Attitude vs. Gratitude: Commonwealth Parenting

(for Parents/Caregivers of Children All Ages) When we allow our children to speak and act disrespectfully, when we indulge their “gimmes”, and when we expect too little from them, we stand directly in the way of our children’s ability to realize their fullest potential.  Join the discussion as we learn how to move children from Attitude […]

Helping or Hindering-When to Intervene: Commonwealth Parenting

(for Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 4-11) How involved should you be in your child’s homework? When do you speak to your child’s teacher? Should you track their work on a regular basis? In this class parents will learn how to move their student from reliance to independence. Determine what stategies and practices are helpful for your child’s learning and educational skill-set […]

Parenting in an Over-Sexualized World

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Children are being bombarded with sexual and adult content long before their minds can comprehend what they’re seeing, and according to a report by the American Psychological Association, it is estimated that our children will see over 14,000 sexualized images each year, with odds indicating they will be exposed to pornography by the age of […]

TECHNOLOGY: The Good, Bad & Ugly

RVA Parents Forum Series Encourages Parents to Get Connected Parenting in a hyper-connected technology filled world. What’s the impact of all the media and technology on children? Does too much screen time hurt or help social skills development? Parents will learn how to protect their kids online.

Divorce: The Rippling Effect

Commonwealth Parenting, celebrating its 30th Anniversary and new partnership with The Children’s Museum of Richmond, presents a 6-part RVA Parents Forum Series on the toughest issues confronting parents today. Each evening in the series features local experts, Commonwealth Parenting Family Educators, complementary dinner and babysitting. Here are the details for this session:Divorce: The Rippling Effect Join us for […]

Help Parenting Through Divorce

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  Over 1 million children will see their parents divorce this year, and 50% will experience this life-changing event before turning 18.  At any age, the break up of their parents can leave kids feeling sad, angry, and deeply hurt. Often, the rippling effects of the split can impact the entire family. How can parents […]

Parenting in an Over-Sexualized World: Commonwealth Parenting

How parents can protect their kids in a hyper-sexualized culture What the impact is on children and their families Best practices that parents can learn to open the lines of communication and talk to their kids about sexuality $30 per person includes dinner, class, parenting experts and an interactive Q&A session. Babysitting is included, reservations […]

Fall Into Play: Puppet Palooza

(For preschoolers and their parents) Join us for hands-on activities that explore the tools needed for 21st-century problem solving. In this session, creativity and learning come alive! Children will participate in a story through dramatic play with puppets and props. Various types of puppets will be introduced. Children will create their very own puppets to […]

Alcohol, Drugs & Teens: A Dangerous Mix

(For Parents/Caregivers of All Ages) Join us for an informative seminar with local psychologist, Tony Vitiello, Ph D. This session will cover: 1) The teen-aged brain and neurological development; 2) The detrimental effect of substances on memory, cognition, and emotion 3) Identifying signs of teens who are using substances and 4) Parenting techniques to help […]

Bullying and the Special Needs Child

(for Parents/Caregivers of Children of All Ages)Children with special needs such as physical, emotional, developmental, sensory, or intellectual are at a higher risk for bullying. Come learn about the factors that may put your child at increased risk and what we, as parents, can do to help prevent, respond, and protect special needs children from bullying […]