Upcoming Classes & Events
First Steps for Fathers (for New and Expectant Fathers)
When: August 4, 2014 | From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
| St. Mary's Hospital - Room 163
New and Expectant dads learn the basic tools they need to care for an infant during the first 3 months of life. Using the Conscious Fathering Program curriculum, this class walks dads through a baby’s typical cycle of care, from feeding to diapering; sleeping to crying. Dad leaves class feeling more confident and capable in the care and nurturing of infants in harmony with mom from the first moments of baby’s life. Free Pre-registration required. This class is intended for fathers only.
Little Kids, Big Questions (Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 2 to 5 yrs)
When: August 13, 2014 | From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
| Children's Museum of Richmond-Central
Parenting the Anxious Child
When: August 14, 2014 | From 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
| Commonwealth Parenting at Short Pump
(Parents/Caregivers of Children 4 – 11 years) – The school year is beginning soon. How can you support your anxious child to transition from summer to the school year? You’ll learn what causes anxiety in children, and how you can help children manage their anxious feelings.
Instructor: Susan Brown, M.A.
Good Night, Sleep Tight (Parents / Caregivers of Infants and Toddlers)
When: August 20, 2014 | From 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
| Children's Museum of Richmond-Central
Understanding sleep needs for babies and toddlers and establishing sleep routines are often a concern and challenge for parents. Learn about the ages and stages of sleep, how to set routines and conditions conducive to sleep, sleep safety tips and solutions for common sleep challenges. Find out what to expect with your child into the first years of life.
Instructor: Michelle Sharma, RN
Special Thanks to Our Partners
Free App for Kindergarten Readiness
Recently, the CarMax Foundation teamed up with the Children’s Museum of Richmond to develop a free mobile-device app designed to educate family members, parents, and caregivers about skills needed for a child’s successful start in kindergarten.
The free app — currently available for iPhone, iPod and iOS devices — can be found on the iTunes store, or by clicking here http://bit.ly/KGquizCMOR
The app poses 24 brief questions covering six areas of child-development skills — it’s called the KG Quiz. The answers can give parents and caregivers insight into where a child’s strengths and challenges may lie upon entering kindergarten. “We want to demonstrate to parents and caregivers the opportunities for learning that children are getting every day through play, and the critical need for hands-on, active exploration,” said Liz Pearce, the museum’s director of parent engagement.
While the app is not intended to be diagnostic or clinical in nature, it offers suggestions, tips and ideas to help children with skills that are a challenge. The app also offers directions and contact information for more resources. For families that want to try it out, but don’t have iOS devices, the app is available at each of the museum’s 4 locations at the Commonwealth Parenting kiosk.
“We know that parents often wonder if their child is ready for kindergarten, and are eager to discover ways to help their children learn,” continued Ms. Pearce. “This app was designed for today’s families, and we’re delighted to have the support of the CarMax Foundation in reaching more parents through mobile technology.”
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Call and ask an expert
your parenting questions.
Raising Resilient Children, by Dr. Robert Brooks and Dr. Sam Goldstein
Taking Back Childhood, by Nancy Carlsson-Paige Ed.D.
It’s a Boy, by Dr. Michael Thompson
Getting to Calm:Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens, by Laura S. Kastner, Ph.D. and Jennifer Wyatt
The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parent Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears, by Lawrence J. Cohen
Cancellation policy: Please call at least 24 hours ahead of time if you must cancel your consultation or child observation. There is a $25 cancellation fee if you fail to show up for a scheduled appointment or cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice. Thank you.