2018 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.
January 4, 2018 Race and Education

How does being Indian, Asian or African American affect your child’s school experience and identity? Explore how to talk about racial issues that may come up with your children in American culture. Share ideas about how to maintain your cultural identity and values as your child meets a variety of children from different backgrounds.

January 11, 2018 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.

January 18, 2018 The 5 Rules of Raising a Successful Child

How do you help your child manage the daily challenges of school, competition, frustration, conflicts and friendships? Discover the five rules that every parent needs to know to help your child be confident, resilient, flexible, and social.

January 25, 2018 Balancing Work and Family Demands without Losing your Sanity

Long work days, project deadlines, manager reviews, it’s hard to find any time to be together as a family, or get time to play together. Discover how to maximize the time you do have to build and maintain a caring lifetime connection with your child. Find out how to use time in the car and bedtime to build your child’s self-esteem, self-confidence and deepen your connection with your child.

February 1, 2018 When You and Your Partner Disagree

Discover what to do when you and your spouse disagree about rules, consequences and your kid’s behavior. Explore the different ways men and women approach discipline. Find a way to get to “yes”.

February 8, 2018 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.

**CANCELED**February 15, 2018 **CANCELED** Parenting Boys- What you Need to Know **CANCELED**

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.

February 22, 2018 Teens and Pre-Teens: Keeping in Touch

Explore how to set expectations and stay in the loop. Discover the challenges of homework, peers and friendships, physiology and psychology that teens face. Find out where teens hang out and how to partner with your teen to build open communication. Learn how you and your teen can be armed with the tools you need to navigate the teen years successfully.

March 1, 2018 Big Kids, Little Kids and Getting Along

Whether it’s “He took my toy”, “She hit me”, or saying mean things to each other, help your kids learn to handle and resolve differences. Tips on how to facilitate conflict resolution are presented. Parents discover how to help kids compromise and stand up for themselves without parents or adults becoming judges, and enforcers. Parents can discover how to reduce competition between siblings and avoid jealousy and favoritism between their children.

March 8, 2018 In Search of Sleep

Does your child wake up at night? Find out how to get your child to go to bed. Discover the pros and cons of letting your child sleep with you. Learn how to handle getting your child back to sleep after waking up.

March 15, 2018 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.

March 22, 2018 Cool Birthday Parties

Get lots of new ideas about how to throw your child an awesome birthday party that’s fun, exciting and different. Find out what kind of parties are compelling to children of different ages.

March 29, 2018 Milestones: Keeping Your Child on Track

Learn what to expect in terms of learning, behavior, focus and attention span. Find out when to give your child chores, how to facilitate getting chores done and why they are important. Discover if your child needs a little boost or if they are ahead of the game.

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