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ParentMap Presents: 2007 Pathways Lecture Series for Parents

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2007

Suzanne Goren

ParentMap Presents: 2007 Pathways Lecture Series for Parents

Pathways is a parenting lecture series sponsored by ParentMap newsmagazine. We have joined other businesses and organizations in our community to bring you experts who will address the many challenges and concerns that parents face. Presenting sponsors include Children’s Regional Medical Center and KCTS.

John Gottman, Ph.D.
“The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”

Wednesday, February 28
Town Hall, 7-9 p.m.
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle

The greatest gift parents can give their child is a loving marriage. Just as Masters and Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, so Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. Dr. Gottman has been studying marriage, couples and parent-child relationships for over three decades. This presentation is based upon his New York Times bestseller, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. These straightforward and profound principles teach couples at any stage in their lives new and startling strategies for making their marriage work, and can have a positive impact on the entire family.
Tickets: $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Borders Books sponsored was a co sponsor of this event.

Pamela Jordan,Ph.D., R.N.
“Hello Baby!....Does Not Mean Goodbye Intimacy”

Tuesday, March 6
 Lincoln Square Cinema, 7-9 p.m.
700 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

What's the status of your couple relationship? Is it titillating and all you ever hoped it would be? Or is it dead on the vine? When couples become parents, they often make the mistake of neglecting their partner and putting their children and their jobs first.
Dr. Jordan's program of research focuses on the transition to parenthood, and supporting individuals and couples as they become parents. She is the developer of The Becoming Parents Program for new parents. The program teaches couples survival skills for taking care of their relationship, taking care of themselves, relating to their baby, and dealing with the many ways that becoming parents impacts their lives. Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Sal Severe, Ph.D.
“How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too!”

Tuesday, March 13, 7-9 p.m.
Annie Wright School
827 Tacoma Avenue North, Tacoma

Are you confused about discipline? Are you yelling more and receiving less cooperation from your children? Do you have to become angry to get your children to behave? This intensive presentation will teach you how to get your children to listen...the first time. You will learn strategies for dealing with negative attention, arguments, power struggles and manipulation. Learn how to promote self-discipline and responsible decision-making. Learn what successful parents do to help their children behave and feel good about themselves.Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D. and Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D.
“Babies and the Brain: Truths, Myths and Politics”

Tuesday, April 17, 7-9 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas Street, Seattle

Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, Ph.D. and Dr. Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D. are researchers at the University of Washington and co-founders of the U.W. Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences.  They are studying one of the great wonders of humanity: the baby. Human infants are bathed in language and soon learn to speak their own thoughts. Babies watch what others do and become little members of their culture, effortlessly adopting the customs, rituals, and behaviors of those in their world. Their research has reinforced what every parent knows — that the more you talk and read to your child, the faster the brain develops language. Find out what Dr. Kuhl and Dr. Meltzoff have learned about babies and their brains, and how parents can better understand and nurture the magical years of babyhood.
Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Suniya Luthar, Ph.D.
“Overdrive: How Too Much Ambition Can Harm Kids”

April 24, Tuesday, 7-9p.m.
Lincoln Square Cinema
700 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

All parents want the best for their children, but many could be putting their kids in harm’s way as a result. Whether from an affluent background or just struggling to get by, parents today want the most for their children and often sacrifice a great deal to provide what they believe is the “ticket to success.”
 Experts say that parents may be over-invested in their children's success, which can cause anxiety for the child. Dr. Suniya Luthar found that parental and societal expectations of perfection are driving behavioral problems--including substance abuse--in wealthy suburban children, as well as in other populations. According to Dr. Luthar, “For many of us, I don't think we're aware of many of the risks and pressures that can arise, paradoxically, from trying to do the best for our children."

Join us as we hear more about this unique challenge affecting today’s families. Dr. Suniya will present her research, and offer practical ways to shift the tide in our own families.

Dr. Luthar is also conducting a national, anonymous internet-based survey for mothers of children birth to 21 years old.  The survey is called “For mothers: As individuals... and not just "moms"”
Developmental researchers typically consider mothers simply in terms of their behaviors as parents - rarely in terms of their own personhood. This survey explores how mothers feel about different roles not only as mothers but also as thinking, feeling, working individuals. For more information, please go to

 This event is co-sponsored by the City of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and City of Bellevue , Eastside Community Network, City of Redmond, City of Kirkland, King County Council.
 Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Julie Metzger, R.N. and Dr. Rob Lehman
“How Big IS a Hormone? Tackling Tough Questions Kids Ask”

Wednesday, May 9, 7-9 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas Street, Seattle

As our children experience all things puberty, they have many important questions. As parents, we have some answers – but talking about these issues is not always easy. Rob Lehman M.D. and Julie Metzger R.N., M.N. can help, with more than twenty years’ experience answering the tough questions that are on the minds of pre-teens and teens. Their classes about puberty and sex, For Girls Only and For Boys Only, have been offered at Children’s Hospitals in Seattle and Palo Alto.  Their humor and down-to-earth practicality mixed with clinical expertise will provide ideas to get you started, and encourage you to continue these conversations with your kids. This lecture is not appropriate for teenagers. Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door.

Hal Urban, Ph.D.
“Coaching Kindness: The Impact of Language on Your Child’s Character”

Tuesday, May 22, 7-9 p.m.
Museum of History and Industry, Seattle
2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle

This presentation is based on a chapter of Dr. Hal Urban's best-selling book, Positive Words, Powerful Results. In it he explains why the development of language is one of mankind's greatest achievements, and why we often overlook it. Urban will share quotes about the power of language from wise people through 3000 years of history. His emphasis will be on two of the keys to successful parenting: quality time together and meaningful conversation. He offers ten practical suggestions for communicating with kids that any parent can put to use immediately.

Dr. Urban has been researching the impact of words on people for more than 30 years. Words can hurt or heal, bring misery or joy, discourage or inspire.  People of all ages and in a variety of organizations have been enriched by his wisdom, common sense, and humor.
Hal Urban received a Bachelor’s degree in education, a Master’s degree in history and Doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco.  He has been a teacher for 35 years at three levels: high school, community college and at the University of San Francisco, winning numerous awards at each level. He has also authored three books, including Positive Words, Powerful Results, published by Simon and Schuster. This event is co sponsored Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 at the door


Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center


Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Kirlin Foundation
Foundation for Early Learning
Santoro’s Books

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: or call 800-838-3006

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