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Tales of the Parenting Experience

  “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kvell” Tuesday, January, 26 @ 7:00 PM   A fundraiser for the The Jewish Community Center, Sonoma County’s teen education program, Chaverim A one man show of humorous and heartfelt situations, stories and anecdotes about parenting, grandparenting and general dealing with kids of all ages (even the ones that never grew up).             Rick states: “As a parent, grandparent, teen educator, social worker, camp director and parenting coach and one who loves children of all ages, I have many heartwarming and humorous stories to tell which embrace parenting issues that come up on a daily basis.” Does it ever feel like an ongoing battle between “us” and “them”(the kids) Do you say things to your kids that you regret later? Has that sweet, precocious, adorable child morphed into an irritating, challenging, negative human being? Do you find … Read entire article »

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Bad Behavior Thrives on Results

Your 6 year old is demanding a cookie before dinner.  It starts with a request and escalates to a demand and all the way to a temper tantrum and a fit, screaming, yelling, threatening, holding the entire family hostage to the tirade.  Everyone is angry and upset because this situation disturbed dinner,  A situation like this often leads to going to bed without resolution.  The whole house is turned upside down. It has worked before many times! And it will work again! The child has gotten his way. Your 10 year-old makes everyone late for school or work every day.  He dawdles, reads, plays on his computer, teases his older sister and the dog intermittently or goes back to bed instead of getting ready.   When asked, told, ordered or threatened, he acts … Read entire article »

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Stop “Parenting from Exhaustion” and Learn How to Recharge

Two hours on Wednesday evening, November 5, from 7-9PM at the JCC, can make parenting easier and more joyful! I have been leading conversations on parenting for the last several years and have had consistent feedback that attendees came away with at least one or two new strategies that helped.  This class is open to parents of children of all ages, and promises to be engaging and worthwhile. Bring your friends because everyone is welcome!   Please see the attached form, and if you would like to come, you can bring the registration fee with you. Let me know you will be there by     Stop “Parenting from Exhaustion”  and Learn How to Recharge  Wed., Nov. 5 JCC, Sonoma County 1301 Farmers Lane, Suite 103 Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Rick Concoff, MA 823-3916 … Read entire article »

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Hold On to Your Kids–Workshop! March 30th, 2014

  “Hold On To Your Kids” is named after the book of the same name by Gordon Newfeld and Gabor Mate. Learn about a blending of traditional Jewish parenting values with a revived concept of the importance of “healthy attachment.” Appropriate for parents of all age children and teens. Do your children think they run the show? Are you unhappy with your children’s peer group choices? Is there an endless loop of circular arguing, negotiating with your children?  Is your child lost behind media and ear buds? Has your sweet child turned into a ball of anger, frustration and emotional outburst? Are you doubting the effectiveness of your “parenting skill and style”? How much of your parenting a reaction the way you were parented? Do you think you are the only parent with challenges? How are your actions and modeling affecting the development of your children?   By Rick Concoff … Read entire article »

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