2019 Microsoft Parenting Series

Building 16 on MSFT Campus on Thursdays at 12 pm for 60 minutes
Lectures on the Microsoft campus are open to families of Microsoft employees.
February 7, 2019 Making Friends/Keeping Friends

Kids who are happy and successful at school are kids with good friends who have someone to play with at recess. Teach your child the skills they need to make friends and keep friends. Discover what parents can do at home to build your child’s social skills and friendship network so they are well liked and get along with others.

February 14, 2019 Getting Things Done

Is it hard to get your child going whether it’s out the door for school or getting chores or homework done? Learn strategies to help your child plan and complete tasks.

February 21, 2019 Discover Your Child’s Aptitudes and Abilities

What are your dreams for your child’s future? What interests does your child have, their favorite activities and toys? Learn what you can do as a parent to help your child discover their passion and explore careers they might enjoy. Discover experiences you can provide your child to help them think about what they might like to do when they grow up.

February 28, 2019 Parenting Boys- What you Need to Know

Physical intimidation, bullying comments like “Loser”, competition, hating taking a shower, not wanting to do homework independently and refusing to check in about what’s going on are some issues parents of boys deal with hands on. Find out strategies to connect with your son and find common ground.

March 7, 2019 Parenting Girls- What you Need to Know

Emotional highs and lows, clothes and body image and cliques are some of the issues unique to girls. Explore issues that parents come up against in raising happy, smart, and successful girls.

March 21, 2019 Five Learning Pathways to your Child’s Success

What skills does your child need to be successful? Discover how young children build brain connections through play activities. Learn about the five main areas in your child’s brain that store and retrieve information. Identify what skills teachers expect and what every child needs to be successful.

March 28, 2019 Strategies to Build Top Notch Mathematics Skills

Everyday parents can provide opportunities to build math skills. From sorting laundry to shopping at the grocery store, learn games that teach math concepts and allow your child to multi-task.

April 4, 2019 Bullyproofing Your Child

It’s not easy to be a kid. At preschool it’s biting and pushing. Later it’s teasing and intimidation. Learn how to coach your child to stand up to intimidation and hold their ground. Find out about strategies beyond just ignoring or hitting back. Discover cutting edge strategies to teach your kid to hold their own and stand up for themselves at school and at recess. Coach your child to do more than tell the teacher or ignore it. Open forum for questions.

April 11, 2019 Media and Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?

From cell phones to videogames, your child is inundated with digital media. What is the best way to manage our dependence on the grid? How much is too much? Discuss the benefits and risks of media and how to allocate and manage electronic devices including cell phones, laptops, videogames, and time spent at the computer. Chat with other parents about what works for them.

April 18, 2019 Choosing After School Activities

Learn key strategies to assess afterschool programs and how to get some homework done. Find out what goes on during afterschool programs including level of supervision, social networks, and activities.

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