New program offers ways to tackle parenting’s toughest issues

Cincinnati Children’s Ages & Stages program is a monthly event series for parents, and some of the topics that will be featured later this year are the opioid epidemic and how it affects children, depression and anxiety, literacy, fitness and nutrition, and gaming and texting.

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“We hope parents will get great information, have their questions answered, and get a better perspective on these topics,” said Cincinnati Children’s Community Relations Senior Specialist Michelle Hopkins. “We want to empower parents with information so that they feel more confident and comfortable with decisions they make for their child.”

The first session of will be held Sept. 16 and focus on strategies to help students with learning disabilities succeed in school.

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Parents attending any of the free events will receive childcare for children ages 3-10 and a light breakfast while they listen to experts from Cincinnati Children’s and other local organizations discuss the day’s topic.

There are no restrictions on who can sign up, and the sessions are designed to apply to children of all ages.

This will be the program’s third year, according to Hopkins, and the hospital hopes to expand the program.

It was moved from Sabin Hall at Liberty Center to Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus to provide childcare for more families, and this is also the first time that every session has been planned out and released in advance.

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