Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting, Center for Health Innovation and Alice Brown Early Learning Center is offering two events focused on parenting spirited children.
“Spirited children are normal children who are more intense, sensitive, perceptive, persistent and energetic. It’s as though they are born with a Lamborghini engine inside of them,” said parent educator, Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, who will discuss the challenges of parenting spirited children during an event for parents and the community-at-large. “Research documents that parents of spirited children must be more skilled in order to help their children calm themselves and learn the skills to use their strengths in a positive manner,” said Kurcinka, author of the book “Raising A Spirited Child.”
At these seminars parents will learn that “they are not alone,” that “their children possess traits we value in adults” and “strategies to help their children manage their intensity,” Kurcinka said. Parents will also learn “how to build a relationship with their child that keeps them working with you even during the tough times.”
Kurcinka will lead an interactive discussion for parents during “Raising Your Spirited Child” on April 10 at 7 p.m. in the University’s Ruth S. Harley University Center in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, 1 South Ave., Garden City. Registration cost is $10 and free child care is available with advance registration.
The full-day professional development program “The Spirited Child: Helping Parents Learn the Secrets to Effective Discipline” is on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. Registration cost is $115.
For more information about Adelphi University Institute for Parenting events, visit adelphi.edu/parentinginstitute.