Real Talk Webinars for Parents of Young Children

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Let’s be honest: parenting young children can sometimes be a challenge. That’s why we asked OSU early childhood experts to weigh in on the most common topics that families ask about in this Real Talk webinar series. Whether you are a father, mother, uncle, grandparent, or other parenting adult, join us for a 30-minute live session packed with information, top tips, and a chance to ask questions. No need to register, just add the webinar to your calendar or come back here to see the recording at a later time. 

Accommodations: If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in an event, please contact OhioSFEC@osu.edu. Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the University will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


Past Events

The Early Years are Great Years to Learn about Race, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion [Recording]

Do you wonder about how to approach the topic of race with your young child? Join us to discuss how to answer children’s questions, engage in conversations and build a strong framework for social justice and positive racial identity.  Presented by Eshelle Yarborough, lead teacher at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning.

Potty Training Basics and Troubleshooting [PDF slides from the event]

Learning how to use the toilet involves many new skills for children. Come talk with us about the process and how to support your child through this rite of passage. Presented by Claudia Ellerbrock, lead teacher at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning.

Making the Most of Story Times at Home with your Child [Recording]

Reading, storytelling, singing together, and talking together as a family are at the core of early childhood family engagement. In this session, we will share tips to make story time with your kids even more fun and beneficial for early language and literacy development. Presented by Oliva Diaz Melgarejo, Lead Teacher at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning.

Resources for Families from this session:

Early literacy skills to explore while reading books with your child (1 page handout)

Bryttani’s story about supporting reading at home (2 minute Video)

Navigating Sibling Rivalry and Conflict Resolution with Kids [Recording]

Families must often cope with and mediate conflicts between siblings of all ages. Learn why conflicts occur, how to provide support, and how to set siblings up for less conflict. Presented by Samantha Peterson, Vice Principal of the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning and educator for almost 20 years.

Resources for Families from this session:

Sibling Rivalry ABC Chart.pdf

FAST Tool.pdf

Parenting Resources.pdf

Loving with Limits – Effective guidance and discipline strategies [Recording and PDF Slides from Event]

Do you find yourself dreading mealtimes, bedtime, or morning routines with your young children? Hear tips and strategies that work with children of all ages to set consistent limits, avoid power struggles, and increase compliance. Presented by Vanessa Shrontz, master teacher from the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning with a decade of experience educating children.

Resources for families from this session:

How do Ohio’s schools support positive behavior? Learn about P.B.I.S.

helpful tips for families for loving with limits PDF
Helpful Tips for Loving with Limits Handout
Visual Behavior Expectations Chart

Kindergarten Readiness and Transition, May 26, 2021, 12:30-1:00 pm [ Recording and PDF Slides from Event ]

Starting kindergarten is a big and important transition for your child. In the recording below, learn about the enrollment process, what to expect, and ways to help your child get ready for this big change. Presented by Anneliese Johnson, principal of the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning and educator for more than 20 years.

Resources for families from this session:

Is your child ready for kindergarten?
Books about Kindergarten to Read to your Child
Paper on Kindergarten Transitions

Ready4K Texts for Families


More about the webinars: These events are a collaboration between the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center and the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning at The Ohio State University.