Allen Creek Preschool Thoughtful Parenting Series

The Thoughtful Parenting Series is a unique series of free, public workshops and discussions hosted by Allen Creek Preschool throughout the year. They gather experts together with parents for wide-ranging conversations on topics relevant to parents and care-givers. Please join us at the school for our events this year.

April 20, 2016 at 7 pm

Love and Limit Setting: The Building Blocks of Self-Discipline and Self-Esteem

This presentation will focus on the developmental importance of limit setting and discipline for the child’s sense of security in the world and sense of self-confidence.  Parents are the first and most important teachers, passing on to their children the family’s and society’s values.  These include being able to manage the ordinary frustrations of the reality of everyday life, using feelings to communicate, being able to gradually assume control over oneself on the way to independence, developing a sense of conscience, negotiating relationships, among other values.  Ample time will be given for questions and discussion.

Dr. Michael Singer holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington, and a post-doctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Singer is a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute in adult, child and adolescent psychoanalysis. He is currently on the teaching faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute as Training Analyst and is Supervising Analyst in adult, child and adolescent psychoanalysis. He has served as co-director of the Institute’s Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Educational Program and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship Program. He is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor, teaching and supervising residents, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Singer has served as consultant to area child care agencies, including Pound House Children's Center, Allen Creek Preschool, and Child Care Network. Dr. Singer is in full time private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Ann Arbor with adults, children and adolescents. He also provides couples therapy and works with parents in parenting guidance.


December 2, 2015 at 7 PM

Thinking about Kindergarten for Your Child

As children get closer to school age, many parents start thinking about which of the many educational options make the most sense for their children and what their children are 'ready' for. Join Dr. Carole Symer and William Purves for a conversation about what makes up 'Readiness' and the different ways to view the concept, what kinds of questions to ask, what the area educational options are, what factors to consider, and thinking both long and short term.

Dr. Symer is a psychologist and child development specialist with many years of experience in this area and a former Family Consultant at Allen Creek Preschool. William Purves is Director of Allen Creek Preschool and a former administrator at a number of area schools. 

The Thoughtful Parenting and Family Consultant programs are integral parts of Allen Creek's mission, approach, and outreach. Coordinated by our Child Development Director, family consultants work with all members of the community. Follow this link for descriptions of previous Thoughtful Parenting Presentations.

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