BEGINNING your work week with some quiet moments and thoughtful conversations doesn't sound bad at all, does it? Loyola College's Center for Family, Work and Education is offering just that -- in its "Meditation Mondays," a series of self-renewal retreats for busy professionals.
On the first Monday of each month, the center will offer an opportunity to reflect upon and discuss topics such as managing difficult people, reducing anger and balancing work and family. Each session will last 45 minutes, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at the college's Columbia campus. Joseph Procaccini, Loyola professor, author and center director, will coordinate the series. For more information, phone 381-9700.
Conference for singles
Separated? Widowed? Divorced? Wondering where to go from here? You'll get lots of suggestions and steps in the right direction at the 17th annual Conference for the Separated, Divorced and Widowed on Oct. 12. Sponsored by the Office of Family Life of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the daylong conference offers 20 workshops on topics such as changing careers, setting financial goals, helping children adjust to divorce, communicating and starting healthy relationships. There's a for-men-only session on grieving. The keynote speaker is Ann Kaiser Stearns, a Towson psychologist and author who lectures extensively on coping with crisis and loss.
The conference continues from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Seton Keough High School on Caton Avenue. The fee, which includes lunch, is $20. Pre-registration is due by Friday. For more information, call 547-5422 or 433-8880, Ext. 23.
Let's hear it for an idea whose time has come:
North Carolina National Bank offers its employees two hours paid time each week to confer, visit, coach or tutor at school. NCNB also has a hot line parents can use for advice on school problems. A bank spokeswoman says employee turnover has plummeted since the company introduced such family-related benefits. "People have become more efficient time managers, and they're more productive because it removes so much anxiety," she said.
Help on the way
Parents, take heart. There are more and more places you can turn for help and support. Here are some of them:
* The Light Street Resource Library is offering a free program, "Communicating with Your Child," at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 8. Community health educator Bobbi Schapiro is the speaker. To register, phone the library at 752-4180.
* Dundalk Community College is beginning a six-week course, "Active Parenting," which will look at typical parent-child conflicts and effective solutions. It will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 12, or from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 14. For more information, phone David Agger at the college, 285-9897.
* Harford Hills Elementary School on Old Harford Road is offering a 10-week course for parents and their preschoolers. "Guiding Children's Growth" gives adults a chance to observe and interact with their youngsters, with an instructor. It also gives parents an opportunity to share concerns. For parents of children 2 1/2 to 3 years, the sessions are Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and, for parents of 4-year-olds, they are Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. For more information, phone the Office of Adult Education for Baltimore County Public Schools, 887-4064.
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