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February events to consider

There are two events in February that I am really looking forward to participating in.

Washington County Library launches a book discussion series on raising healthy teens. The series is designed for parents and adults with teens in their lives to discuss parenting issues with each other, along with discussing the parenting advice given in the discussion materials.

The series will start with the book "Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen" by Dr. David Walsh on Feb. 9, followed by "The Growing Season: A Parent's Guide to Positive Parenting of Teens" by Ronald Pitzer on March 8 and "How to Talk so Teens will Listen and Listen so Teens will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish on April 5.

The meetings at the R. H. Stafford Library will be facilitated by a local resident, an educator and a parent of two teens.

This program is sponsored by Washington County Library and "Shoulder to Shoulder," a project of the Minnesota Institute of Public Health.

Each participant will get a free copy of the book and discussion materials. Refreshments are provided, too. How is that for a treat on Saturday?

My kids are not quite teens yet. They are over 9 and 8 years old. But from what I have experienced so far, I know dealing with them can only get harder. I have also heard enough about the difficulties of raising teens that I want to get prepared in advance. And I enjoy Dr. David Walsh's presentation and books.

Just a couple of week ago, a friend and I were talking about teens and she recommended me to read this same book by Dr. Walsh. What a great opportunity for me to learn more about the teen issues and get my own book.

Two weeks after the book discussion at the Library, I will be heading to the Woodbury Lutheran Church on February 23 for a woman's seminar "Longing for simple living." The morning of tea and scones, devotion and breakout sessions for women of all ages are designed to fill the longing for a life of significances, not stress.

I have always been very interested in simplicity and simple living, mindful living, purposeful living, intentional living, alternative living, healthy living, green living, and frugal living. This seminar fits my taste and needs perfectly.

There is no fee for this event either.