Monday, May 10, 2010

Parenting Seminar on Secure Attachment

There is a fascinating all day seminar at The Skirball Center coming up on Saturday, June 5th.  If you're unfamiliar with attachment theory, the central theme of it is that primary caregivers who are available and responsive to their infant's needs establish a sense of security. The infant knows that the caregiver is dependable, which creates a secure base for the child to then explore the world. The Skirball describes the seminar:

"In this compelling seminar, spend a day at the Skirball to hear the latest thinking on attachment theory from leading experts in the field. Gain specific knowledge that can immediately help with the challenges of raising children today and provide a strong foundation for their future. Find out how healthy attachment incorporates the ability to separate from our children and help them transition to secondary caregivers. Discover what to look for when choosing day-care and school environments.

Designed for parents, expectant parents, and potential parents, the program includes two keynote lectures, lunchtime discussions, and a series of afternoon workshops."

The speakers and workshop leaders sound pretty terrific.  Among them are:
Keynote speaker Mary Hartzell, MEd, who is a child development specialist, parent educator, and co-author with Dan Siegel of the amazing book "Parenting From The Inside Out". She is also the director of the nationally recognized, Reggio-inspired First Presbyterian Nursery School, Santa Monica, and has taught children, parents, and teachers for more than thirty years.

Many of you already know Betsy Brown Braun.  She is a a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and best-selling author of a book called "Just Tell Me What To Say".  She has also just written another called "You're Not The Boss Of Me" subtitled: Brat-proofing your 4- to 12-year-old child.  Hmmmm.  I may need to buy that one!

Betsy is also a mother of adult triplets and will be facilitating a workshop entitled: TRIANGULAR ATTACHMENT The Expanded Attachment of Multiples. This workshop will explore the ways in which twins, triplets, and higher-order multiples experience attachment to parents and to one another, as we look at how their unique relationships can work for and against them.

These are just two of the many speakers and workshop leaders. Please check out the full list and description of the day here.

You can register for the seminar and the particular workshops you want by clicking here.  The seminar is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $60 ($50 for Skirball members).

I plan to attend; I hope you will too  Let me know if you do!

p.s. if you haven't taken your kids to Noah's Ark at the Skirball you are MISSING OUT!
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