Smart Love offers the In the Pursuit of Happiness webinar series as a free-of-charge quarterly informational and educational resource for parents, families, and caregivers providing insights, techniques and guidance around a wide range of parenting and family support topics. The webinars feature Smart Love clinicians, key staff, and guest experts who offer insights, share perspectives, and answer questions submitted by the public.
Webinar Schedule & Registration:
Gender Identity: My child has just announced they are transgender or non-binary. I want to do what is best, but I’m struggling. What is the right way to respond?
January 13, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. CST
When a child announces to their family that they are transgender or non-binary – it can be a big, nerve-wracking step. Children are often filled with worry on how their family and particularly their parents will respond to the news; and they are seeking to learn if they are still loved and accepted.
Parents only want the very best for their child, but may be conflicted with their own reactions to the news. It’s normal for parents to dream about what their child’s future may be like and when the reality doesn’t match up with those dreams, parents can experience losses themselves. While these feelings are okay, parents can also feel conflicted with those feelings but yet also wanting to do what is best.
In this webinar, we will help parents understand these conflicting emotions, how to separate them from what you know is best for your child and how to move forward.
March 10, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. CST
Many teenagers are exploring and evaluating what is next for them after high school. For many, this will include determining what colleges to apply to and where to enroll. This session will provide parents a framework on how to help their children figure out which path is the right one for them, what questions they should consider when choosing a college, and how to support them during the application process.
GIMME PURPLE ELMO!!!! And Other Temper Tantrums
June 9, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. CST
Toddlerhood is notoriously known as a time of conflict and stress, but it doesn’t have to be. Many parents sometimes struggle to know how to manage their toddlers’ behaviors and emotional outbursts. Unfortunately, many parenting approaches out there inadvertently strengthen the emotions that drive the tantrum behaviors, perpetuating a vicious cycle of bigger and bigger tantrums. But if parents can learn a different way to respond to their toddlers when emotions begin to get out of control – they can see a dramatic change. With time and a heavy dose of patience, parents can turn the tantrum tide.