Sunday, January 27, 2008

How to Create an Extra-Ordinary Relationship with Your Child

On Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 PM, Aric Bostick will speak to parents
at E.O. Smith High School on "How to Create an Extra-Ordinary
Relationship with Your Child." This presentation is open to parents of
children and teens of all ages. It will be a follow-up to two
presentations reaching all E.O. Smith students earlier in the day and at
a luncheon with student leaders.

Mr. Bostick, a former teacher and coach, offers a high energy message
about how Vision, Identity and Purpose provides students with the tools
necessary to live their dreams. This message has literally helped
thousands of people become motivated to achieve in school and in life.
He speaks at schools, universities and corporations all over the
country. Mr. Bostick was a recent keynote at Connecticut's Mothers
against Drunk Driving "Power Camp" where students Avital Lassow and
Melica Bloom met him and were inspired to start a student group at E.O.
Smith called "MADE" (Making Appropriate Decisions Everyday).

Mr. Bostick will speak to parents on the importance of becoming a V.ery
I.mportant P.art of your child's success and self-esteem. In this
presentation he will discuss:
* Making your child feel important
* Taking a genuine interest in one thing they love
* Celebrating the positive
* Resisting comparisons
* Letting them feel their feelings

This presentation is being sponsored by "MADE" and the
Willington/Ashford/Mansfield Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking.
Coalition Coordinator and local parenting educator, Ruth Freeman,
commented, "E.O. Smith students have chosen Mr. Bostick as their speaker
to kick off a student run initiative to inspire safe decisions among
teens in our towns. For that reason alone, parents will want to hear his
message. In addition, parents will learn important information about
connecting with children of all ages in ways that strengthen the
parent-child relationship and serve to prevent substance abuse."

All parents in the region are invited to attend what promises to be an
energizing and enlightening evening. For additional information, you
may contact Coalition Coordinator Ruth Freeman at the Mansfield
Department of Social Services at 429-3315.

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