“It is not the parent who seems to do it all perfectly who is to be admired. It is the one who recognizes his or her own failings and is willing to keep growing.” Dr. H. Wallace Goddard

These parenting seminars are included in tuition for adult members of SSC Cooperative Preschools.  Attending one seminar fulfills the requirement for one quarter – but you may attend as many as you like.  Partners, nannies, grandparents welcome!   Not a current Co-op member?  Contact the instructor to see if there is space.

Adults only please unless noted in the class description.

RSVP is required 

Positive Discipline for Parents  (Giomi/Schill)

Thursday, March 21st 7:00-9:00 PM

Fairmount Park Elementary 3800 SW Findlay.

Would you like to find more joy in your job as a parent? Is your family life challenged by child defiance, chore hassles, homework issues, whining, and more? Join us for an evening with South Seattle College, Positive Discipline parenting educators, Jen Schill and Jen Giomi exploring ways to build values of cooperation, teamwork, responsibility, self-discipline and more in your children. Discover kind and firm tools for teaching children that can be used in all stages of your parenting journey.

RSVP here

Goodbye Diapers! (Huntley)

Monday, March 25th 7:00-9:00

Admiral Cooperative Preschool at Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW 

When to begin? How to start and proceed? This class will off information to help your child gain success. We will have time to discuss parent attitudes and frustrations.

Register with Teacher Becky here

Leadership Returns—for Co-op Leaders  (Schill/Huntley)

Wednesday, March 27th  7:00 – 9:00 PM

Admiral Cooperative Preschool at Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW 

We are more than halfway through the school year!  Either notes from the Leadership Conference finally make sense, or issues have come up that could use a sounding board with fellow officers or Parenting Instructors.  Some second-half-of the year processes are also approaching—feedback surveys, registration/visiting for next year, teacher agreement discussions.  Meetings not as smooth as you hoped?  Policies need updating?  Group not cohesive?  Even if things are going smoothly for YOU, you can share tips with fellow leaders. 

Register with Teacher Becky here

Raising an Only Child  (Ushimaru)

Thursday, March 28th  7:00 – 9:00 PM  

White Center Cooperative Preschool at Mount View Presbyterian  Church,   10806 12th Avenue SW 

How can parents keep from spoiling and overvaluing their only child?  How can only children break the chains of parent dependency?  What drives the only child to achieve at levels above and beyond other children?  Being one, understanding one, and raising one are what we will be discussing at this seminar.                 

Register with Teacher Kylene here 

Screening: The Mask You Live In  (Giomi/ Schill)

Thursday, April 18th 7:00-9:00 PM  

Fairmount Park Elementary 3800 SW Findlay. Event is free and open to the public.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.  Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
RSVP here

Boys Will Be Boys  (Giomi/Schill)

Wednesday, April 24th 7:00 – 9:00 PM  

Alki Cooperative Preschool at Alki United Church of Christ, 6115 SW Hinds St  98116

Boys will be boys…so the saying goes.  What does that really mean?  How can we support our boys’ growth into loving, independent, confident men of the future?  Join Jen Schill and Jen Giomi, mothers of 4 boys in total, to explore the nature of boys and the pop and educational culture our boys are growing up in today.  Come away feeling capable of honoring your son where he is and advocating for his needs.                              

RSVP here

Children Learn What They Live  (Ushimaru)

Thursday, Apr 25  7:00 – 9:00 PM 

White Center Cooperative Preschool at Mount View Presbyterian  Church, 10806 12th Ave SW

As a parent, you have values that you are passing on to your child in the decisions you make every day.  So, what are these values?  Are they honesty, kindness, generosity, self-worth, respect, patience, tolerance?  In this class we will talk about the ways you can identify and clarify your values as well as discuss how to inspire values through your parenting.    

Register with Teacher Kylene here 

Building Sibling Relationships  (Salonen/Skeffington)

Saturday, April 27th 10:00am-12:00pm

SSC Campus, Rainier Hall 202 (Green room)

Do you feel like all you ever do is play referee between your kids?  Is there constant bickering in your home?  Sibling relationships can cause a great deal of family stress, but can also be beneficial and rewarding.  In this class we will look at some common mistakes made when trying to help children with sibling struggles, as well as ways to better support healthy sibling relationships.

Register with Teacher Charlotte here 

The Internal Life of an Introvert  (Schill)

Thursday, May 23rd 7:00 – 9:00 PM    

Admiral Cooperative Preschool at Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW  98116

Do you have a child who hangs back in unfamiliar situations?  Who seems to become suddenly quiet in a group instead of their usual talkative self?  We’ll explore the wonderful, private world of the introvert, see how they are hard-wired to process the world, and learn ways to make sure your “innie” gets the tools and support they need to thrive in our extroverted world.       

Register with Teacher Jen here