San Rafael

May Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

May 3, 2015

Parents Place 2-year-oldParents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of May.

Hitting, Biting, and Pushing: Managing Aggressive Behavior in Young Children (1–5 years)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 7–9 pm
Young children can quickly and easily become overwhelmed by strong feelings that lead to aggression. As a parent, you can find mortifying to watch your child behave aggressively and not know how to intervene. During this workshop, you will acquire strategies to prevent, manage, and respond to aggressive behaviors, including biting, hitting, and grabbing toys. $40. With Susan Byrd, LCSW. Register here.

Marin Parents Place Helps New Parents Embrace the Monumental Changes in Their Lives

April 12, 2015

infant yawningParents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here is a guest article by Rebecca Wood Breen, LCSW, Parents Place Coordinator, Marin County.

You are expecting a new baby, or your precious bundle of joy has just arrived. Congratulations! You must be over the moon.

But beyond euphoria, you may be experiencing many other feelings—fatigue, fear, confusion, and a sense of being overwhelmed—all mixed in with the excitement of your firstborn (or second, third, or fourth child!).

Not to worry. All of these feelings are common and understandable. There are also many techniques and tips available to help you and your spouse or partner manage the new changes in your and your baby’s life.

At Parents Place in San Rafael, we offer many services and programs to help you adjust to the monumental change that has occurred in your life: your new son or daughter! Here are a number of our offerings that will smooth your way:

  • A New Mom Discussion Group. Join other new mothers to discuss the joys and challenges of becoming a mom, make new friends, and network. We will discuss both practical and emotional issues of parenting, including breast and/or bottle-feeding; changing relationships with friends, family, and partner; helping your baby sleep through the night; and taking care of yourself. Babies welcome. With Rebecca Breen, LCSW.  Four-week series. Free, but preregistration required. Wednesdays, Apr. 22 – May 13.

April Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

March 29, 2015

Parents Place 2-year-oldParents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of April.

Webinar: Raising Your Only Child (parents of children of any age)

Parents of only children often worry if their child can be happy and well-adjusted without siblings. During this webinar, we will discuss the many myths about only children and explore the research on how only children develop. We will learn strategies which help to avoid spoiling your child, and which help to foster independence and positive social relationships. We will also explore ways to create a balanced family triad in which each family member feels important and complete. With Karen Friedland-Brown, MA. Tuesday, March 31, noon–1 pm. $10. Register here.

Stapleton Ballet's Sleeping Beauty Comes to The Playhouse in San Anselmo this Weekend

March 26, 2015

Stapleton Ballet Sleeping BeautyThis weekend, over 100 young dancers from Marin's Stapleton Ballet will present the story ballet Sleeping Beauty at the Playhouse in San Anselmo. Featuring lavish sets and costumes, this family-friendly production takes place on Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 5 pm.

The show is performed by Stapleton Youth Company dancers and guest performers, including BFA students from the Dominican University/Lines Ballet program. The show also includes excerpts from Balanchine’s Who Cares? Set to the music of George Gershwin. All seating is general. Run time for the entire show is an hour and a half, and there is a 15-minute intermission. Princess Aurora and the fairies will greet children after the performance, so bring your cameras!

Teaching Children the Value of Money with Wells Fargo and Speak to Me

March 21, 2015

Speak to Me Wells Fargo Event Having a problem convincing your children that money really doesn't grow on trees? Wonder how to instill a sense of value and respect for a dollar well-earned in your youngsters? Join Speak To Me and Wells Fargo for this special co-sponsored presentation about money and your children.

Learn fun tricks and practical tips (that really work!) to teach your children, at every age, the value of a dollar, and why earning and saving is so important (even when you're five!).

This workshop takes place on Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Wells Fargo San Rafael Main Store, 1203 4th Street, 2nd Floor. This event is free and is filling up fast! Email BayAreaRegionMarketing@wellsfargo.com to RSVP. Lunch will be served.

Masque Unit Junior Theatre's Production of Charlotte's Web Comes to Marin Center This Weekend

March 3, 2015

charlotte's webE.B. White's classic story Charlotte's Web comes to life in Masque Unit Junior Theatre’s annual live theater production for young children at Marin Center this weekend. Masque Unit’s production of Joseph Robinette and Charles Strouse's musical adaptation of Charlotte's Web introduces children to the timeless story of Wilbur the pig, a little girl named Fern, and a spider called Charlotte, and offers an afternoon of delightful entertainment.

This classic story of friendship and community will warm your heart. Come along as Wilbur moves to a farm, finds a new unexpected family, and goes from being the runt of the little to "Some Pig".

Charlotte's Web takes place at the Showcase Theater at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael on March 7 and 8, 2015 at 1 and 3 pm. Tickets are $8 per person, available through the Marin Civic Center box office at (415) 499-6800.

March Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

March 2, 2015

infant yawningParents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. They offer a wide variety of programs and classes for parents and children throughout the year. Here are a few of the classes they are offering for the month of March: choosing the right preschool, infant and child CPR and strategies that can help parents with tantrums and meltdowns.

Proven Solutions to Puzzling and Challenging Behaviors: Part 1 (for parents of children 1 - 7 years)

Does your child have epic meltdowns? Is he clumsy, clingy, or picky about clothes or shoes? Does she bite, chew clothing, or frequently bump into people or things? Children can be baffling, often leaving parents struggling to manage their behaviors and responding to their needs. Here comes help: Parents Place's Proven Solutions class, which offers scientific explanations for children's puzzling behaviors. A child therapist and occupational therapist team up to offer clear explanations, up-to-date research, strategies, and examples that bring proven methods to life. You will leave with a whole new understanding of why children behave the way they do and tools you can use when your child exhibits challenging behaviors. With Alyse Clayman, LCSW, and Letha Marcheti, BS, OTR/L, C/NDT. Mon., Mar 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. $40. Register here.

Sewing 101 for Kids at Marinwood

February 18, 2015

sewing 101 for kids marinwoodMarinwood is excited to announce Sewing 101 for Kids taught by the creative experts from Novato's Studio 4 Art!

This class is designed to create excitement, comfort, confidence, and a love for sewing. Class will focus on back stitch, over sewing, blanket stitch, and running stitches, while incorporating art skills of screen printing and stamping to create your own fabric! Puppets, stuffies, creatures, pillows and bags are just some of the focus. Students will even gain knowledge in simple pattern making and a light introduction to machine sewing. It will be a fun and educational class for all!

Classes will be held at the Marinwood Community Center on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 pm, from February 25 to March 25. The class is designed for children ages 6 to 10. The Marinwood Community Center is located 775 Miller Creek Road in San Rafael.

To register online please visit www.marinwood.org or call (415) 479-0775. Mention Marin Mommies and receive 15% off!

February Classes and Programs at Parents Place Marin

January 26, 2015

infant yawningParents Place in San Rafael has been a valuable resource for countless Marin County parents and families. This winter, they offer a wide variety of programs, from childbirth education to classes for parents and children. Here are a few of the programs they offer in February, including classes for both infant-and-child and adult-and-teen CPR and a kindergarten preparedness webinar.

Infant and Child CPR

Learn to recognize an infant or child in distress, rescue measures for choking, CPR techniques, and infant sleep safety. Includes hands-on practice with mannequins. One-year certification provided. Pre-crawling babies welcome. Please come 10 minutes early! With Shanda Manion, CPR instructor certified by the American Heart Association in basic life support. Thursday, February 5, 6:30–8:30 pm. $45. Register here.

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