Three Great Parent Education Events You Won't Want to Miss!

March 19, 2015 | by Erin Sirianni

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Heads up, parents! There are three great parent education events coming to Mercer Island back-to-back – March, 29th, March 30th & March 31st.  Don’t miss these fantastic educational opportunities happening right in our own community. More info below:

Let’s Move! Mercer Island & MI Food Revolution Presents:
Eat Well to Play Well: Fueling the body for performance

Cynthia LairPresenter:  Cynthia Lair, Faculty at Bastyr University’s School of Nutrition & Exercise Science

When:  Sunday, March 29, 3 pm

Where:  Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Who: A family event suitable for ages 10 years and up

Cost:  FREE!


When and what you eat can have a positive effect on your performance. Come hear how! Join Cynthia for a lively presentation on how you can fuel your brain and body for optimal performance. Cynthia Lair is author of the popular cookbook Feeding the Whole Family and Feeding the Young Athlete: Sports Nutrition Made Easy for Players, Parents and Coaches. Cynthia has been on faculty for Bastyr University’s School of Nutrition & Exercise Science since 1994 and is a founder of their BS in Nutrition & Culinary Arts program.  Plus Special guest: Daniel Shapiro, UW Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach.  A Let’s Move! Mercer Island event presented by the MI Food Revolution & Parks & Recreation Department

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ParentEdge Presents: “Opportunities and Challenges of Growing Up in The App Generation”

Katie-Davis-Flyer_Final.2-400Presenter:  Katie Davis, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School

When:  Monday, March 30, 7 pm

Where:  MIHS PAC, 9100 SE 42nd St

Who:  For parents with kids of all ages and students in grades 7- 12

Cost:  FREE for MI PTA members | $10 for non-members


Katie Davis, co-author of The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World conducted extensive research on how the digital youth of the “app generation” learn, communicate, and express themselves. As parents and teachers, we might fear that apps blur a sense of identity, encourage superficial relations with others, and stunt creative imagination; however, they can also promote a strong sense of identity, allow deep relationships, and stimulate creativity. Katie’s talk will focus on:


  • Concerns with three vital areas of adolescent life: identity, intimacy, and imagination
  • The potentials and drawbacks of new media technology for young people, based on an extensive research program at Harvard university
  • What it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled” and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era

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ParentMap Presents: “Loving with Limits: The Early Years”

2015-Kastner-flyer_FF-400Presenter:  Laura Kastner, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington

When:  Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 7 – 9 pm

Where:  Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way

Who:  Parents with children ages 3 – 9

Cost:  Tickets $25 (Get $5 off by using promo code FF2015 with online registration)


Is it possible to bring chaos to calm when parenting young children?  Lucky for us, Seattle’s own Dr. Kastner has boiled down all the parenting gurus’ advice into simple and easy-to-incorporate tips. Bring back the fun and playfulness we all want with our children, but with the boundaries and discipline they need.You will leave Dr. Kastner’s talk with great tools to:


  • Help end your power struggles
  • Model regulating your emotions
  • Work as a team on parenting conflicts

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