Parent Education

 Parenting with Purpose 2014

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Feeding the Body and the Brain..Ten Tips for Busy Families

Rebecca Lindberg, MPH, RD; Minneapolis Health Institute Foundation
Teresa Ambroz, MPH, RD, LD; Minneapolis Health Institute Foundation lindberg.jpg
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Minnetonka High School Arts Center
What kids eat - or don’t eat - has a big impact on their energy level, productivity and mood. Join us as we discuss the ten most important things you can do to inspire children to want to make healthful food choices. Discover how to nurture healthful eating habits so children are alert and ready to learn. Hear about simple things busy families can do to eat well on the go, and sit down to enjoyable, nutritious meals at home.
Presented by Teresa Ambroz and Rebecca Lindberg, both mothers and registered
dietitians with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
Upon completion, participants will be inspired to:
1. Use one of the top ten strategies to inspire kids to eat more healthfully
2. Create a food environment that supports healthful eating habits in children at home and at school
3. Take action to improve eating habits away from home
4. Try at least two simple ways to make family meals and snacks healthier and enjoyable
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Parenting Tech Savvy Elementary Kids 101

Kelly Whiteside; Deephaven Media Specialisteisenmann.jpg
Dave Eisenmann; Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services

Thursday, January 8, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Excelsior Auditorium

Cell phones, Instagram, gaming apps, Snap Chat, tablets and more. Keeping on top of what kids do with technology is tough and ever changing, but critical to their safety and future.

Get tips for maintaining open dialog with kids about technology and understand the significant role you play in helping kids be responsible and safe in today's high-tech world, including setting up a filter on your home wireless network.

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This presentation is geared toward parents of children in E – 5th grades. 

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Dr. Robert Brooks; Resilience, Motivation and Family Relationships Speaker and Author

Monday, February 9, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Minnetonka High School

Dr. Robert Brooks is one of the nation’s leading speakers and authors on the themes of resilience, motivation and family relationships. His talks are filled with practical, realistic suggestions and he is renowned for his use of warmth and humor to bring insights and anecdotes to life. From the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and author of Raising Self-Disciplined Children, Nurturing Resilience in our Children: Answers to Most Important Parenting Questions, and Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less, Dr. Brooks will spend an evening inspiring Minnetonka families.
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Dr. Brooks is the author or co-author of 15 books including:
Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Self-Esteem Teacher
The Charismatic Advisor: Becoming a Source of Strength in the Lives of Your Clients
Raising Resilient Children
Raising Resilient Children: A Curriculum
Nurturing Resilience in Our Children: Answers to the Most Important Parenting Questions
Raising a Self-Disciplined Child
Handbook of Resilience in Children
Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less
Angry Children, Worried Parents: Seven Steps to Help Families Manage Anger
Seven Steps to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills
Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms
The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life
A Pediatric Approach to Learning Disorders
So That’s How I Was Born! (a sex education book for young children).
He completed a videotape and educational guide for PBS titled “Look What You’ve Done! Stories of Hope and Resilience,” that focuses on the resilience in children with special needs. Drs. Brooks and Sam Goldstein also prepared a parenting video and curriculum about resilience and have produced a documentary, “Tough Times, Resilient Kids,” that was a finalist in the 23rd Telly Awards. In addition, Dr. Brooks has served as a consultant to Sesame Street Parents Magazine.
Dr. Brooks received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University and did additional training at the University of Colorado Medical School. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital. He has a part-time private practice in which he sees children, adolescents, adults, and families.
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If you missed our October presentation, Parenting Tech Savvy Teens, a video is available at: The interactive handout is available at
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