Social Emotional Learning

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Ann currently hosts the monthly community Mountain Strong Families presentations that help parents build warm relationships with their children and boost their child’s social-emotional skills. Parenting Presentations cover these main areas~ 

What is Normal?   Adults often have unrealistic expectations for children’s behavior and may not understand what is going on when they misbehave.  Mountain Strong Families workshops cover the latest in neuroscience research to help us understand how children’s brains develop and how this impacts their emotions, social skills, and behavior.    100_1624

 Nurturing Ourselves.  Parents learn nurturing approaches to reducing their own stress and anger while parenting.  It is harder to be empathetic to our children’s big emotions and misbehavior when we are exhausted, hurried, or reactionary.  Learning how to self- reflect and do selfcare supports our loving relationship with our children. 100_1703

  Positive Parenting Skills 101.  Parents learn how to connect deeply with their child, create routines and set limits, use positive encouragement & regular affirmations, and coach their child through big emotions and social skill-building, as well as coaching children how to effectively problem-solve conflicts, get their needs met, and respond compassionately to others.  The kind of discipline that develops whole human beings looks very different from what many of us grew up experiencing.    100_1611

 Improved Communication and Conflict Resolution.  When we learn how to express and assert ourselves nonviolently, when we learn specific skills for listening empathetically, and when we learn the steps to resolving conflicts and restoring relationships after there has been a tense rupture, we are teaching the social skills that will serve our children for a lifetime.

Finding Our Village. Parenting is hard work.  We don’t parent well in isolation.  Mountain Strong Families monthly gatherings are a great chance to connect with other local parents ~ to hear each other’s similar stories and find common ways to raise healthy children together.

Mountain Strong Families is facilitated by our Parenting Educator and Ann Sherman, with occasional guest presenters

Check out the DATES for this year’s series!


Parenting in a Pre-Covid WorldMountain Strong Families meets monthly at NES from 5:30 -7:30pm.  We begin with a free family meal in the cafeteria and a chance to socialize.  At 6pm, children have a fun childcare opportunity while parents gather in the Kiva for an interactive presentation.  Young children are encouraged to come in their pajamas to make the transition to bedtime easier upon returning home. 

Our temporary Covid-safe Plans:  Families register for a free take-out dinner which they pick up at TEENS, Inc between 5:00 – 5:45pm.  Mountain Strong Families meet monthly online from 6 -7:30pm in a Zoom format.  We interact in whole group discussions and smaller breakout rooms as we practice a positive approach to parenting children who are learning strong social emotional skills.  A fun craft or game is often sent home for children to do while parents focus for 90 minutes in a virtual format.   (We can’t wait until we can return to in-person parenting experiences!)