Spring Fantasy Luncheon is on Sunday, April 28.  Preview the auction list at the special event site.
San Diego Parent Connections Upcoming Events

Upcoming Parent Connection Events

Register for classes here.  If you do not know your user name or password, email info@sandiegoparent.com.

The 90 Minute Baby Sleep Program

Monday, April 29, 9:30-11am, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

Potty Training Made Easy
In the midst of our frustration over diapers changes or accidents, it's easy to forget that all children will eventually learn to use the potty.  Make this transition stress-free for you and your child by learning the ins and outs of potty training from an expert, Nonie Levi, MFT.  You'll learn how to tell when a child is ready, how to encourage your child to use the potty and even when to call it quits for a while until your child is truly ready to get down and potty.
Monday, May 6, 7-9pm, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
Free for Parent Connection Members, $10/nonmembers

Redirecting Children's Behavior 3-week series
Enhance your parenting skills through this powerful and practical 3-week course that teaches effective parenting skills in a supportive, loving and nonjudgmental atmosphere.  Learn the four principles of why children misbehave and how to nurture self-sufficient, responsible and self-confident children by using techniques that build mutual respect, create positive motivational messages, prevent siblings rivalry and minimize power struggles.  Cost:  $200/member or $350/member couple.  The cost for nonmembers is $395/family.  Fee does not include textbook and/or workbook, which are $30.
For more information or to register for La Jolla/UTC contact Susie Walton at 760-633-3754.  For Encinitas/Carlsbad classes, contact Jackie Hartman at 760-533-5256.
Mondays, May 6, 13, 20, 6:30-9pm, Scripps Coastal Medical Group Carlsbad
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 6:30-9pm, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Schaetzel Center

Basic Training For Dads-To-Be
We're looking for a few good dads-to-be!  With a baby on the way, your life is about to change profoundly.  Our basic training class allows expectant dads the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from experienced dads who have been through it all.  Learn about what to expect in the last trimester of pregnancy, at the birth, during the first few weeks at home and more.  Our expert dads, accompanied by their infants, will provide practical tips on diapering, feeding and soothing a newborn.  This class provides an experience you can't get from reading a book or attending a childbirth class.  Call 858-380-4636, go to newdadsclass.com or email dsingley@newdadsclass.com for information and registration.  The cost is $40.
Saturday, May 11, 9:30-Noon, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC

Nurturing Your Child's Spirit...Strategically 3-week series
Learn creative, fun and innovative ways to deal with the challenges of raising a spirited child using techniquest from Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's Raising Your Spirited Child and the successful parenting program, Redirecting Children's Behavior.  The cost for Parent Connection members is $295/couple, nonmembers are $350/couple.  For more information contact Jackie Hartman and 760-533-5256.
Wednesdays, May 15, 22, 29, 6:30-9pm, Scripps Coastal Medical Group, Carlsbad

Gentle Sleep Solutions. Sleep Basics
This workshop provides a comfortable environment where parents learn how to gently solve their child's sleep problems.  Our speaker, Jen Varela is a certified Gentle Sleep Coach.  She will discuss sleep, including the science and behavioral must knows.  Topics will include common problems, how to solve them and the secret to sleep-coaching success.
Thursday, May 16, 11am-Noon, Scripps Coastal Medical Group - Carlsbad


Family Swap Meet
When:Sunday, June 23
Time:9:00am to 1:00pm
Where:  Canyon Crest Academy
5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130
Admission:  $2/person, under 12 years old free
To register for a space, click here.

Thomas and Friends Family Day!

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11:00am to 3:00 pm — Thomas & Friends Family Day is in full steam, huffing and puffing along. It’s totally Thomas at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Come in character whether it’s a costume, shirt, or pajama we are having a Thomas Train Bash! Jump, wiggle and giggle to a music performance from Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew, create your own Thomas & Friends puppets, or be the director of the railway like Sir Topham Hatt and operate our “G” scale train with Thomas and Percy on the tracks. This is a family day celebration not to miss!

The San Diego Model Railroad Museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Children 14 and under are free, adult admission is $8.


HELP IS ON IT'S WAY! San Diego's most sought out Parenting Conference is here once again!  We are looking forward to our fast approaching 5th Annual 'It Takes a Village to Raise a Child' Parenting Conference on Saturday May 4, 2013 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  This one-of-a-kind, educational packed conference for parents, educators, coaches and caregivers will take place at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living,1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas, 92024.

CLICK HERE to view our Conference Flyer and SHARE with Friends and Family!!!



Childcare Professional: Marketing Yourself for Success with Skills
While you could make a few extra dollars as a babysitter or nanny, you could vastly increase your potential income by marketing yourself well. Putting efforts into increasing your childcare services could make you a more attractive candidate to a potential family looking to hire you. There is more to providing childcare than simply knowing how to keep a child out of dangerous circumstances. You need to be prepared for anything that could happen.
1. Physical Care - Parents and organizations need to know that you can handle yourself should physical harm come to the child. Classes in CPR and first aid are always a feather in your cap when it comes to providing childcare. In some areas, you can receive CPR training and minor first aid for free as a service through your local government and/or family clinics. You don't need to be an EMT, but it doesn't hurt to know how to handle various injuries.
2. Psychological Profile - Knowing how to handle a child without flaring tempers is a must. If you are interested in prolonged babysitting, it could be in your best interest to enroll in childcare services that will help you understand children better. Social services and family care clinics usually hold these courses for free once per week. Upon completion, you will gain extensive knowledge about childcare and some of these services will even provide you with a certificate. This information is great to pad your resume with whether you are babysitting or looking for a career regarding children in any fashion.
3. Cooking - You don't have to turn yourself into Wolfgang Puck, but it could help solidify a job if you have knowledge of cooking. This is also dependent on whether or not you will be cooking for the child at any point in the day. Cooking classes are available at a variety of colleges and adding a course or two to your resume could help in a variety of fields. It can also benefit your home life as well as you cook your own meals. A knowledge of healthy edibles can go a long way with the parent or babysitting agency.
4. Driving - Depending on the conditions of your babysitting or nanny position, having a clean motor vehicle record is greatly beneficial. If you are looking to work extensively with children, taking defensive driving classes at your local DMV could help drive the point home for potential employers. Pun aside, defensive driving can benefit other goals and aspirations in your life as well.
5. Damage Control - Conducting a background check on yourself will allow you to see what the potential employers are going to see. This will help you develop a strategy of damage control. You should never lie when applying for any job, but you need to be prepared for anything that will shop up on this check.
It doesn't take a lot of money or time to increase your capabilities for childcare. In fact, many aspects of childcare can be enhanced for free. Even if you are simply going into babysitting as a way to make a few extra dollars, the skills you learn in order to improve that aspect of your life can follow you to other career paths or home situations. Learn what you can and improve your life while marketing yourself.
Author Bio
Nancy Parker is a regular contributor to www.enannysource.com and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com
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