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ANGST Documentary: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety

January 24, 2018 7:00 PM

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Angst will feature interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they’ve learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety, and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects, while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible. A Q&A will follow the film with experts who can answer your questions about the film and treatment options for anxiety.

Teens and tweens welcome to attend with parents (recommended for ages 12 and up). Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Issaquah High School Theater

January 30, 2018 at Liberty High School!


Stress on the Rise

How to support your child’s successful development

February 7, 2018 7:00 PM

Laura Kastner, Ph.D.

Surveys of school children show that their stress levels are at all-time highs. They cite school, home, peers and fears of the future as major sources. Parents want their children to work hard at school, but sometimes this understandable goal can intensify the stress. What’s a parent to do?

All stress isn’t bad. Stress can energize us and challenge us to reach goals. However, when situational demands exceed our ability to meet challenges, stress can lead to mental flooding and burn out. Kids can learn to be resilient, as long as challenges are not overwhelming. Today’s parents need to understand the science of stress, so they can help their children with coping strategies and wise decision-making. They also need to make mental health a top priority.

Advantaged kids can be especially harmed by excessive pressure to perform academically and their parents’ own stress levels. Cultural pressure to perform, look good and achieve excellence at everything affects teens adversely. Parents can feel the same pressures, with success equated with measures from test scores and grades. Research shows that teens benefit when parents balance reasonable academic goals with healthy habits related to sleep, authoritative parenting, and media management.

This talk will focus on what parents can do to enhance their children’s resilience, social and emotional competence and healthy resistance to stress. The good news is that by making family health a priority, parents will build skills for improving their own well-being as well as their children’s.

For parents only. Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Issaquah High School Theater


Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

How to help children WANT to cooperate without yelling, bribes, threats or punishment

May 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Are you tired of battling with your child? Do you wish you knew how to get your child cooperating without yelling and threats? Are you trying to find the sweet spot between spoiling and strict? Dr. Laura Markham gives you practical everyday strategies to help you raise a child who WANTS to cooperate, by working with your child rather than trying to manipulate or control.

No parent is peaceful all the time, but it's completely possible to create a more peaceful home where affection, connection and humor help you resolve conflict happily, and where kids WANT to follow your lead.

In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you'll have a chance to ask questions about your own parenting, and you'll learn:

· Why children misbehave -- and how to help them WANT To Cooperate without yelling, threats, bribes or consequences

· What research shows about how children develop self-discipline

· The four power tools you can use to connect with children and help them with their emotions

· Why yelling and timeouts actually cause more misbehavior

· How you can create the relationship you want with your child

For parents only. Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

Skyline High School Theater


Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life

May 17, 2018 10:00 AM

Conflict is a part of every human relationship, and children learn essential skills when they encounter conflict and resolve it. The key is supporting them to resolve conflict with mutual respect, so they’re learning conflict resolution rather than bullying. In this talk with Dr. Laura Markham, you will learn:

· Teaching peace: how you can help your children learn to express their needs and emotions without attacking their sibling.

· A radical approach to sharing that eliminates conflict and develops generosity.

· How to connect with each child so they truly believe you couldn’t love anyone else more.

· How to foster a loving family culture that encourages laughter and minimizes fighting.

For parents only. Cost is free for PTSA Members of Issaquah District schools, $10 donation requested of non-members.

First Stage (Kidstage) Theatre, Issaquah