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Summer 2019 Parent Education Events/Programs

  • 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.

    Eagle Heights Community Center
    Stage area of large gym

    Summer 2019 Playgroups are happening every Monday!

    No registration necessary!

  • Parent One-on-One Consultations with Laura Froyen

    Parent One-on-One Consultations with Laura Froyen

    For UW-Madison students/staff/faculty

    Each family can sign up for one 30-minute session


    SUMMER 2019 dates coming soon!
    Find parenting strategies and solutions that work best for your family!

    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.