Parent enrichment

United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s 7th Annual Parent Enrichment program featuring Dr. David Walsh will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Schwan’s Center for Performing Arts at the Marshall High School. Please mark your calendars for this informative session. It is free and open to the public. A Community Resource Fair featuring 17 area organizations will begin at 6:15pm and the session will run from 7-9 p.m.

Dr. Walsh will present iBrains: Guiding Children and Teens to Success in the Digital Age. During his presentation he will explain how technology is changing the ways that young people live, learn and socialize. More importantly he will identify three major strategies to assure that young people maximize digital benefits while avoiding the risks.

The workshop will answer important questions like:

What are healthy boundaries and parameters around technology use?

How can we teach kids to use technology to connect rather than disconnect?

How can we teach students to concentrate in a culture of chronic partial attention?

David Walsh, Ph.D. has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on children, teens, parenting, family life, and the impact of technology on children’s health and development. He spent 10 years teaching and coaching high school students before joining Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis to develop and direct innovative counseling programs for youth and families. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

Dr. Walsh has presented workshops to parents, educators and professionals throughout the world. He is the author of 10 books, including the national best sellers “Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen” and “No: Why Kids of All Ages Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It.” His newest book “Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: the One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier and Happier,” was released in June 2011.

Education is a priority area for the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. The United Way’s Success By 6 committee dedicates their time to providing quality learning opportunities for children birth to age 6 in order to help them be prepared for Kindergarten. Most of the Success By 6’s time and effort is focused on children. However, several years ago the United Way of Southwest Minnesota found there was a need for parents to receive more support in their role and parent enrichment opportunities were born. We hope you will join us for this informative session. Additional information can be found by visiting www.UnitedWaySWMN. org.

The prime sponsors, in addition to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, are: Marshall ECFE, Southwest Initiative Foundation and Marshall PTA. Additional support for this program comes from First Lutheran Church Youth and Family, Southwest Health and Human Services, Marshall Women of Today, Sanford Tracy Medical Center, RTR PTSA and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church.