G.E.A.R. Parenting Network will offer the following workshops in the month of September.

Identifying your parenting style
This workshop is intended to help parents and other caregivers learn and identify their current parenting style and recognize the large impact that it has on a child’s development. The group will review each of the four parenting styles. Through sharing of information and discussion participants will be given the tools to evaluate both positive and negative influences in their lives and how it relates to their parenting style. Parents and caregivers can improve their skills by having and understanding of parenting styles, discipline, cultural influences, and environmental issues. The workshop will be presented by Diane Bouffard, regional parent support coordinator Thursday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Being a trauma-informed parent
Traumatic childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or substance abuse in the home can have long-term physical, psychological, behavioral, and economic consequences. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study demonstrates the connection between childhood trauma and a wide array of physical & mental health problems. Despite the trauma in their lives, children can survive and even thrive. Protective factors, including healthy relationships with parents and caregivers, foster resilience in children and help them to overcome early adversity. The class will be presented by Shannan Boyorak, regional parent support coordinator, Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon.

To sign up for one or more of these workshops, register online at gearparentnetwork.org/events/.