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Parenting Classes & Presentations

The classes at Parents Place are small with no more than 12 parents to allow for discussion. The talks at other locations are larger with less personal interaction.

Parents Place in San Mateo, Palo Alto,  and San Francisco offer a variety of classes about children of all ages. Visit their website to learn more.


Winning Kids Over without Threats or Rewards (Elementary School)

Thursday, March 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Parents Place Palo Alto, $45

Win your children’s cooperation and discover how to perfect the art of setting and enforcing rules and expectations without the need for punishments or rewards. These strategies will guide your children toward becoming more self-reliant, self-confident, and self-regulating.



Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (Preschool/Elementary School)

3 Sessions –  Wednesdays: March 14, 21, & 28, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parents Place San Mateo, $130 – $180

This is a 3-part workshop series based on Jane Nelsen’s Positive Discipline books. You will enjoy interactive activities, discover how better to understand your child’s behavior; discipline with connection, love, and respect; and find common-sense solutions to everyday challenges.



Mothers and Daughters: Connecting and Letting Go (Elementary/Middle School)

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parents Place San Mateo, $45

Learn why the treasured relationship of mothers and daughters is also the most challenging. Explore how to keep the doors of communication open so your daughter allows you to support and influence her as she makes important life choices.


Getting to the Root of Your Child’s Motivation (Elementary/Middle School)

Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Parents Place San Mateo, $45

Come to this workshop to discover how your own experience as a child affects your parenting, how elementary and middle schoolers think, and strategies for getting more cooperation on a daily basis.



Finding the Middle Ground with Your Teenager – How to Have Effective Collaborative Discussions

Thursday, May 3, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Vibe Teen Center, Free
670 Shell Blvd,
Foster City, CA

Wouldn’t you love to approach your teen so that both of you feel heard and can find a solution together? When you learn the Collaborative Problem-Solving Process, you’ll understand how to connect so your teen will both listen to you and share their own ideas. The skills you learn in this workshop can be applied to all relationships with family, friends, and at work.

REGISTER by contacting Dusty Landwehr at

I presented this topic at Mercy High School in Burlingame recently and Shannon LeCompte, the Dean of Students, had this to say:

“Cynthia presented a workshop to parents and community members at our high school on best practices in communicating with teens. She was interactive, shared real life scenarios and offered very practical advice. Participants reflected on their personal communication styles, chose a roadblock that they would like to tackle, and left with concrete action steps to implement. The parent feedback that the school received was extremely positive. I highly recommend Cynthia! ”

Building Self-Esteem and Personal Power – Online Class

Thursday, May 17, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PST
Online, $25

Discover the 4 main qualities to develop in your children for high self-esteem. Then, learn ways you are strengthening their self-perception and ways you may be weakening their self-perception.