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ParentMap Presents: 2008 Pathways Lecture Series for Parents

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2008
Suzanne Goren


Parenting is a wild ride, and the “rules” are always changing! ParentMap’s Pathways lecture series presents world-class experts who know just what local parents are going through, and how to help. Our fifth-annual series features speakers who offer parents tips and tricks for coping with the many challenges children bring at every stage of development. Our lectures keep parents on the cutting edge of scientific and social research, and give them real tools that can help them improve their family relationships.

A special new offering this year: ParentMap presents a unique and lively program for moms titled “Opting In/Opting Out in 2008: Managing the Mommy Juggle.” The panel, led by Mona Locke, will feature seven women in our community that have successfully navigated the delicate balance of work and family – each in a very different way. The program will feature a resource fair and reception for attendees.

Lectures take place in Seattle, Eastside and Tacoma and are from 7-9p.m* Presenting sponsors include Children’s Regional Medical Center and KCTS. Detailed information and tickets can be found at

John Gottman, Ph.D., co founder, The Gottman Institute
Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child
Wednesday, March 5, Town Hall, Seattle

Every parent wants their child to have the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school and life. In this lively presentation, Dr. Gottman equips parents with a five-step “emotion coaching” process that teaches them how to help their child enjoy increased self-confidence, greater physical health, improved school performance, and healthier social relationships. This presentation is for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. "Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child" will enrich the bonds between parent and child and contribute immeasurably to the development of a generation of emotionally healthy adults. Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Services, City of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services, City of Kirkland and Eastside Community Networks.

Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Hold on to Your Child
Cultivating positive influences
Tuesday, March 11, Annie Wright School, Tacoma

“Something has changed…Children are not quite the same as we remember being. They seem less likely to take their cues from adults, less inclined to please those in charge, less afraid of getting into trouble.” So says bestselling author Dr. Gordon Neufeld, who studies the pivotal role that a strong bond with parents plays in a child’s healthy development. According to Dr. Neufeld, societal change is endangering the child-parent relationship, and peers are increasingly replacing parents as key players in kids’ lives. Join us for a dynamic, inspiring discussion about what we can do to cultivate the kind of relationships with our children that keep them safe, healthy, and thriving throughout their lives. Co-sponsored by Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Dimitri Christakis, M.D., MPH, Children’s Hospital, Dept. of Pediatrics
Turn it off! (Or not): Is Media Always Bad for Kids?
Wednesday, March 26, Newport High School, Bellevue

Is television always terrible for kids? Should you pull the plug on computer games and cell phones? The author of The Elephant in the Living Room and the director of the UW’s Child Health Institute, Dr. Christakis will present the best available scientific evidence of the effects of media on children's attention spans, language development, behavior and obesity. Learn to make that screen time play a positive role in your child's development.

Daniel Siegel, M.D., Assoc. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
Mindful Parenting
Monday, April 14, Town Hall, Seattle

Learn powerful ways to strengthen your bond with your children through self-understanding and mindful focus. Dr. Siegel studies the ways in which our relationships, our minds, and our brains interact to shape who we are and how our children develop. This practical approach offers a scientifically grounded perspective that can enhance our own lives as we help our children develop resilience and compassion. Dr. Siegel is the author of Parenting From the Inside Out and the brand-new The Mindful Brain.

Opting In/Opting Out in 2008
Mona Locke, Executive Director of the Puget Sound chapter of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, moderates a panel of women discussing work/family choices
Tuesday, April 29, Broadway Performance Hall, Seattle
*Reception begins at 5:30p.m. Lecture from 7-9p.m.

Focus on your own happiness for the evening as we gather for a lively panel discussion about women, work, and options. We’ve brought together some of the most interesting and accomplished moms around to share stories of their quest to find that holy grail of motherhood: the work-family life balance. Moderated by Mona Locke this promises to be a memorable, inspirational evening. Join us to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, connect with resources, and exchange ideas about finding happiness and balance.

Laura Kastner, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington
The Teen Brain: What Parents Need to Know
Tuesday, May 6, Seattle Children’s Theatre

Rudeness! Impulsivity! Stupid mistakes! Temper tantrums! Laziness! Parents have known for centuries that teenagers enter a phase where they become rebellious, take risks and get moody. But what science couldn’t tell you until very recently is why. Recent brain-imaging studies have documented how the thinking part of the brain is literally “under construction” during the teen years. This presentation gives parents the tools to better understand their teen and to help them survive – and thrive! – during the roller-coaster years.

John Gottman, Ph.D., co founder, The Gottman Institute
Making Marriage Work
Tuesday, May 20, Herzl-Ner Tamid, Mercer Island

The founder of the Gottman Institute for Marriage Research and best-selling author returns for another sure-fire sell-out lecture on the ways that anger, blame, and resentment undermine many marriages – and what you can do about it. The author of Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, Dr. Gottman provides vital tools that you can use to regain affection and romance lost through years of ineffective communication. You’ll learn tools to strengthen your relationship and make it as fulfilling as it can be.


Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center

Kirlin Charitable Foundation

Third Place Books

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

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