Workshop to give parents tips on building kids' self-esteem

Neighbors

April 02, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ACCORDING TO Wendy Walker, training coordinator of the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center, it's never too early to begin to build a child's self-esteem. "Parents should really start while the child is in the womb," she says.

To assist parents, Walker will lead a workshop, "Winning Ways of Working With Young Children, Boosting Their Self-Esteem," at 10: 30 a.m. Thursday at the Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Washington maintains that children understand more than adults give them credit for and are able to pick up on little mannerisms that most adults would think go unnoticed.

Washington provided this example: "Suppose you've just come back from grocery shopping and are putting things away, and the child spills a package of sugar on the floor. You could grit your teeth and say, `That's OK, I'll take care of it.' Or you could say in a pleasant voice, `I know you were just trying to help; mommy will take care of it.'

"They can tell the difference. Even the way that you say `I love you' is important. It does make a difference."

This is true for babies as well, Washington adds. "A lot of times people will say, `Oh, he's just a baby and they don't understand. As long as I feed and change them, they'll be OK.' But they do understand. Research has shown this. Babies pick up on the nonverbal clues. They imitate everything that adults do. It is important to talk to them in a cheerful voice."

The resource center is a nonprofit agency affiliated with the Maryland Committee for Children, not an agency of the city government. It provides outreach to child care providers, teaches child development and aims to help children become successful adults.

At the workshop, Washington will lead parents and children through a series of activities and games that will promote awareness of self-esteem tools and help identify how to enhance a child's positive self-image. Parents and children ages 2 to 5 are invited. There is no fee, but registration is required.

The Brooklyn library is at 300 E. Patapsco Ave. For information or to register, call 410-396-1120.

Class of '75

The Brooklyn Park High School Class of 1975 has scheduled its 25th reunion for 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Class spokeswoman Colleen Vokroy-Badger said the class always has successful reunions. "We get more people coming each year. At our 20th reunion, we had 160 people attend," she said.

The reunion will feature a bull roast and shrimp feast and beer, with music by a DJ. Tickets are $35, with a reservation deadline of June 17.

For more information, call Badger at 410-789-5270 or Kathy Tucker-Feeley at 410-757-9694.

Fish fry

St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church will sponsor a Lenten fish fry from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday in the church hall.

Tickets for adults are $8 in advance and $9 at the door. Those for children ages 6 to 12 are $4, and children 5 and under will be admitted free. The menu will include fish and chips, assorted vegetables, coleslaw, baked beans, stewed tomatoes, pickled beets, beverage and dessert. Carryouts will be available.

St. Athanasius is at 4708 Prudence St. in Curtis Bay. Information: 410-360-2833, 410-789-3013 or 410-355-5740.

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