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Dear Hammond Parents,

Being a parent is the most rewarding role we will ever have, but it is also the most challenging. Journeys, our parent network at Hammond, provides opportunities for our families to learn from experts and from each other. In the past, we have brought professional speakers on campus, provided recommended reading lists, hosted a book club, and publicized community events. Each year, Peggy Angel and I try to listen to your requests and plan accordingly.

Many of you have enjoyed the consistent schedule of Journey to Fitness, as you encourage each other to strive for greater physical health. This year, we have planned regular meetings to provide an opportunity to share parenting information and resources. I will facilitate these group discussions, not make formal presentations. As many of you already know, I am as quick to share a story about a mistake I have made as I am to refer to research from the experts. My fifteen years of clinical practice and as a parent have taught me more than any class I took in graduate school. I hope you will come ready to share your insight, experiences, favorite books, questions, and stories.

Peggy Angel has graciously offered to host our first meeting in her home (9 School Yard Court). For our subsequent meetings, we will gather in the Barks Hall Conference Room on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month immediately following Journey to Fitness. Please come as you are and enjoy the company. Bring your favorite coffee and gather at 9:00am. We will start our discussions at 9:15am. Some topics may seem more relevant for parents of children of different ages. Feel free to come every time, or only for the topics which interest you.

 October 10: Locker Fever: Surviving the middle school years (at the home of Peggy and Chris Angel)

October 24: How to stop arguing and negotiating with your child

November 14: Family Time: Finding a healthy routine

December 12: Managing Stress: Healthy habits for parents and students

January 9: Hormones and High Drama: What happened to my child?

January 23: Talking to your children about relationships and sex

February 13: Tackling the tough issues: Death, divorce, and real life events

February 27: Social networking and its impact on real relationships

March 13: When to wait and when to worry: How to tell what is normal and what is not

April 10: Growing independent, responsible children: What are they doing when we are not watching?


We look forward to seeing you!



Ashley Noojin


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