Northridge, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2012
Parents struggling to navigate a jungle of often contradictory advice on how to raise children will find refuge in a four-week parenting workshop hosted by Highland Hall Waldorf School. The school, founded in 1955, is pleased to offer to the public access to the guidance and personal consultation long provided by its experienced early childhood teachers to parents whose children are enrolled in their Parent & Child, Nursery and Kindergarten classes. Sheila Sandray Branagan, early childhood instructor and parenting coach, will lead the workshops in Highland Hall's Early Childhood Center.
The workshops will be held at Highland Hall Waldorf School, 17100 Superior Street, Northridge, CA 91325. They will run Saturdays, September 22, 29, October 6, 16 from 9:30-12:30.
"These are stressful times for parents. There is so much pressure from our fast-paced environment, especially in Los Angeles. We all feel it. And very often parents don't know where to turn for information they can rely on to create a healthy environment for their families," says Branagan. "The stress parents feel gets picked up on by the children, spurring discipline issues and creating further stress on parents. A cycle begins which is sometimes very difficult to break without guidance."
The four-week series focuses on issues facing parents of young children, and explores topics such as "Finding Freedom in Simplicity," "Healthy Home Rhythms and Routines," "Raising Responsible Children," and "Developing the Creative Mind."
"We all want our children to succeed in school and beyond. So we try to give them everything we can think of to support them. The question becomes, 'How much is too much?' It can be overwhelming to know how many toys to have in the playroom; how many books to read at night; how many activities to participate in after school. In our attempt to give all we can to our children, we are at times overwhelming them (and ourselves) with too much," says Branagan.
"The goal of the workshops is to offer a forum for discussing the struggles parents share and equip them with an understanding of how to create a joyful home where stress is left at the front door," says Highland Hall administrative director, Lynn Kern.
Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $20 per workshop or $60 for the series. Space is limited. RSVP s are suggested.
Sheila Sandray Branagan is a graduate of the UCLA School of Psychology (1986), and she holds her Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College (2003). She has been an Early Childhood Teacher at Highland Hall since 2000 and has worked privately as a Parenting Consultant since 2006, supporting families as they navigate the ever-changing times of parenthood. She is the mother of two happy young men, both of whom were educated at Highland Hall Waldorf School.
Highland Hall Waldorf School is located in Northridge, California. Founded in 1955, it is the oldest Waldorf school in the western United States and offers an independent alternative to public and other private schools, providing the Waldorf Curriculum from Early Childhood through High School graduation. Its mission is to guide students in the unique Waldorf curriculum, striving to endow each student with discernment in thought and action, a joy of learning, and a sense of wonder and reverence for life.
Highland Hall's students graduate with a solid academic foundation, the ability to think creatively, a sympathetic interest in the world, self-confidence, and an abiding moral purpose. They move on to renowned colleges and universities of their choosing and continue on to accomplished careers in their chosen professions.
Further information may be obtained at http://www.highlandhall.org. 818-349-1394 x 233