Hate speech, intolerance, and discrimination—the conflicts that are dividing our country are also affecting our children and how they’re making sense of the contemporary world. But not necessarily in the ways we might think.
What are they learning and talking about in school? And where do we, as parents, begin a thoughtful, age-appropriate conversation?
On Thursday, March 15 at 6 pm, expert childhood educator and parent coach Mechele Pruitt, Director of San Francisco Parents Place, will lead us in a hands-on workshop entitled “Remaining Empathic in Turbulent Times: How to Talk to Your Child about Difficult Topics.” This workshop is designed to help parents get the tools they need to understand what’s going on in their kids’ lives and start conversations with them about it.
Join Mechele, SFFS staff and other SFFS parents who will help us maintain our values and hopes—and our basic kindness—at a time when doing so can be especially hard.
In this workshop, parents will learn:
· How children think and respond to information they hear from the world around them and how to best support them
· What kids and their teachers are talking about in school
· Practical guides to start conversations with kids
· How to maintain our values and our hopes when our values may not be supported
The event will include SFFS teachers and staff talking about how they and their students discuss current politics, and the event will include a look at written statements from students about what they want to talk about with their parents. There will also be Q&A, and an opportunity to submit questions online in advance.
The event will be held from 6-7:30 pm and include light refreshments. RSVP is strongly encouraged, but not required. Please RSVP here.
Please note: This is an adults-only program. Childcare will be provided but you must RSVP in the above link for childcare by March 9.