Parenting Seminars

Growing Together: A Seminar Series Presented by Nemours

At Nemours, we’ve made a promise to care for all children as if they were our own. This includes not just clinical care, but any guidance we can provide in growing great kids.

Nemours pediatric experts share their knowledge at parent seminars featuring presentations filled with great information, parenting tips and proven techniques. Then they will take time to answer your questions based on that evening’s selected topic.

Finding Balance in an Over-Scheduled World

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
6:30–8 p.m.

Ursuline Academy
1106 Pennsylvania Ave.
Wilmington, DE 19806

Join us for an informative evening led by a Nemours pediatric expert. Learn how to find balance between scheduling too many activities and helping your child succeed in the academic setting — and in life.

Specific discussion points include:

  • Know when to encourage, and when to give kids freedom to choose.
  • The academic benefits of scheduling downtime.
  • Are you being a helicopter parent?
  • Why a sleep schedule may help kids “get it all done.”
  • How to identify the effects of over-scheduled kids.

Expert Panelist:

Meghan Lines, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Registration

To register, contact Rachel Scarpitti at (302) 658-7158, ext. 253.


For more information about our upcoming parenting seminars, please email seminars@nemours.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Can I bring my child? Will there be babysitting available?

In order for you and the other participants to be able to listen and absorb all the great information, we have made these seminars for adults only; however, there are times when child care is provided. Please check details for each individual seminar to see if there is child care available.

 
I know it says free, but will there be any fees for parking or materials?

When our parent seminars are held on the grounds of Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, they are free. When they are held at the Delaware Children’s Museum, they are included with museum admission. Parking is plentiful and free at both locations.

 
If it is free, why do I have to give you my name and email information? Will someone call me?

No, we only ask for this information to ensure there is a seat available with our limited space. We ask for email contact information so that we may confirm your registration and inform you if there is a need to cancel.

 
Will there be any credits given for attending this seminar?

You will not receive Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) for participating in the seminar. This does not fulfill any court-mandated parenting classes.

 
How do I cancel my registration, once I've registered?

The easiest and most direct way to contact us is via email at seminars@nemours.org. In the subject line, please put the
seminar you are referencing (for example, discipline seminar
on 
October 6) and then in the body of the email provide your name
and that you are canceling.

 
I've already registered, but now I'd like to add my sister's name to my group. How do I do that?

Please send an email to seminars@nemours.org. In the subject line, include the seminar you are referencing (for example, discipline seminar on October 6) and then in the body of the email provide your name as well as what changes you are requesting.

 
Why can't I call someone?

As we continue these seminars, we hope to have a direct number for inquiries. In the meantime, if you need to speak with someone, please send us an email at seminars@nemours.org with your name and phone number and we will be sure and give you a call.

 
How do I get to the hospital. Where do I park?

Get driving directions to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Parking is also free.

 
What if the weather is bad?

We will do the best we can to update this page with any postponements or cancellations. We will also send an email to all registrants alerting them of any seminar changes.

Previous Seminars

Learn more about previous seminars, view presentation videos and download seminar handouts.

 
Parenting the Plugged-In Child: Screen Time Limits & Privileges

Facebook, smart phones, Twitter, texting, TV, gaming … Screens continue to dominate our lives — and make our private lives more public. Learn creative and approachable ways to talk to your kids about their time spent with screens and social media.

Specific discussion points included:

  • creating boundaries for online use
  • why kids should limit screen-time in a plugged-in world
  • how to have open communication with your kids about what they’re doing online
  • how to negotiate screen-time privileges and limits
  • know the warning signs that your child’s online use may be harmful

Expert Panelist:

Laura Dewey, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 
Nobody's Perfect: Helping Kids Be Okay with Good Enough

Parents joined us for an informative evening, led by a Nemours pediatric expert, to learn different ways you can help your kids embrace their flaws, bounce back from setbacks and build their self-confidence during these challenging school-age years.

Specific discussion points included:

  • why the goal isn’t perfection
  • helping kids manage life
  • connection vs competition
  • helping kids deal with stress
  • how to help build self-compassion and confidence

Expert Panelist

Vanessa Ann Vigilante, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 
Nemours Night at the Academy - Achieving Academic Success

Parents joined St. Aloysius Academy faculty and CBS3 Traffic Reporter Bob Kelly, as a pediatric expert from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children helped to understand what kids are dealing with during these important school-age years.

Specific discussion points included:
  • different types of learning styles
  • what can help children to focus
  • how to partner with your child’s school and support your child’s academic success at home
  • helping kids deal with stress
  • studying tips
  • how to deal with behavior issues around academics/studying
  • helicopter parenting — put it in neutral

Expert Panelist

Meghan Walls, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours duPont Pediatrics

 
Parenting the Plugged-In Child: Keeping Your Child Safe Online

Facebook, Twitter, blogging, texting, gaming...the Internet continues to make our private lives more public. Learn creative and approachable ways to talk to your kids about their time spent with digital media, and how to keep them safe online.

Expert Panelist

Laura Dewey, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 
Nemours Night at the Academy - Raising a Confident Kid

Self-esteem, shyness, peer pressure…join us for “Nemours Night at the Academy,” an evening led by experts panelists on the topic of raising a confident kid. Get a handle on what your kids are dealing with as they enter and encounter the teenage years.

Specific discussion points include:

  • getting a kid’s-eye view of pressures, dilemmas and worries
  • talking about body issues and puberty
  • helping kids find a personal path because competence = confidence
  • helping kids deal with stress
  • building self-esteem and confidence

Expert Panelists

Vanessa Ann Vigilante, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Debra Moffitt

Author of The Pink Locker Society, a tween girl book series about growing up. Kids’ Editor, KidsHealth.org

 
Raising a Friendly Kid

Do you worry your young child is too shy, too talkative, too passive, too aggressive, rude, bossy...the list goes on and on! Learn from a Nemours pediatric expert some practical tools and tips that can help you navigate your child’s ever-changing social development. We’ll also cover the “red flags” to look out for that may be signs of emotional difficulties.

Expert Panelist

Laura Dewey, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 
Parenting the Plugged-In Child: Media Use

Facebook, Twitter, blogging, texting, gaming…join us for an evening on the topic of your child and digital media. Get some great tips on talking to kids of all ages about social media, and how to encourage limits on screen time social media use. We’ll also cover the many challenges that parents face when trying to deal with children’s media use at home.

Expert Panelist

Kari Baber, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

 
Rainy Day Play

Just because the weather may sometimes prevent kids from playing outside, that doesn’t mean they can’t exercise their brains and bodies indoors. Get some great tips on creative play as well as moving that creativity into the kitchen with some fun ideas and recipes for making healthy meals and snacks as a family.

Expert Panelists

Kate Dupont Phillips, MPH, CHES, PAPHS

Senior Program Analyst
Nemours Health & Prevention Services

Mary Trotter, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian
Nemours Health & Prevention Services


Handouts


Videos

Compliments of WDDE
 
Raising a Confident Kid

Self-esteem, shyness, peer pressure...parents joined us on May 16, 2012 for an evening led by expert panelists on the topic of raising confident kids as they enter and encounter the teenage years.

Specific discussion points included:
  • how to assure kids what they are feeling is normal
  • dealing with peer pressure and cliques
  • helping girls and boys develop a positive body image
  • how to have open communication about puberty and
    budding relationships
  • how to help build self-esteem and confidence

Expert Panelists

Vanessa Ann Vigilante, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Debra Moffitt

Author of The Pink Locker Society, a tween girl book series about growing up Kids’ Editor, KidsHealth.org

 
Plugging In to Your Child's Digital World

Facebook, Twitter, blogging, texting, gaming … Expert panelists discussed how to talk to your kids about their time spent with digital media, and how to keep them safe online.

Specific discussion points included why/how to:
  • create boundaries for online use
  • limit technology in a plugged-in world
  • communicate openly with your kids about what they're
    doing online
  • know the warning signs of potentially harmful online use

Expert Panelists

Kari Baber, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist
Nemours Alfred/I. duPont Hospital for Children

Rendell Bradley, MS

Program Analyst, Adolescent Team
Nemours Health and Prevention Services

 
Teens & Tweens
Specific discussion points included:
  • tackling the “tough” topics
  • the fine line between privacy and “snooping”
  • transitioning to an adolescent doctor
  • how to “pick your battles”
  • knowing the warning signs of risky behavior

Expert Panelists

Krishna White, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine, Division in General Pediatrics

Vanessa Ann Vigilante, PhD

Clinical Pediatric Psychologist

David Sheslow, PhD

Senior Psychologist

 
Bullying
Specific discussion points included:
  • different forms of bullying
  • outcomes associated with bullying and peer victimization
  • signs children may be a victim of bullying or is a bully
  • prevention programs and clinical interventions for bullying
  • practical strategies for parents and community resources

Expert Panelists

Michael Morrow, PhD

Pediatric Psychology Fellow
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Kittie Rehrig

Supervisor of Student Services
Appoquinimink School District

 
Discipline & Time Out
Specific discussion points included:
  • how to discuss discipline with your pediatrician
  • discipline at different developmental levels
  • time out
  • use of rewards
  • sensible consequences
  • planned ignoring

Expert Panelists

Roger Harrison, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Lawrence Pradell, MD

Pediatrician


Reference Materials

 
Your Child & Learning
Specific discussion points included:
  • developmental milestones
  • warning signs of learning delays
  • how learning disabilities are diagnosed and treated
  • getting your young child excited about school

Expert Panelists

Steven Bachrach, MD

Developmental Pediatrics
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Roger Harrison, PhD

Clinical Psychology
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children