both locally and throughout the world. However, what these connections possess in speed, they can often lack in depth, and this can create profound feelings of isolation – and this can be especially true in the arena of parenting. Our online communities unfortunately cannot take the place of a warm, non-competitive, non-judgmental, and in-person social support system. Here at Holy Family, we are hoping to address this void with our new Parent Education Program.
Our newly formed Parent Education Program is the work of several parishioners and Holy Family staff who saw a need to support our families with children, and our primary focus is on the concept of “connection.” Holy Family would like to support connection in the lives of our families, in three key ways:
First, Connection with….Our Children: We will explore ways that we can increase our connection with our kids, beginning as babies and continuing as they become young adults. This connection forms the basis of secure attachment, and is vital to supporting our children’s developmental growth and resiliency.
Next, Connection with…Other Parents: We will foster a supportive community of fellow parents who are going through similar ages, stages, and issues, and facilitate dialogue and fellowship with each other, as well as access to the many resources that exist in our incredible community.
Finally, Connection with…Ourselves: We will provide opportunities for self-reflection, self-care, and self-discovery, exploring prayer, Ignatian spirituality, meditation, breath work, art, journaling, and other contemplative exercises to help us to feel centered in our otherwise busy, and sometimes overwhelming, lives.
The Holy Family Parent Education Program does not seek to advocate a particular parenting style, or tell parents how to raise their children – parents are all experts on their own children. Instead, this new program seeks to increase connection in all areas of families’ lives, and provide parents with community support, encouragement, fellowship, opportunities for self-discovery, and hopefully for life-long friendships. Parenting is not an easy vocation, but one that can be unbelievably transformative, and we’re excited to embark on this incredibly rewarding journey with you!
We will be offering courses for three age groups, covering 0-18:
- The Tween/Teen Years (5th/6th grade through 12th grade);
- The Elementary Years (Kindergarten through 4th/5th grade); and
- The Early Years (ages 0-5, coming in 2019).
~Let everything you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)~
Holy Family’s Fall 2018 Parent Education Course Offerings:
The Tween/Teen Years
For Parents of Tweens & Teens:
“Screenagers” documentary viewing, followed by a discussion with Dr. Joseph B. Dilley Ph.D., Tuesday, October 2nd, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Connolly Hall.
Ages 10 and up welcome. Donations appreciated. Please visit the website for details and to RSVP: https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-holy-family-school-8687
Tech Talk Tuesdays
For 3 weeks following the film screening, Tuesdays, October 9,16 and 23, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Holy Family Pastoral Center, discussions facilitated by Cristina Perez, LCSW, School Counselor at Mayfield Senior School, and former Staff at Student Counseling Services at the University of Southern California.
Topics include: digital citizenship, attention and distraction, mental health, socialization, health, cyber risks and benefits, sleep and screens, managing screen time, and embracing a cyberwise culture in and outside of the home.
$25 for the 3-week series or $10 for each drop-in class (2-for-1 tuition for couples).
The Elementary Years
For Parents of Elementary Aged Children:
Wednesdays, October 17 – December 19, 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Holy Family Pastoral Center. (No class 10/31 and 11/21)
Topics include: The Whole Brain Child and parenting for brain development, No Drama Discipline, behavior as communication, self-care, meditation, breath work, and prayer, emotional regulation, addressing trauma and loss, as well as student-suggested topics. Facilitated by Stephanie Ferguson, J.D., former Asst. Dean at the University of Southern California. Guest speakers to be announced.
Low-cost child care available for Kinder-age and up.
$160 for the 8-week series, or $115 early registration by October 5th.
The Early Years
Family Parenting Class for Parents and Children Ages 0-5: Coming Friday mornings in January 2019. Please visit our website for updates.
For questions or more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Ferguson is a Holy Family parishioner, wife, mother, attorney, and former administrative dean at the University of Southern California. Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with honors and distinction, from the University of Michigan, and went on to earn her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. She served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Initiatives at USC in the Graduate School, supervising student support services, and has most recently enjoyed her role as a full-time mother to her two young children. She has completed trauma-informed parenting classes at Echo Parenting & Education, and is currently enrolled in Echo’s Parent Educator Training and Certification Course. Stephanie is also a member of the La Canada Presbyterian Church Parent Education Board.
Cristina Perez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in mental health and crisis treatment. Perez has wide-ranging experience working with adolescents and young adults to address a variety of issues, from adjustment during life transitions to resolving life crises. She currently serves as the School Counselor at Mayfield Senior School, working directly with students, parents, and facilitating seminars focused on wellness. In her previous role at the University of Southern California’s Student Counseling Services, Perez provided direct clinical service to students and facilitated student programming to promote wellness, academic success and crisis prevention. She earned her B.A. in English with a Certificate in Ethnic Studies at the University of San Francisco, and her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Southern California.