Marbles Kids Museum & WakeMed Children’s Present Playful Parenting Seminar Series

New speaker series aims to inspire confident parenting and highlight resources for families
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Marbles Kids Museum and WakeMed Children’s have come together to create a community speaker series that centers around a playful parenting approach to childhood challenges and everyday moments that matter. The Playful Parenting Speaker Series aims to infuse new energy into parenting conversations and strengthen local families with help from national and local experts and resources.​

Each Playful Parenting Speaker Series event will feature a keynote speaker who will offer approachable strategies relevant to growing up today, along with a panel of experts from Marbles, WakeMed and the community to lead an audience Q&A and raise awareness of resources for parents and families.

The series kicks off February 20 with a special guest from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning (yep, that Mr. Rogers). Dana Winters, PhD, an early childhood development expert and Director of Simple Interactions and Faculty Director of Academic Programs for the Fred Rogers Center, will lead two sessions for parents at Marbles Kids Museum that will focus on building stronger relationships and helping kids thrive. She’ll share approachable strategies relevant to growing up today.

The series is for parents with children ranging in age from newborns to middle schoolers. Together, Marbles and WakeMed Children’s will address hot topics – from body image to tech balance to coping with stress – and help break down the barriers between parents and children through positive interactions. The goal is to spark the imagination of caregivers as they face everyday challenges of parenting and childhood. 

Through the Playful Parenting Speaker Series, Marbles and WakeMed Children’s will provide real resources for parents to better support our growing community’s children and families.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming seminars:

Thursday, February 20

Playful Parenting & Making the Most of Challenges

Featuring Dana Winters, PhD, from the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media

Dana Winters, an expert in early childhood development, will lead two special sessions that will help inspire a playful approach to childhood challenges.

Saturday, May 9

Inside Out Strong: Mother/Daughter Workshop

Led by Sarah Schall, local health coach & creator of Inside Out Strong
A health workshop for mothers and their daughters (age 10+) to connect in heart, mind, body and health. Featuring inspiring “work-in” sessions and “work-out” sessions featuring Zumba, yoga, interval training & identity, mindset and body image.

September 2020 (Date TBD)

Back to School Event: Growth Mindset & Grit

Featuring Alissa Marquess, Author of Bounceback Parenting: A Field Guide for Creating Connection, Not Perfection
Join us for a casual chat and gain insight on why growth mindset is just as important for grown-ups as it is for kids. Ask questions and connect with other parents over coffee and conversation.

November 2020 (Date TBD)

Tech Today – Screen-time Savvy

Create tech balance for your family. Set appropriate limits, equip kids to be safe online, and prioritize face-to-face family engagement and fun.
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