Past Events

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

How to stop the fighting and raise friends for life

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM
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Conflict is a part of every human relationship, and children learn essential skills when they encounter conflict and resolve it. The key is supporting them to resolve conflict with mutual respect, so they’re learning conflict resolution rather than bullying. In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you will learn:

  • Teaching peace: how you can help your children learn to express their needs and emotions without attacking their sibling. 
  • A radical approach to sharing that eliminates conflict and develops generosity.
  • How to connect with each child so they truly believe you couldn’t love anyone else more.
  • How to foster a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting.

For parents only.  Free for PTSA members of Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

First Stage (Kidstage) Theatre, Issaquah

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

How to help children WANT to cooperate without yelling, bribes, threats or punishment

May 16, 2018 7:00 PM
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Are you tired of battling with your child? Do you wish you knew how to get your child cooperating without yelling and threats? Are you trying to find the sweet spot between spoiling and strict? Dr. Laura Markham gives you practical everyday strategies to help you raise a child who WANTS to cooperate, by working with your child rather than trying to manipulate or control.

No parent is peaceful all the time, but it's completely possible to create a more peaceful home where affection, connection and humor help you resolve conflict happily, and where kids WANT to follow your lead.

In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you'll have a chance to ask questions about your own parenting, and you'll learn:

·      Why children misbehave -- and how to help them WANT to cooperate without yelling,         threats, bribes or consequences

·      What research shows about how children develop self-­discipline

·      The 4 power tools you can use to connect with children and help them with their         emotions

·      Why yelling and timeouts actually cause more misbehavior

·      How you can create the relationship you want with your child

For parents only.  Free for PTSA members of Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Skyline High School Theater

Hidden in Plain Sight

Spot signs of at-risk behaviors

April 16, 2018 6:30 PM
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Would you see the signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home?  Looks can be very deceiving - especially if you don't know what to look for.  The “Hidden In Plain Sight” initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom.  After walking through the display, participants will learn more about adolescent development and common signs of substance use provided by professionals in law enforcement, treatment, substance abuse prevention, and other experts and parents.

ADULTS ONLY.  Open house 6:30-7:30pm, with a presentation by experts 7:30-8:30pm.

Central Washington University, 120 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA

The Mask You Live In

Film Documentary & Discussion

April 3, 2018 7:00 PM
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The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.

The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can do better to raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Issaquah High School Theater, 700 2nd Avenue, SE, Issaquah, WA 98027

State of Mind Conferences

Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation

March 24, 2018 10:30 AM
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The State of Mind Conferences offer education for students and adults around: stress management, healthy relationships, teens & tech, body image, suicide prevention, drug use and more.  Attendance is free. 

(Sponsored by Swedish Medical and organized by the Issaquah Schools Foundation in collaboration with the Issaquah Youth Advisory board and Influence the Choice).

REGISTER HERE

Gibson Ek High School, 379 1st Place SE, Issaquah 98027

Hidden in Plain Sight

Spot signs of at-risk behaviors

March 12, 2018 6:30 PM
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Would you see the signs of youth alcohol or drug use in your home?  Looks can be very deceiving - especially if you don't know what to look for.  The “Hidden In Plain Sight” initiative helps parents spot signs of at-risk behaviors using an interactive display of a teenager's bedroom.  After walking through the display, participants will learn more about adolescent development and common signs of substance use provided by professionals in law enforcement, treatment, substance abuse prevention, and other experts and parents.

ADULTS ONLY.  Open house 6:30-7:30pm, with a presentation by experts 7:30-8:30pm.

Issaquah High School, 700 2nd Ave SE, Issaquah, WA

State of Mind Conferences

Healthy Youth Initiative of the Issaquah Schools Foundation

March 3, 2018 10:30 AM
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The State of Mind Conferences offer education for students and adults around: stress management, healthy relationships, teens & tech, body image, suicide prevention, drug use and more.  Attendance is free. 

(Sponsored by Swedish Medical and organized by the Issaquah Schools Foundation in collaboration with the Issaquah Youth Advisory board and Influence the Choice).

REGISTER HERE

Gibson Ek High School, 379 1st Place SE, Issaquah 98027

Stress on the Rise

How to support your child’s successful development

February 7, 2018 7:00 PM
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Laura Kastner, Ph.D.

Surveys of school children show that their stress levels are at all-time highs. They cite school, home, peers and fears of the future as major sources. Parents want their children to work hard at school, but sometimes this understandable goal can intensify the stress. What’s a parent to do?

All stress isn’t bad. Stress can energize us and challenge us to reach goals. However, when situational demands exceed our ability to meet challenges, stress can lead to mental flooding and burn out. Kids can learn to be resilient, as long as challenges are not overwhelming. Today’s parents need to understand the science of stress, so they can help their children with coping strategies and wise decision-making. They also need to make mental health a top priority.

Advantaged kids can be especially harmed by excessive pressure to perform academically and their parents’ own stress levels. Cultural pressure to perform, look good and achieve excellence at everything affects teens adversely. Parents can feel the same pressures, with success equated with measures from test scores and grades. Research shows that teens benefit when parents balance reasonable academic goals with healthy habits related to sleep, authoritative parenting, and media management. 

This talk will focus on what parents can do to enhance their children’s resilience, social and emotional competence and healthy resistance to stress. The good news is that by making family health a priority, parents will build skills for improving their own well-being as well as their children’s.

For parents only. Free for PTSA members of Issaquah School District, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Issaquah High School Theater

ANGST Documentary: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

January 30, 2018 7:00 PM
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Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about itAngst will feature interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they’ve learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety, and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects, while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible. A Q&A will follow the film with experts who can answer your questions about the film and treatment options for anxiety. 

Teens and tweens welcome to attend with parents (recommended for ages 12 and up).  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Liberty High School Theater
Liberty High School Theater

ANGST Documentary: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

January 24, 2018 7:00 PM
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Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Angst will feature interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they’ve learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety, and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects, while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible. A Q&A will follow the film with experts who can answer your questions about the film and treatment options for anxiety.

Teens and tweens welcome to attend with parents (recommended for ages 12 and up).  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Issaquah High School Theater

Anxiety and Your Child

For Parents of K-5 Students

January 24, 2018 6:30 PM
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Deb Grover is the Marketing and Outreach Director for Community of Mindful Parenting (CMP).  She is also a trained Roots of Empathy facilitator and graduate of many mindful parenting programs. Deb leads discussions with community groups on the topic of mindfulness tools to address stress and anxiety in children and teens.

Join us for an interactive discussion with Deb Grover on:

- Mindful coping techniques
- Practical application tools
- Debunking the myths
- neuroscience

For parents only. Cost is FREE for parents in the Issaquah School District.  Sponsored by Cascade Ridge Elementary PTA.

Cascade Ridge Elementary, 2020 Trossachs Blvd, Sammamish, WA 98075

'Yes Brain' Online Interview with Tina Payne Bryson

December 13, 2017 1:00 PM
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Join ParentWiser for an exclusive online interview with NY Times bestselling author Tina Payne Bryson to discuss how to help kids cultivate a 'Yes Brain' instead of acting out or shutting down when faced with difficulties such as homework, screentime, eating, bedtime, or feeling challenged. Join us December 13 at 1pm.

Click here to attend.

Tina is the co-author (along with Dr. Dan Siegel) of the very popular parenting books No-Drama Discipline and The Whole-Brain Child. Get more info on Tina and Dan's upcoming book, 'Yes Brain' here: http://www.tinabryson.com/yes-brain.

All-District Sexual Assault Awareness for High School Students

November 30, 2017 7:00 PM
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Join the conversation!  Discuss social norms, consent, bystander intervention, the current climate around sexual harassment (#MeToo movement), and even learn a few self-defense skills.  Stand up against sexual violence!  FREE attendance.  All gender identities welcome (adults too!)   Sponsored by Issaquah High PTSA and the WAVE Foundation. Download the flyer here.

Issaquah High School Auditorium

iRules Workshop and Parents Night Out!

November 8, 2017 5:30 PM
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Parent's Night Out! Join us casually 5:30-6:30pm for food trucks in the courtyard, socializing with other parents and community. Workshop starting at 6:30pm.

If you’re like most families, you’re concerned about how technology may be taking over your child’s life. So, let’s talk about tech! In this evening workshop we’ll come together with Janell Burley Hofmann, creator of the original iPhone contract (featured in SCREENAGERS)  and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, to talk about raising the digital generation – and all of the challenges and joys it brings. Everyone will leave with a working set of iRules (tech agreements) to bring home and support their families. Come ready to participate and learn from each other.  Come early and grab dinner from one of the food trucks lined up outside Pickering Barn—a great way to learn and have a fun night out!   For parents only.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Pickering Barn, Issaquah

iRules Workshop - Morning Edition

November 8, 2017 11:30 AM
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If you’re like most families, you’re concerned about how technology may be taking over your child’s life. So, let’s talk about tech! In this morning workshop we’ll come together with Janell Burley Hofmann, creator of the original iPhone contract (featured in SCREENAGERS) and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, to talk about raising the digital generation – and all of the challenges and joys it brings. Everyone will leave with a working set of iRules (tech agreements) to bring home and support their families. Come ready to participate and learn from each other.  For parents only.  Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Pickering Barn, Issaquah

ESCALATION

Film & Workshop

October 17, 2017 6:30 PM
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One Love is working to end relationship violence by educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships and mobilizing them in a movement for change. One Love was created to honor the memory of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who was killed by her ex-boyfriend just weeks before graduation. One Love partners with high schools, colleges, and community groups, to provide digital campaigns and the film-based Escalation Workshop as a catalyst for this conversation.

For high school students grades 9-12, and parents.  (Due to mature content, younger children will not be admitted).

REGISTER here

Liberty High School Theater.

Ivory Tower Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Sponsored by MI Parent Edge & Friends of the Mercer Island Library

September 27, 2017 6:30 PM
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Join us to view portions of Ivory Tower, a documentary that looks at the cost and value of a college education. After the film, a panel including college counselors, parents, and a student activist will answer questions about choosing a college and financing a college education.

Three of the panelists will cover the following in-depth programs at the library in October:

Tom Barry, CollegeWise - 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 3

Finding the Right Colleges for You

How can you identify schools where you will be happiest and most successful? This workshop teaches you how to be a savvy college shopper. We’ll share ways to recognize a good college fit, discuss factors to consider, and offer insights from students flourishing at their chosen colleges.

Dr. Jonathan Brown - 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 17

Pros and Cons of Community Colleges: The Last College Bargain

Dr. Brown has worked for both four-year universities and community colleges. He uses history and current data to challenge the societal myths about community College.

Peg Keough, Way to the Quad - 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 24

The Scoop of Financial Aid - Don’t Pay Full Price

Colleges and universities offer significant discounts and scholarships Did you know that an in-state public university could cost more than a private institution? Come to this workshop to learn the about the nuts and bolts of  financing college, the  financial aid application process, sources of aid, and how to find out if you are eligible for aid.

Mercer Island Library

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