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At Highland Park United Methodist Church we have course offerings to help you with every developmental stage of your child and for your whole family.

 

Bringing Our Boys Through the Second Decade: Ages 10-20 (Pt. 1)

The needs of boys are often subtle, going unnoticed until they erupt or melt down. The complex interplay between boys’ hard-wiring and the social pressures they experience form an increasing hardship just to grow up safe and healthy. This class will unpack how to help our sons through the second decade, including conversations about: brain differences between boys and girls; boys’ social fragility; their unique style of forming friendships and close attachments; helping to shape their natural aggressiveness; competitiveness; sex drive; risk taking; and the roles parents and other loving adults play in supporting their young man’s development. This class will celebrate the vibrant contribution our sons can make, with our help, through their second decade.

Bring your lunch.

Tuesdays, January 17 - February 7

 

Register by Thursday, January 12
Led by Kathleen Fischer

Laura Beagles, 214.523.2231,
Amy Gutmann, 214.523.2296,

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Cost: $85.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120

Every Tuesday, from 01/17/2017 to 02/07/2017, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

First Time Mom and Baby Group

Welcome to the journey of motherhood! This season of life is such a wonderful time. We want to be a part of it! Here at HPUMC we offer the First Time Mothers Support Groups throughout the year. During this four week group, you will meet other first time mothers in the same season of life. Topics include your birth story, redefining relationships with a baby, child care, and returning to work. The fourth night is “spouse” night for couples to meet each other and talk about the experience of being a new parent.

We encourage you to bring your baby! This is open to both members and non-members.

Tuesdays, January 17 - February 7

Led by Mallory Wightman, staff
214.523.2290,

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Cost: $20.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 386

Every Tuesday, from 01/17/2017 to 02/07/2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Life in the Rock Tumbler: Helping Our Kids Navigate Middle School

Almost NO adult looks back at middle school fondly because it’s a time filled with developmental transitions, changes which leave a kid feeling uncertain and not good enough...even if he’s a “cool kid” in other kids’ eyes. As parents, we’d like to be helpful to our children - this begins with gaining perspective on where our kids are developmentally and considering what “tools” we have to work with them.

Join us as we talk about:

  • how kids build their sense of who they are;
  • how they make friends (or don’t) based on how they see themselves; and most of all,
  • what we parents can do to help them through this transition toward being capable, kind young adults.  

Thursdays, January 19 - February 9

Bring your lunch!

11:45 am - 1:15 pm, Room 120

Cost: $85

Register by Thursday, January 12
Led by Kathleen Fischer

KidCare is available for this class.

Laura Beagles, 214.523.2231,

Amy Gutmann, 214.523.2296,

 

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Cost: $85.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120

Every Thursday, from 01/19/2017 to 02/09/2017, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Spiritual Formation for Moms

Begin your week in community with other mothers! Each Monday morning we meet for fellowship and sharing in the joy that is motherhood. This class is open for anyone with children age birth to young elementary level. Come learn new tools to experience God as a mother. Topics of discussion are defined by the needs of the group and can include studying the Bible, relational topics (parenthood, marriage, etc.) or learning more about a practice of developing faith (prayer, journaling, etc.) This semester will be the book “Present over Perfect,” by Shauna Niequist. Shauna invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

Mondays, January 9 - May 8, 2017

Cost: $30 for book and materials; scholarships are available

Led by: Mallory Wightman
214-523-2290,

 

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Cost: $30.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120

Every Monday, from 01/09/2017 to 05/08/2017, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Sooner Than You Think: Simple Answers to Challenging Questions

Speaker: Megan Michelson
Tuesday, January 31

Andi Fancher, staff, 214.523.2286,

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 4, 2nd Floor (Children's Area)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Intentional Parenting: 10 Ways to be an Exceptional Parent in a Quick Fix World

Every parent has dreams for their children and a hope filled with the best of intentions. Although, at some point, parents move from DREAMS to DUCT TAPE and simply hope that everything will just stay stuck together and their kids won’t fall apart.

Raising kids is a difficult challenge and it requires a plan—without a plan, parents often default to what we call “Quick-Fix Parenting.” Let’s be honest: it’s just a lot easier to try to solve the immediate problems rather than deal with the deeper and more important issues (that’s what “Quick-Fix” parents do). Surviving each day is much easier than taking the time and energy to consider how your current parenting actions are impacting a child’s future. Unfortunately, quick and easy isn’t the same as good and effective.

Come join us and learn about ten doable actions that will impact the future of your children. You can get started implementing these ideas into your parenting and you will see immediate results in your child—no matter their age.

Wednesdays, February 1 - March 8
$25 workbook (couples may share a workbook)
Register by Thursday, January 26
Led by Andi Fancher, staff
214.523.2286,

KidCare is available for this class.

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Cost: $25.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 3, 2nd floor (Children's Area)

Every Wednesday, from 02/01/2017 to 03/08/2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Parent Quarterly (February 2017)

Christy Baca - The Effects of Social Media on Our Youth

“I want students to know they are worth more than the temporary affirmation a LIKE button gives them.” ~ Christy Baca

For better or for worse, social media has changed the way we parent our teens. The rules of the game have changed.

After seeing the effects social media had on her daughters’ lives, national speaker and author Christy Baca developed awareness programs on the benefits and risks social media poses for teens. Christy specializes in parenting programs on social media awareness and cyberbullying. She defines the positive and negative attributes of social media and equips adults with signs of cyberbullying and how to respond, software monitoring options, and apps frequently abused by teens.

Join us for this timely and important topic with an engaging speaker. You’ll be glad you did!

Four times a year the youth ministry hosts a Parent Quarterly, a lecture and Q&A session with an expert on a topic of interest to youth parents.

Parents of 6th-12th Grade

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Sunday, February 05, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Love & Logic Parenting: Early Childhood (2-6 years)

It's never too early to use love and logic. It even works with the teeny tiny ones! Turn the terrible 2s into terrific 2s with easy to use steps. Great solutions to "I waaant it!" and "You can't make me!" and a favorite, the grocery store "gimmies." Hear how parents successfully model the behaviors they want to see. Build your child's self-esteem early in life. Get direct talk on potty training. This class offers parents an alternative way to communicate with their child.

Tuesdays, February 7 - March 7

Cost: $25 for workbook (couples may share a workbook)
Register by Thursday, February 2
Led by Cathy Morgan

KidCare is available for this class.

Laura Beagles, 214.523.2231,

Amy Gutmann, 214.523.2296,

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Cost: $25.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 1, 2nd floor (Children's Area)

Every Tuesday, from 02/07/2017 to 03/07/2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

HPUMC Dads Breakfast

Join other dads of children, ages birth through 12th grade, during our monthly breakfast series for a morning of fellowship, breakfast and a great message on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 am in Great Hall. Breakfast is $6

For more information & to register, visit hpumc.org/dads

Contact: Rev. Matt Tuggle,  

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Third Thursday, from 01/19/2017 to 02/16/2017, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

HPUMC Moms (February 2017)

Whether you are a new mom or a seasoned mother of teenagers, we hope that you will join us at our HPUMC Moms Dinner Series. Come be encouraged and inspired, fellowship with other moms, and enjoy a night out for yourself! Bring a friend, neighbor, or co-worker, too!

February 2017 topic: TBA

KidCare is available. Register here

 

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Location: HPUMC Youth Basement

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Love & Logic Parenting: Early Childhood (2-6 years)

It's never too early to use love and logic. It even works with the teeny tiny ones! Turn the terrible 2s into terrific 2s with easy to use steps. Great solutions to "I waaant it!" and "You can't make me!" and a favorite, the grocery store "gimmies." Hear how parents successfully model the behaviors they want to see. Build your child's self-esteem early in life. Get direct talk on potty training. This class offers parents an alternative way to communicate with their child.

Mondays, March 20 - April 24

Cost: $25 for workbook (couples may share a workbook)

Register by Wednesday, March 15
Led by Mary Hope Burns

KidCare is available for this class.

Laura Beagles, 214.523.2231,

Amy Gutmann, 214.523.2296,

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Cost: $25.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 3, 2nd floor (Children's Area)

Every Monday, from 03/20/2017 to 04/24/2017, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Bringing Our Boys Through the Second Decade: Ages 10-20 (Pt. 2)

Whether you have an adolescent son or an adolescent daughter who might be interacting with boys, this class offers vital insight. Bringing Our Boys Through the Second Decade, Part 1 lays the foundation for understanding boys, their “hard-wiring,” family relationships, friendships and school attachments. This Part 2 class will consider the more difficult aspects of rearing a teen boy: his relationships with girls; the privilege of driving; the ubiquitous pressures of drinking and drugs; and emotional ups and downs—all set in the context of risk taking. Our class will celebrate the vibrant contributions our sons can make, with our help, throughout their second decade.

Bring your lunch.

Tuesdays, March 21- April 11

Register by Thursday, March 16

Led by Kathleen Fischer

Laura Beagles, 214.523.2231,

Amy Gutmann, 214.523.2296,

Click for Registration Info

Cost: $85.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120

Every Tuesday, from 03/21/2017 to 04/11/2017, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

First Time Mom and Baby Group

Welcome to the journey of motherhood! This season of life is such a wonderful time. We want to be a part of it! Here at HPUMC we offer the First Time Mothers Support Groups throughout the year. During this four week group, you will meet other first time mothers in the same season of life. Topics include your birth story, redefining relationships with a baby, child care, and returning to work. The fourth night is “spouse” night for couples to meet each other and talk about the experience of being a new parent.

We encourage you to bring your baby! This is open to both members and non-members.

Tuesdays, March 21 - April 11

Led by Mallory Wightman, staff
214.523.2290,

Click for Registration Info

Cost: $20.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 386

Every Tuesday, from 03/21/2017 to 04/11/2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Making Sense of Sex: Guiding Our Teens

In a culture which increasingly places value on looking good instead of being good, parents need to consider thoughtfully the issues of teen sexuality:

  • What’s developmentally “normal,” anyway?
  • How do issues of sexuality differ for our sons and for our daughters?
  • What are the realities of sex in our kids’ world?
  • How do we clarify our own values and thoughts about sexual topics?
  • Then, how in heaven’s name do we initiate the kind of conversations we know our kids need?

These topics and more will be the focus of Kathleen Fischer’s presentation.

Bring your lunch.

Thursdays, March 23 - April 13

 

Register by Thursday, March 16
Led by Kathleen Fischer

KidCare is available for this class.

Laura Beagles, 214.523.2231,  

Amy Gutmann, 214.523.2296,

 

Click for Registration Info

Cost: $85.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120

Every Thursday, from 03/23/2017 to 04/13/2017, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Parent Quarterly (April 2017)

Four times a year the youth ministry hosts a Parent Quarterly, a lecture and Q&A session with an expert on a topic of interest to youth parents.

Parents of 6th-12th Grade

Gregg Medlyn and Candace Winslow - Getting Me: The Secret to What Your Spouse Really Wants

Lucy McDaniel, 214.523.2233,

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Sunday, April 02, 2017, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

HPUMC Moms (April 2017)

Whether you are a new mom or a seasoned mother of teenagers, we hope that you will join us at our HPUMC Moms Dinner Series. Come be encouraged and inspired, fellowship with other moms, and enjoy a night out for yourself! Bring a friend, neighbor, or co-worker, too!

April 2017 topic: TBA

KidCare is available. Register here

 

Click for Registration Info

Location: HPUMC Youth Basement

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM