Education

Glenbard Parent Series to focus on improving parenting satisfaction

The Glenbard ParentSeries: [GPS] Navigating Healthy Families will present two events with Catherine Pearlman at 7 p.m. oMarch 2.

Pearlman will present “Ignore It: Increase Parenting Satisfaction by Selectively Looking the Other Way.” This program is for parents/guardians of children ages 3 to 11. At noon on March 3, Pearlman will present a workshop for professionals titled, “One Kind Act Begets Another: How to Create a Culture of Kindness that Benefits You and Your Students.”

Go to glenbardgps.org for the links to these webinars. Questions may be submitted to gilda_ross@glenbard.org prior to the events.

With all the whining,begging, negotiating and the challenging situations adults face, parenting can seem more like a chore than a pleasure at times. Pearlman outlines a four-step approach that combines effective, practical strategies supported by research. She advises stressed-out parents that selectively ignoring certain behaviors can build self-control, inspire positive change and return the joy to parenting. Participants will learn behavior modification techniques to restore calm, avoid power struggles and build strong family relationships.

Research shows that being kind measurably boosts happiness and well-being. Several benefits have been reported to support teaching kindness: increased peer acceptance, a greater sense of belonging, better concentration and creative thinking. Kindness helps people be their best; inspires acts of kindness; and improves results atschool. Learn how people can teach and support a culture of kindness that can change the world, and us, for the better.

Pearlman is an assistant professor in the social work program at Brandman University, a nationally syndicated columnist and the best-selling author of “Ignore It: Increase ParentingSatisfaction by Selectively Looking the Other Way.”

For further information, visit glenbardgps.org or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 630-942-7668 or gilda_ross@glenbard.org.