FRC Newsletter Dec Jan Feb 2013

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					               4800 Golf Road, Suite 450, Eau Claire, WI 54701 | phone 715.833.1735 | fax 715.833.1215 | email

December, January, February                                                                Winter 2012-2013| Volume 13 Issue 4

FRC Staff                                   From the Executive Director
Brook Berg | Executive Director

Lisa Hood | Administrative Assistant

Melissa Lokken | Parent Educator

Lita Prorok | MATCh Specialist

Amanda Shilts | Parent Educator

Board of Directors                                                    —

President Brook Steele | Sacred
Heart Hospital
Vice President Jeff Sauter | GTP &
Associates                                                                                            -
Secretary Cindy Peterson | Weld,
Riley, Prenn & Ricci, S.C.
Treasurer Chrystal Mills | Eau Claire                  --
Area Chamber of Commerce
Dave Swan | Retired, UW-Stout
Susan Rusboldt | Retired, Wisconsin
Department of Children & Families
Dr. Emily Smith-Nguyen | Smith &
Prissel Chiropractic
Dr. Jennifer Eddy | Family Physician
Kathy Attermeier | Community
Member                                      Stop in and visit the FRC
Wendy Sue Johnson | Attorney                playroom, sponsored by
Herrick & Hart S.C.

            Center Hours | Tuesday & Wednesday 9 am—2 pm, Thursday & Friday 10 am—3 pm
               Drop In and Play Hours | Tuesday 9 am—2 pm, Wednesday 11:30 am—2 pm,
                                 Thursday 11:30 am—3 pm, and Friday 10 am—3 pm
  Center Closed | Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26
                       Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1
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           Introducing…                                             We Couldn’t Do it Without You!
                                                                    Thank you to our volunteers & donors!
              The Parenting Café
An online message board for parents to share and
                                                                    Carey Chrouser, Brittany Hattrem, Sara Henderickson,
 Twice a month an online message board will be moderated            Dave Langhus, Jenn Newman, Amy Sexton and FRC Board
 and facilitated by our parent educators--a great opportunity       Members
for you to ask questions and learn from others in the comfort
                     of your own home.                              Donors
Starting in January! Check out our website and            Fa-
           cebook for exact times and topics!                       Ursula Berger, Crystal Blaha, Jessica Burkhardt,
                                                                    Kathy Cooper, Jennifer Eddy, Edina Realty Foundation,
                                                                    Eau Claire Morning Rotary, EOG Resources, Emily Ernster,
                      ill be
               opic w                                               Melissa Halseth, HuHot, Karen Konz, Dave Langhus,
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          ific To                                                   Chrystal Mills, Jenn Newman, Sacred Heart Hospital,
     “Terr                                                          Dave & Londa Swan, Sarah Szymanski, Holly Volkman,
                     Chat with you then!                            and the Walmart Foundation

                        Save the Date…
                                                      Super Beans!
                                                   Bean Bag Toss Tournament

                                               January 26, 2013 4:00-8:00 pm
                                               to be held at Gold’s Gym, Eau Claire

                                                 The Parenting Class Online*
    The Parenting Class will cover various general parenting topics such as; anger management,
    communication, responsible children, discipline and routines. (Approximately *3 hours to complete.)

       Take this self-paced class online and receive a certificate upon completion.
                                         Cost is $10.
                                 For more information or to register call the
                                  Family Resource Center at 715-833-1735

    *Must have an email account to receive and submit assignments to instructor. Although class
    takes approximately 3 hours to complete, all assignments must be approved before new material is given. Class
    timeline works best in a 5-10 day period at minimum but can be self paced to fit individual’s needs.

                             “Family Focus”
Cassandra first became involved with the Family Resource Center for Eau Claire
when her son, Wyatt, was five months old and living in family foster care. Cassan-
dra worked hard over the next year, meeting twice a month with a Parent Educator
in the PAT Program to help build her parenting skills, learn about safety, nutrition,
routines, development focused activities, and to enhance her confidence in her par-
enting abilities. Through the support and guidance of her family, friends, and the
Family Resource Center, Wyatt, now eighteen months old, and Cassandra live on
their own with no child protection involvement. Cassandra feels that the Family Resource Center has helped
her to be a better parent and to gain an understanding of Wyatt’s development. She enjoys the outgoing staff
and feels they are easy to get along with. Cassandra believes that working with the Parent Educators has
helped her to be a more involved parent to her son, to feel more relaxed and comfortable about her parenting
skills, and to be less nervous about parenting. Cassandra’s newfound knowledge about her child’s develop-
ment has assisted in his ability to meet his developmental milestones and to ensure that Wyatt will continue to
be the happy, healthy boy he is.

                                           “Heading into the first annual Where in Eau Claire event, our team didn’t
                                         know what to expect, but it became evident early on that the fun team spirit
                                          and competitive nature of the hunt made for quite an exhilarating and wild
                                          ride (sometimes literally!). By the end, everyone on our team was eager to
                                           participate again – and to recruit other like-minded scavengers to join us!"

                                                                              Monika Waloway, Team Zumba Vida Neon

Upcoming FRC Events
Please call 715.833.1735 or visit our online registration page at Just click on “Sign Up for Classes!” and
complete the form. Registration is required and free child care will be provided if requested. {All classes will take place at
the Family Resource Center in the Oakwood Mall unless otherwise noted.}

Thursday, December 13                       Holiday Make and Take / Melissa Lokken, Parent Educator
6:00-7:00 pm                        Come to the Family Resource Center Holiday Make & Take. There will be many crafts
                                  that kids can make and take home to decorate the house. The class is most appropriate
FRC | $5 Per child
                                     for kids ages 2-10. There is a $5/per child material fee (maximum $10 per family)
Or $10 Per family                                  and you MUST pre-register to attend! Space is limited!

Thursday, January 10                           "SHE started it!" / Brook Berg, FRC Executive Director
6:00-7:00 pm                       Are you frustrated with the constant fighting, yelling, and tattling that goes on in your
                                  household? Join us for a great discussion on sibling rivalry-- when should we step in and
                                                             how can we make them get along?

Friday, January 11                New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy Families / Susan Krahn, MS,RD,CD
10:00-11:30 am                                           Eau Claire City-County Health Department
FRC                               Come to this class if you are looking to make a healthy change to your family’s everyday
                                    eating habits and routines! We will discuss habits that can help keep your family at
                                                 healthy weights and teach children to enjoy healthy foods.

Wednesday, January 16                           Positive Discipline / Amanda Shilts, Parent Educator
5:30-6:30 pm                                 Come and learn about the differences between discipline and punishment,
                                   some research information on spanking, how to administer natural and logical conse-
To be Determined
                                  quences, as well as limit setting. Participants will also get the chance to practice natural
                                   and logical consequences. Please bring examples of your current discipline techniques
                                                     and behaviors that you would like to see changed.

Thursday, January 24                 Expecting Miracles / Dr. Tim Gunderson, Health4Life Chiropractic, LLC
6:00-7:00 pm                       Expecting Miracles: A discussion about how chiropractic can not only get moms
FRC                                               through their pregnancy, but make it enjoyable
                                                       • 50% reduction in medication use during labor
                                                               • 84% reduction in back pain
                                                       • 24% reduction of labor time in 1st time moms
                                                               • Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby
                                                            • Chiropractic’s effects on the body

Thursday, January 31                                Say Cheeeese | Sara Hendrickson, Photographer
6:00-7:30 pm                       Have you upgraded to a DSLR camera so that you can get the perfect pictures of your
                                  family...but haven’t changed the setting off of “auto”? If so...this class will be perfect for
FRC | $15.00                       you! Join us to learn which settings to use, how to take a quality picture and basics for
                                  editing your photos! Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can practice as you learn!

Thursdays:                                                Zumba / Kelly Suckerman, FRC Parent
December 6, January 3, or          Every class feels like a party! Come and you'll see what I mean. You don't even have to
February 21                         know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead. It's easy! Come try it, I
                                                                guarantee you will have a blast!
7:40 pm
                                        or Facebook page Kelly's zumba
Eau Claire School of Dance
To sign up for classes or receive class updates, visit our website or our Facebook page or call 715.833.1735. {All classes will take place at the Family Resource Center in Oakwood
Mall unless otherwise noted.}

Thursday, February 7                                      Cupcake Fondant Family Fun / Season Dixon
6:00-7:00 pm                         Bring your kids and join us for the basics of fondant decorating. Participants are asked
                                       to bring 6 plain cupcakes to the class. Season Dixon, a local cake decorator will be
                                       showing us the basics of fondant. Take home 6 professionally decorated cupcakes
                                                       made by…your family! Must register, space is limited!

Wednesday, February 13                             The Parenting Class / Melissa Lokken, Parent Educator
1:00-3:00 pm                         The Parenting Class will cover various general parenting topics such as: anger manage-
FRC | $10.00                         ment, communication, raising responsible children, discipline and routines. This class is
                                                      also available online. Call 715-833-1735 for details.

Tuesday, February 19                              Positive Reinforcement / Lita Prorok, MATCh Specialist
3:00-4:00 pm                           Consequences become very typical in our households, but they do not always make
                                    things better. Learn what positive reinforcement is, the benefits it has over consequenc-
                                             es, and get ideas on how to implement this technique into your home.

       Young Athletes 2013
                                                                              Parent Help Line
       An innovative inclusive sports play program
       for all children ages 2 to 7 and their families!            Our parent help line is here for you! Call
      Activities will consist of foundational skills,             715-833-1735 or email with
      walking and running, balance & jumping,                                  your question(s).
       trapping & catching, throwing, striking,
                   kicking and more!                           No question is silly…if you’re wondering about it, so
                                                               is someone else! We are here to answer questions,
                                                                guide you in your role as a parent and to connect
                        Program begins:                               you with other community resources!
                       February 28, 2013
                                                                                   Let’s talk soon!
                        4:45 to 5:30 pm

   Participant forms available at the YMCA, the Fam-
   ily Resource Center or by
   calling 715-852-3075
   Advance registration

Additional FRC Programs

                                                                 Parents As Teachers
                                                          “I love FRC because I can make sure my babies are
                                                               on track and get ideas to do with them.”

                                                                “I love the home visiting girls; they are always
Match Moment:                                                       there to help when I am feeling down.”
The holiday season is a good time of                                    Parents As Teachers is designed to
year to focus on family traditions. Family tradi-                       provide guidance and support to
tions do not have to be complex, time-consuming,                        families of all configurations and life
or even expensive in order to have great impact.                        circumstances. We provide timely
                                                                        information on child development,
Family traditions can benefit all members of the
                                                                        intellectual growth, social development,
family, but they especially become important for                        motor skills, and help parents
our kids. These traditions teach our kids values and                    understand and have appropriate ex-
create a sense of belonging within the family. They       pectations for each stage of their child's develop-
give us the opportunity to spend quality time with        ment. We offer practical ideas on ways to encourage
                                                          learning and to gain new insights and share their ex-
our kids. Traditions allow for a positive experience
                                                          periences, common concerns and successes.
during a time of stress. Having traditions will cre-
ate a lifetime of memories for our kids, and hope-                     To give your child a
fully they will do so for many more generations to                  head start, register today!
come.                                                              (715) 833-1735 |

       Contact the MATCh program at 715-552-1365 or

                                         -            -
                                                                2013 Building Baby’s Brain Classes

                                                                     April 10 or November 13
                                                                             6:30 - 8:00 pm
                                                      -                         $10 Material Fee
                                                           •   Learn how positive interactions with your baby
                                              -                enhance development.

                                                           •   Learn Dr. Brain’s “eight things for
                                                               healthy development”
                                              -   -

              Winter Play n’ Learn Playgroups!
 A fun, interactive time for you and your child! Experience creative
learning activities, learn about your child’s development and con-
nect with other parents. Play n’ Learn sessions run for 6 weeks at a
time. Each session will have one Parent Pull Out Session where we
  will discuss developmental topics about children. Topics will be
          determined based on the interests of participants.
Registration: You can now register for Play n’ Learn groups online! The registration forms will be active starting at 10:00 am on the day
 of pre-registration, or you can call FRC to pre-register your child for Play n‘ Learn. Please indicate your first and second choices when
              pre-registering. You will be notified which group your child is in two weeks prior to the start date of the group.

  Play n’ Learn Playgroup Session 1                                    Play n’ Learn Playgroup Session 2

  January 2 – February 7                                               February 20 – April 4
  Registration begins December 11                                      Registration begins January 29

  Wednesdays 9-10:15 (18 mo-5yr)                                       Wednesdays 9-10:15 (18 mo-5yr)
  Wednesdays 10:15-11:30 (18 mo-5yr)                                   Wednesdays 10:15-11:30 (18 mo-5yr)
  Thursdays 9-10:15 (18 mo-5yr)                                        Thursdays 9-10:15 (18 mo-5yr)
  Thursdays 10:30-11:30 (6-24 mos.)                                    Thursdays 10:30-11:30 (6-24 mos.)

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                   Thank you to our generous sponsors!


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 4800 Golf Road, Suite 450
 Eau Claire, WI 54701

 Phone: 715-833-1735
 Fax: 715-833-1215

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                        Family Resource Center’s upcoming events

       The Parenting Café                                                       Drop & Shop

                             A special thank you to Sacred Heart Hospital for funding the
                                         printing of FRC’s quarterly newsletter.

                 The mission of the Family Resource Center for Eau Claire County is
              to provide programs and services that build on family strengths through
      prevention, education, support, and collaboration with other resources in the community.
      The Family Resource Center is available to all families and children in Eau Claire County.

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