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Sessions Promise to Teach How to Be Better Parents

Do you consider yourself a perfect parent? Is your relationship with your children so wonderful that it cannot be improved? If so, you probably won't need to attend this year's Brown Bag Lunch Series on balancing work and family. For the rest of us, the sessions promise to teach how to be better parents, and in turn, better employees.

The first program, "Building a Quality Relationship with Your Child," is Wed. Oct. 23. It will be led by Patti Cancellier, who has taught parenting classes extensively for the Parent Encouragement Program, Inc. She will seek to dispel the myth of the perfect parent, address what "quality time" really means, and discuss how to develop independence in your children in their early years.

The other session, "Riding the Roller-Coaster: Surviving Your Child's Teenage Years," is Wed. Oct. 30. Led by Dr. Scott R. Buehler, cofounder of Parent Care, Inc., this luncheon discussion will focus on the nature of power struggles, teenagers' need for belonging, how to earn trust, and the art of listening and communication.

Gloria Seelman, program coordinator, says, "Many of the basic skills involved in parenting, such as opening up lines of communication and earning trust, also apply in the workplace setting. Also, if we feel confident about our relationships with our children, we are better able to focus on our jobs."

Both programs will offer handouts and feature interactive discussions with the audience. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The series, sponsored by the Office of Research on Women's Health, meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 1, Wilson Hall. Bring your lunch. For more information, call Seelman, 6-0608.

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