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Parenting with Positive Discipline Workshops

A workshop series for parents who want more cooperative, respectful and enjoyable relationships with their children.

  • Are you tired of whining, mealtime hurdles and bedtime hassles?
  • Are you feeling frustrated or just plain stumped?
  • Are you the parent you dreamed you would be?
  • Is it time to add some new tools to your parenting toolbox?

Positive Discipline offers strategies to teach children of all ages positive life skills while encouraging you to care for yourself

Workshop series runs Wednesdays, May 7th – June 18th, 7:00 – 9:00pm at Works Progress.

Download the flier here for more info or REGISTER HERE.

Pennie O’Grady is a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator and the mother of two young adults. She wants to help parents and children succeed. She knows that parents learn best from other parents, and is eager to workshop with you. Pennie remembers what it’s like to learn Positive Discipline because she took the course herself when her kids still expected her to supply them with answers and snacks. She remembers because she is still learning.

Contact: Pennie O’Grady at or 206-307-4227

10 Tips for Working Parents to Make the Most of Back-to-School

It’s finally back to school time. As a mom of two boys, ages almost 3 and not-quite 13, summer means going on more bike rides, swimming, weekend camping trips and as many day hikes as we can squeeze in. On the downside, it also means that the kids have no schedule, a lot of mid-day activities (read extra driving) and constant distractions. Summer can be very hard on working parents, especially if they are trying to work from home. Over the years, I’ve slowly come to the conclusion that not only do I like to have complete control of everything, but I also thrive on a schedule.

I have found that I am more productive at my job during the school year because I have more quiet time and know what to expect each day. Here are some tips for parents getting back into work after a long summer vacation:

  1. Make a Schedule for everyone 

    The kids get a schedule for being engaged in learning, Monday through Friday. Make a schedule for yourself that includes everything from soccer practice to when you need to sit down and be on task for your business.

  2. Your kids get all new school gear – so can you!  

    It’s time to clean and organize the office. Buy new note pads, pens, highlighters and folders. Update your computer software. Clean out your in-box. Get your workstation ready for a more productive day.

  3. Get back to your to-do list 

    The infamous to-do list is a good way to keep you on track – make one for each day & week, prioritize tasks and stick to your deadlines, even when they are self-generated.

  4. Your space is important 

    Hold “office hours” when you can’t be distracted. Back to school time helps create automatic hours when you have time to yourself, but if your house is still too distracting, consider someplace else – is there a coffee shop or coworking space in your neighborhood that meets your needs?

  5. Creative inspiration 

    During the summer there seems to be more opportunities to obsess about what I’ve done wrong as a parent, a business owner and as a spouse. Fall is a great time to pull all your thoughts together and set new aspirations for yourself and your career. You may find that other working parents are in the same boat. See if you can find others like you to help focus your goals and be an inspiration.

  6. Get back on a regular exercise routine 

    I need to work off all of the extra picnic calories and s’mores from the summer! Now that the kids are back on schedule, consider a time to run/walk daily or signing up for a yoga class and get back into a routine.

  7. Plan Family Dinners 

    Who even has time for dinner any more? I have never been organized enough to freeze all the weeks’ meals on Sunday, but I do plan at least three healthy family meals for the week and shop for the menu items over the weekend. That way, I’m ready to go when we do have time to sit down together.

  8. Network 

    With the kids back in school, you have more opportunities to network and meet other people. Working from home is not just isolating, if you’re like me, it reinforces introverted tendencies. Answer some emails by picking up the phone. Try to go on a lunch date at least once a week.  Sign up for the minimum membership at a coworking space to help you get out of the house and meet others.  

  9. Focus 

    Time to schedule another dentist appointment? Need to pick up chicken before dinner? Do you want to know who won on ‘American Idol’ last night? Turn off your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email and focus on the task at hand. Once you’ve established your work hours, don’t let other things distract you.  

  10. Do Less 

    No one can do everything. Decide on what’s most important to you and stick with what’s going to make those things work. That might mean saying “no” a lot more often. Make sure that there is still family time at home: have the kids take one less dance class, get everyone off the iPad for a few hours, and “sign-off” from your email at night – at least before bedtime.

Interested in learning more about coworking? Come in to Works Progress in Greenwood for a Free Coworking Tuesday between 8am and 6pm anytime this fall! Call 206-466-1624 for more info.