Parenting skills highlighted

Published 9:26 pm Monday, October 21, 2013

King’s Fork Middle School will host a free Nov. 16 event for parents and caregivers of school-age children.

The fall session of Suffolk Parent University, sponsored by Suffolk Public Schools and Suffolk’s Early Childhood Development Commission, will include an opening session and various workshops covering a range of topics.

Workshops topics include: Top 10 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew; Keep Your Kids Safe Online; Secrets to Raising Strong Readers; Stop Arguing with Your Kids: Positive Discipline; Bullying: Be Part of the Cure; Kindergarten Readiness: Planning for Success; Getting Your Pocketbook and Your Child Ready for College; Parenting the Strong-Willed Child; Unlocking the Mystery of Adolescence: The Mischievous, Moody and Marvelous; Making Fitness a Family Affair; Attack of the Healthy Snack; Reading in the Kitchen: Recipes, Shopping and Cooking; Ages and Stages: What to Expect as Your Child Grows; What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?; Advocating for Your Special Needs Child; Teaching Your Kids to Save Money; Discovering At-Home Fun in Math and Science; Discovering At-Home Fun in History and English; and One fish, Two fish: Hooking Your Child on Reading by Making Read-Alouds Come Alive.

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Participants can select four sessions to attend, and also visit resource tables from community organizations supporting local families and children.

The opening session, featuring Dr. Adolph Brown III, is “The POW! Of Positive Practical Parenting.”

According to a news release, Brown, also known as Doc Attitude, overcame an upbringing of poverty, violence, welfare dependency and a single-mother household to become a first-generation high school and college graduate, media personality, author and award-winning educator.

Brown is a trained anthropologist and psychologist, columnist, businesses consultant and coach, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker. He is also a husband and father of seven, according to the release.

After growing up in Hampton Roads, he earned multiple degrees from the College of William and Mary. He’s currently on a writing sabbatical from Hampton University, where he is a tenured professor, academic dean of the graduate college and chair of the psychology/education department.

Register for the fall session of Suffolk Parent University by calling 934-6202, visiting online at, or picking up a registration form at any city school.

The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by the opening speaker at 9 a.m.