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Fall 2019 Parent Education Events/Programs

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Balanced Parenting Playgroups

Balanced Parenting Playgroup

for UW-Madison Students, Staff and Faculty families

Meet with other parents to share the joys and challenges of being new parents while balancing school, work and relationships. You will find light-hearted support, empathy, and compassion from others who have been just where you are. There will also be opportunities to learn more about child development, gentle/positive discipline, and managing relationships with partners, family and friends. 

The group will be facilitated by Dr. Laura Froyen, who had her first child while obtaining her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, and her second as a brand new professor. She now specializes in helping families find more balance, connection, and joy.

Mondays 10am-11am Eagle Heights Community Center Stage area of large gym

Fall 2019 Playgroups are happening every Monday! No registration necessary!

Parent One-on-One Consultations with Laura Froyen

Parent One-on-One Consultations with Dr. Laura Froyen


For UW-Madison Students, Staff, and Faculty families

Find parenting strategies and solutions that work best for your family!

Families choose a 30-minute time slot between 9am and 12pm.

September 24 (Rm 4210 – 333 E Campus Mall)
September 26 (Rm 133 Eagle Heights CC)
October 3 (Rm 133 Eagle Heights CC)
October 9 (Rm 4210 – 333 E Campus Mall)
October 22 (Rm 133 Eagle Heights CC)
November 5 (Rm 133 Eagle Heights CC)
November 14 (Rm 133 Eagle Heights CC)
November 20 (Rm 4210 – 333 E Campus Mall)
December 3 (Rm 133 Eagle Heights CC)
December 12 (Rm 133 Eagle Heights CC)

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Struggling with discipline? Wondering if your child’s behavior is typical for their age? Needing tips for handling big emotions? Looking for ways to be more balanced and calm as a parent? Wishing you could ask as expert a quick parenting question in-person without the hassle of finding a therapist or consultant? Sign up for a time slot at our next “One-on-One Parent Consult” where Dr. Laura Froyen provides evidenced-based parenting strategies in an easy, convenient setting.

OR, if you cannot make our scheduled times, you can email Laura at with your UW-Employee ID number or Student ID number and set up a time to meet with Laura!

Dr. Laura Froyen has her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy. Laura was previously an Assistant Professor at UW-Madison and served as an early childhood and parenting expert for UW Extension. Laura is currently a parenting educator/coach and provides private consultations, locally and online, in additional to parenting classes and groups. You can learn a bit more about Laura’s approach on her website Laura takes a research-based approach to parenting and encourages families to piece together parenting strategies that work for them. Her work with parents also focuses on the role of balance as a key aspect of a well functioning family.


Lactation Consultations for UW-Madison Families

Lactation Consultations

for UW-Madison Students, Staff, and Faculty families

The UW-Madison Office of Child Care and Family Resources can connect you with a Lactation Consultant to provide breastfeeding education and assistance to you and your family on topics such as:

  • Positioning and latch
  • Making sure your baby is getting enough milk
  • Breastfeeding twins or more
  • Using a breast pump
  • Breast milk storage guidelines
  • Returning to work or school
  • Providing breast milk for your premature baby
  • Helping with breastfeeding questions or problems

Rebecca Suda is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and registered nurse who has specialized in maternal-child health.  She has worked with breastfeeding families for more than 20 years and has been an IBCLC since 2010.  She works as an RN and LC for UW Hospital and Clinics in addition to private practice. She and her husband Shawn live in Madison with their three children and two dogs. 

To set up an initial consultation with Rebecca, please email her at Please include your UW Student or Employee ID number. Current UW-Madison affiliation will need to be verified before you are approved for the services. **Each family will receive up to 3 free consultations with Rebecca.  

Respectful Parenting 101- NEW ONLINE CLASS!

Respectful Parenting 101 


For UW-Madison Students, Staff, and Faculty Families

Online -Self Paced Modules


Access to FOUR MODULES that will give you an understanding of what research reveals about the benefits of positive, respectful parenting for raising calm, confident, connected, and compassionate kids.

$24 – UW-Madison Students
$47 – UW-Madison Staff and Faculty

for more information and to start your course now!

Respectful Parenting 101 - Lunch & Learn Sessions

Respectful Parenting 101 – Lunch & Learn Sessions

For UW-Madison Students, Staff, and Faculty Families – FREE!!!

Join other UW Parents for a series of 4 lunch and learn sessions. Dr. Laura Froyen will present the 4 Modules LIVE and IN PERSON while you enjoy your lunch!

October 15: Module 1:
Why Respectful Parenting

November 12: Module 2:
What is Respectful Parenting

November 21: Module 3:
Which Limits to Set

December 10: Module 4:
How to Set Limits with Empathy and Respect

Fresh Madison Market: Event Room
703 University Ave
Lunch provided!

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