Wilton Public Schools are introducing a six-week workshop called “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.” The program, developed by the authors of the book by the same name, uses lessons, role play, and practice to help parents develop more effective skills for communicating with their children. This workshop is free and limited to Wilton parents.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • Engage your child’s willing cooperation
  • Deal with your child’s negative feelings – frustration, disappointment, anger
  • Express your anger without being hurtful
  • Set firm limits and still maintain goodwill
  • Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
  • Encourage positive relationships between your children
  • Resolve family conflicts peacefully

Funding and training for this new program was provided through a joint initiative of the Wilton Youth Council and Wilton Woman’s Club that is taking aim at the opioid crisis by focusing on early prevention of the risk factors that lead to addiction later in life. Early prevention starts with fostering communication, connection and resilience in families and in the community.

The “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk” workshop is scheduled to run three times during this 2017-2018 school year.

Session 1:  Mondays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Comstock Community Center Room 31
Facilitated by: Kathy Weiss, Kim Zemo
Nov. 13, 20, 27    Dec. 4, 11, 18

Session 2:  Wednesdays
Facilitated by:  Nicole Mok, Bonnie Schniztler
Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31   Feb. 7, 14, 21  (one snow date scheduled)

Session 3: Thursdays
Facilitated by: Jim Martin, Alexa Lee
March 8, 15, 22, 29   April 5, 19    (one snow date scheduled)

Registration for Session 1 is now open.  To register, please call Wilton Youth Services at 203.834.6241. Contact Kim Zemo via email with questions.