ALL MANSFIELD CHILDREN, ages birth to eight, are HEALTHY,

SUCCESSFUL LEARNERS,
and their families are CONNECTED to the community

upcoming events

Nov
21
Tue
Board Game Night @ Mansfield Library Express
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm

Board Game Night at the Library Express!

Enjoy board games in a fun and relaxed setting. Bring your own games or play one of ours. Teens ( accompanied by an adult) and adults welcome.

2 hours free parking available in the garage. For more information contact Sean at: KeglerSG@mansfieldct.org.

This event will at Library Express in the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, in Storrs Center.

Nov
30
Thu
Free Webinar: Talking to Teens: Communication for Connection and Safety
Nov 30 @ 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Mansfield families and professionals have access to this free service from Peace at Home Parenting through the end of December using our Mansfield Youth Services subscription code “FallMember2017”. Register for a live class or go back and watch one you might have missed.

Live Online Parenting Classes

Studies show that teens who feel they can talk with their parents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as promiscuity, substance use, violence, etc.

Talking isn’t lecturing and this live, online class will strengthen your listening as well as talking skills in ways that will help protect your teens and maybe even save your sanity.

This class is designed for parents of teenagers, ages 12 – 20.

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Dec
2
Sat
Free Webinar: Promoting Positive Connections between Infants, Toddlers, and Older Sibs
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mansfield families and professionals have access to this free service from Peace at Home Parenting through the end of December using our Mansfield Youth Services subscription code “FallMember2017”. Register for a live class or go back and watch one you might have missed.

Live Online Parenting Classes

During this live online parenting class, we will review creating routines that work and consider how rhythmic talking and songs are connected to babies’ inborn motivation to be socially connected. Learning our babies’ cues to start, continue, and stop interacting helps us to be in tune during feeding, playtime, and sleep routines.

After this class, you will be able to identify and apply easy, every day practices that:
• Develop and strengthen cooperative relationships with your infants and toddlers
• Help older siblings and babysitters to participate in your baby’s routines
• Prevent challenging behaviors of older siblings by practicing kindness in routines that make for a peaceful home

This live online parenting class is designed for parents of infants and toddlers.

PRESENTER: JoAnn Robinson, PhD

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories by Nappy’s Puppets @ Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

As part of its Fall Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present “Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories” by Nappy’s Puppets on December 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center.

You will delight in the wonder of Nappy’s Puppet’s holiday show, “Santa Got Fired and Other Silly Stories” as Jim “Nappy” Napolitano tells the tale of how Santa got his job, as well as other fun and silly shadow puppet stories. This show is designed to entertain, inspire and educate the audience on the range and scope of puppetry as an art form. This show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Acclaimed Connecticut puppeteer Jim Napolitano, an alumnus of UConn Puppet Arts Program, is well known for his television credits, including “Between the Lions” on PBS, “The Book of Pooh” on the Disney Channel, and the cartoon “Kirby” on Fox.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under)

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by calling 860-486-8580, or online at bimp.ticketleap.com. A surcharge will be added to any purchases made online. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ballard Institute on the day of performance starting at 10 a.m. There will be open seating and no reservations. Visitors can park in the Storrs Center Garage located at 33 Royce Circle. Parking in the Storrs Center Garage is free for the first two hours and $1 per hour thereafter, with a daily maximum charge of $8. For more information about these performances, visit bimp.uconn.edu or call 860-486-8580.

Dec
4
Mon
Free Webinar: Positive Discipline for Peace at Home
Dec 4 @ 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Mansfield families and professionals have access to this free service from Peace at Home Parenting through the end of December using our Mansfield Youth Services subscription code “FallMember2017”. Register for a live class or go back and watch one you might have missed.

Live Online Parenting Classes

Is your child spending too much time in “time out”?
Are you concerned that you are too strict or too easy?
Do you sometimes think there must be a better way?

Kids raised with positive discipline have more confidence and cooperate more consistently.

During this live, online class, you will discover myths that keep parents repeating the same behaviors that don’t work and often actually increase misbehavior. This class provides evidence based, straight forward strategies that effectively increase and sustain child compliance.

This class is designed for parents of children ages 2 – 12.

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Dec
5
Tue
Holiday Crafts for Kids @ Mansfield Public Library
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Come make a variety of crafts and decorations for the upcoming holiday season. Plenty of sparkle for all!

Free Webinar: How Do I Stay Calm When My Child is Stressed Out?
Dec 5 @ 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Mansfield families and professionals have access to this free service from Peace at Home Parenting through the end of December using our Mansfield Youth Services subscription code “FallMember2017”. Register for a live class or go back and watch one you might have missed.

Live Online Parenting Classes

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when faced with your child’s challenging behaviors?
Do you often find yourself struggling to stay calm?

You are not alone.

Human beings are built to reflect each other’s emotions. When our children display intense feelings and behaviors, our brains naturally reflect those. We start to feel stressed, angry, fearful, or overwhelmed just like our children. During this live, online class, you will learn practical strategies to help you be a calm center for your child’s chaotic world.

After this class, you will be able to:
– Recognize how strongly the way you handle stress affects your child’s behavior
– Apply specific brain calming strategies to stay calm and think clearly during challenging times
– Develop a practical self-care routine that supports consistency and calm in your daily life

Presenter: Aaron Weintraub, MS

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Dec
14
Thu
Free Webinar: Mindfulness and Parenting: What’s So Important About This Moment?
Dec 14 @ 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Mansfield families and professionals have access to this free service from Peace at Home Parenting through the end of December using our Mansfield Youth Services subscription code “FallMember2017”. Register for a live class or go back and watch one you might have missed.

Live Online Parenting Classes

“When we are not paying attention to the present moment we are literally absent from our own life.” -Michael Baime, MD

What is most delightful and sometimes maddening about children is that they are right here in this moment. They try to bring us into the present, but we often resist – cell phone in hand, shopping list in mind, eyes on the road to the future or worrying about the past. When we spend a lot of time on “auto-pilot,” life begins to feel empty and our relationship with our children can suffer.

This live, online class will focus on the meaning of mindfulness, why it is important and explore ways you can bring it into your life right this minute.

This class is designed for parents of children ages 2 – 12.

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Dec
18
Mon
Free Webinar: Raising Happy Children: Parenting for Optimism and Resilience
Dec 18 @ 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Mansfield families and professionals have access to this free service from Peace at Home Parenting through the end of December using our Mansfield Youth Services subscription code “FallMember2017”. Register for a live class or go back and watch one you might have missed.

Live Online Parenting Classes

While temperament is inborn, parents can actually help children increase optimism (positive outlook and hopefulness) and resilience (ability to effectively bounce back from challenges). These capacities are strongly connected to well-being and success. During this live, online class, you will examine your day-to-day interactions and consider approaches that will increase these important traits in yourself and your children.

This class is designed for parents of children ages 2 – 12.

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Dec
19
Tue
Board Game Night @ Mansfield Library Express
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm

Board Game Night at the Library Express!

Enjoy board games in a fun and relaxed setting. Bring your own games or play one of ours. Teens ( accompanied by an adult) and adults welcome.

2 hours free parking available in the garage. For more information contact Sean at: KeglerSG@mansfieldct.org.

This event will at Library Express in the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, in Storrs Center.

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All parents have lots of questions and lots of answers about a wide variety of issues. Below are some frequently asked question and answers generated by Mansfield parents.

As our name implies, Mansfield Advocates for Children (MAC) is strongly involved in advocating for common sense policies that stand to benefit children and their families.

MAC works to implement the Mansfield’s Plan for Young Children, which addresses coordinated strategies to ensure that all Mansfield children birth through eight years old are healthy, successful learners, and their families are connected to the community.

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Issues of Importance to MAC and Our Families

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MAC: A collaborative of parents, educators, and interested citizens