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Briefly In Education

January 15, 2010

Program helps moms, daughters

An educational and informative program, Mother Daughter Dilemmas: Problems and Solutions, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach, 286 St. Ann’s Drive.

Co-sponsored by the club and the American Assn. of University Women LBF, the program is the second of a two-part series devoted to the Sandwich Generation Women, who mediate and manage issues related to two generations — aging parents and adult or teen daughters.

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Three trained professionals, all mothers of daughters, will share practical information and answer questions on a topic that challenges many women today.

Vivian Clecak is a therapist in private practice with a primary focus on women’s issues and executive director of Human Options. Kay Ostenson, a middle school counselor, is also a clinical psychologist in private practice. In addition to having mothered five daughters and a number of granddaughters, Susan Velasquez is nationally recognized as a leader in group dynamics and leadership skills for professionals, as well as an author and newspaper columnist.

For more information, call (949) 497-1200.

Coffee Break: Playful Parenting

The first “Coffee Break” of the year will focus on elementary and middle school kids and their parents.

Playful Parenting: a Bold Way to Nurture Close Connections and Solve Behavior Problems will be from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Surf and Sand Hotel, 1555 S. Coast Hwy.

Developed by Larry Cohen, a nationally renowned psychologist, the program provides parents with the necessary tools to make interactions with children more fun, foster clearer communication between parent and child and offer an alternative discipline approach rather than the typical punitive or permissive models.

Some of the topics include harnessing the power of play to get kids to cooperate without power struggles, rethinking discipline to emphasize good judgment and teaching kids to play their way through sibling rivalry.

According to Cohen, children of all ages have an ongoing need for connectedness, security and attachment. Playful interaction with parents is an important way to develop such bonds.

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