iGen Parenting education series launching next week

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs hand down. Babies start off depending on you for everything. You feed them, change them, clothe them. And then they grow up and develop their own sense of self. You try and guide them to grow up into decent human beings. We teach them right from wrong, and instill in them a sense of self confidence and basic skills to make tough decisions. But we aren’t always there in the hard moments or in the times where they are hit head on with a difficult situation. And, let’s be honest, we don’t always know what to say or how to help guide them through these situations, either.

That is why I am incredibly excited to hear about the new program iGen Parenting. Active community member, parent, and marketing professional, Marni Steinberg’s new program, iGen Parenting, is a monthly education series for parents of tweens. It provides an opportunity to connect with other parents while learning about important topics facing today’s youth.

The idea for iGen Parenting grew out of Marni ’s desire to help a community of parents get information and talk about the issues facing tweens. The hope is that through sharing information, they as parents could support their children’s healthy development. As a parent herself, Marni believes the series will help parents connect with their tweens by providing them with expert advice and information on a host of important topics.

The eight-part series topics will include; drugs, emotional wellness, anxiety and depression, hate crimes and cyber safety to name a few. The presenters come from Common Sense Media, the Anti-Defamation League, Teen Law School as well as a variety of therapists who specifically work with this age children. The majority of the series will be held at the Valley of the Sun JCC with two sessions being held at Pardes Jewish Day School.

You can register for the entire series for $100 or each session for $18 per person. See the full series schedule below and visit igenparenting.com or find them on Facebook (@iGenParenting) for more information and to sign up.

iGen Parenting Series Schedule:

Tuesday, August 20 – 6-8 p.m. – Valley of the Sun JCC – How to Reach, Teach and Support Today’s Kids

Tuesday, September 17 – 6-8 p.m. – Valley of the Sun JCC – Drugs in Middle School

Tuesday, October 15 – 6-8 p.m. – Valley of the Sun JCC – Raising Good Digital Citizens While Keeping Them Safe Online

Tuesday, November 19 – 6-8 p.m. – Valley of the Sun JCC – Keeping the Conversation Going with your Tween

Tuesday, January 14 6-8 p.m. – Pardes Jewish Day School –Your Tween's Mood: When Is It More Than 'Just a Phase’?

Tuesday, February 11 – 6-8 p.m. – Valley of the Sun JCC – Suicide Warning Signs

Tuesday, March 24 6-8 p.m. – Pardes Jewish Day School – No Place for Hate in the Schools (ADL Hate Crime Initiative)

Tuesday, April 21 – 6-8 p.m. – Valley of the Sun JCC – Arizona Laws and your Tween: What you don’t know

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