Fall Parent Series Kicks Off October 11

Fall Parent Series Kicks Off October 11

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The Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance and High Focus Centers are partnering to bring a Fall Parent Series of programs over four consecutive Thursdays, designed to provide education about current topics affecting children, adolescents, and families.

The first program, “Understanding Your Child’s Gaming Habits: Video Game Addiction”, will be held on October 11 at Hopewell Valley Central High School’s Media Center from 7-8:30pm.

“If your child is playing video games instead of doing schoolwork and you are dealing with lengthy arguments about your child’s video game habits, then this first program is for you,” said Heidi Kahme of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

High Focus Centers in Lawrenceville, creators of the series, are finding more than ever before, parents and family members concerned about video game habits and the repercussions they face when they turn off the game. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify warning signs of unhealthy gaming, gaming “language,” and how to set healthy limits in regards to gaming with their children.

Additional programs in the series include: “Getting the Kids on the Bus: School Anxiety and Refusal” on October 18; “Keeping Healthy Kids Healthy: Preventing Addiction in the Family” on October 25; and “Simplify Your Stress: Tips and Tools for Caring for Yourself and Family” on November 1.

Presented by licensed clinicians in their field, parents can expect to come away with valuable information and tools they can apply to everyday life. All programs will be held at Hopewell Valley Central High School’s Media Center from 7-8:30pm.

The series is open to parents and caregivers of children elementary through high school age and is free to attend (space is limited). Register by emailing your name, your child’s age and program selection to hvmunicipalalliance@gmail.com. Questions contact lcox@highfocuscenters.comor 201-410-2991.

The Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, established in 1996, is a volunteer organization with representatives from various community organizations who support and administers over 20 programs and activities in Hopewell Valley which promote positive youth development and build community. High Focus Centers located in Lawrenceville provides outpatient mental health services for adults and teens as well as outpatient addiction rehab services for adults.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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