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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.

 

Untangled: A Reading Group

This group offers the chance to read and discuss Untangled, by Dr. Lisa Damour. This book looks at normal developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. Untangled helps mothers and fathers understand, connect, and grow with their daughters. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

This reading group is offered at the same time as youth programming so that parents can attend while their girls are at Crave and Wow.

Wednesdays, January 15, January 29, February 12, February 26, March 11, March 25
7:00 - 8:30 pm,  Room #3 (2nd Floor, Children’s Area)
Cost: $200
Register by Thursday, January 9
Led by Kathleen Fischer

KidCare is available for this class. Register here

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Cost: $200.00

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

Every Wednesday, from 01/15/2020 to 03/25/2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Spiritual Formation for Moms

Spiritual Formation for Moms (SFM) is a casual, weekly Monday fellowship and discussion Bible study for moms of infants through kindergarten. Babies welcome! Our next study is “Rhythms of Renewal” by Rebekah Lyons. Learn to trade your struggles with stress and anxiety for a life filled with God’s peace and purpose. This class is an informal Bible study that shares coffee, laughter, joys, and concerns during the ever-changing moments of motherhood. This class is open to both members and non-members.

Mondays, January 13 – May 4
9:30 – 11:00 am, Room 120
Cost: $40 (scholarships are available) 
Led by Malloy Wightman and Cathy Hutton

KidCare is available for this class. Register here.

Mallory Wightman, 214.523.2290

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Cost: $40.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120

Every Monday, from 01/13/2020 to 05/04/2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


How to Raise an Adult: A Reading Group

This unique class offers the chance to read and discuss one of the most important books on parenting, How to Raise an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims. During these six sessions, you will learn about age-appropriate responsibilities, the importance of self-sufficiency, the need for children to make their own choices and what behaviors will help children attain maturity.

Lythcott-Haims, dean of freshmen at Stanford for ten years and mom of two teens,  provides many valuable insights. Dividing the book into manageable portions with discussion on insights and implementation carries her message home.

Please purchase your own book prior to attending class. You will complete assigned readings of the book before coming to class.

Tuesdays, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 10, March 24, April 7

10:00 -11:30 am,  Room 244/245

Cost: $200

Register by Monday, February 3

Led by Kathleen Fischer

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Cost: $200.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 244/245

Every Tuesday, from 01/28/2020 to 04/07/2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


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

This class continues the discussion on learning to help boys through their second decade. Part 1 laid the foundation for understanding boys. Part 2 covers the more difficult aspects of rearing a teen boy, including relationships with girls, emotional development and societal pressures and privileges, all through the lens 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, February 18 - March 10
11:45 am –1:15 pm, Room #3 (2nd Floor, Children’s Area)
Cost: $85
Register by Thursday, February 13
Led by Kathleen Fischer

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Cost: $85.00

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

Every Tuesday, from 02/18/2020 to 03/10/2020, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM


First Time Moms Support Group

Welcome to the journey of motherhood! This season of life is such a wonderful time. Here at HPUMC, we offer the First Time Mothers Support Group for first time mothers of newborns up to one year.

Come with your new baby and meet other first time mothers in the same season of life. Topics will be covered in a rotational basis and you are welcome to join at any time. We will talk about your birth story, maternal care, health, and wellness, redefining relationships with a baby, caring for your baby and ideas for activities. The final evening spouses are invited to participate and meet other fathers.

You may join at any time, and the group is open to members and non-members.

Tuesdays, February 11 - March 10
5:30 – 7:00 pm, Room 387  (3rd Floor, Confirmation Area)
Cost: $20 and advanced registration is required; scholarships available
Register by Friday, February 7
Led by Mallory Wightman

Mallory Wightman, 214.523.2290,

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Cost: $20.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 387

Every Tuesday, from 02/11/2020 to 03/10/2020, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Dress for Mess

How Creative Play Enhances Your Child's Development...While having FUN!

In our fast-paced, busy lives, we don't always have the time to allow for creativity. It can be easier to buy that science "kit", coloring books, or that electronic toy, instead of allowing for open-ended, sensory experiences.

Our youngest children (ages 0-5) need this creative free play to explore, discover, problem-solve, and GROW. Join us as we discuss how messy play creates brain connections and cognitive growth. Throw away those flashcards and workbooks!  Come ready to get messy yourself as you learn how your children learn.

**Seriously....dress for mess...it's going to be a FUN, BUSY, SENSORY experience!!

Saturday, March 7
10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Great Hall
Cost: $15
Register by Monday, March 2
Led by Lisa Ochoa, M Ed., Assistant Director of Infants, Toddlers, and Twos - Highland Park UMC

KidCare is available for this class. Register here.

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Cost: $15.00

Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Saturday, March 07, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


You, Your Child, and Anxiety

Anxiety is a growing issue among our families, affecting both parents and kids. This course focuses on helping parents recognize and understand anxiety in adults and kids, and then equipping parents with the tools they need to support both themselves and their children. Join Doug and Michal Anne for this three-night course!

Wednesdays, March 25 - April 8
6:30 - 8:00 pm, Room #1 (2nd Floor, Children’s Area)
Cost: $45
Register by Thursday, March 20

Led by Michal Anne Whitcomb, MA, LPC, and Doug Dougherty, M.Ed., LPC

KidCare is available for this class. Register here.

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Cost: $45.00

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

Every Wednesday, from 03/25/2020 to 04/08/2020, 6:30 PM - 8:00 AM


Enneagram and Parenting - Know Your Number

Join Suzanne Stabile as she guides you through discerning your particular personality type within the wisdom of this ancient spiritual tool. The Enneagram, a newly revived yet ancient personality typing system will profoundly deepen your understanding and love for yourself, others and God. This class is good preparation for the Parent Project event on Enneagram and Parenting.

Monday, March 30 & Tuesday, March 31

6:30 - 8:00 pm, Great Hall
Register by Thursday, March 26
Cost: $40
Led by Suzanne Stabile

KidCare is available for this class. Register here

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Great Hall

Daily, from 03/30/2020 to 03/31/2020, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


The Parent Project: Enneagram and Parenting

A Conversation with Enneagram Master, Suzanne Stabile and Friends

Please come and join Suzanne as she sits down with her husband, Rev. Joseph Stabile, and seven of their friends to talk about parenting! Hear their stories, experiences, struggles, and successes, and what role the Enneagram and other tools have had on their journey. All nine Enneagram numbers are represented in this incredible group of individuals from different backgrounds, different experiences, and different family dynamics!

 

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Location: Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall

Monday, April 20, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM