Wilton Youth Council‘s first presentation in its Parent Information Series for 2017-2018 is Civility: Teaching Children Respect, Tolerance and Empathy in a Complicated World. It features Alicia Farrell, PhD, cognitive psychologist and founder of Clearview Consulting.

Parents will have two opportunities to attend, both on Tuesday, Oct. 17:  the daytime presentation is at 10-11:30 a.m. at Wilton Library (137 Old Ridgefield Rd.), and registration is recommended through the library’s website or by calling 203.762.6334; the evening presentation is at 7-8:30 p.m. at the Weston Library, (56 Norfield Rd., Weston), and no registration is necessary.

The presentation is geared to parents who at times may feel overwhelmed and confused raising children in a complicated, dynamic world. Farrell says that more than ever parents are navigating their roles without a rudder while still being the most influential force in their children’s lives. “As a parent, you are powerful. What you do, what you say and how you say it strongly influences your children.”

This workshop is meant to empower attendees to take charge as parents and role models, demonstrating how to mentor their children, regardless of their age, as they learn to be positive, self-advocates while building life-skills around respect, tolerance and empathy. Parents will begin to contemplate the following questions and learn skills to parent with confidence:

  • What does it mean to parent through an assumption of goodwill?
  • What is positive parenting;  how do I do it and how does it influence my children’s well-being?
  • How do I empower my children without losing control as a parent?
  • How is my attitude and resilience related to my own health and wellness? (You matter too!)

Organizers say it’s an opportunity to help reduce stress and take charge.

The presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages. It is sponsored by the Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, Wilton Library, Weston Youth Services, and Weston Library.