Local and national parenting experts will speak on infant development, marriage, storytelling and child behavior this winter and spring...

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Local and national parenting experts will speak on infant development, marriage, storytelling and child behavior this winter and spring. Here is a roundup of upcoming lectures.

Villa Academy

All events are free and will be held at Villa Academy, 5001 N.E. 50th St., Seattle, 206-841-1578.

Elizabeth Winstead and Sarah Cavanaugh, “Helping our Kids Lead Healthy Lives,” 8:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 11.

Sherry Catron Wong, “Brain Science and Early Development: Separating Fact from Fiction,” 8:30-10 a.m. Feb. 7.

Jan Faull, “Unplugging Power Struggles,” 8:30-10 a.m. March 14.

Julie Metzger, “Great Conversations Between Parents and Kids,” 7-8:30 p.m. April 3.

Tools for Parents

Dr. Mel Levine, “A Guide to Your Child’s Learning Abilities,” 7-9 p.m. Jan. 23, Stadium High School, 111 North E St., Tacoma. Free but registration recommended. 800-342-9919. He will also lead a workshop for teachers, administrators and parents from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Seattle Center, $125. 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

Jewish Family Service

Sheri Hill, “Babies, Brains and Relationships!” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 13, Stroum Jewish Community Center — Seattle, 8606 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle. $10 advance, $15 at the door.

Dr. Jack Raskin, “Positive Discipline: Understanding Our Children,” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 28, Jewish Family Service, 1601 16th Ave., Seattle, $10/$15.

For information or to RSVP: 206-461-3240, ext. 3146.

King County

Library System

Margaret Read MacDonald, “Fun and Learning Through Storytelling,” 6-9 p.m. Jan. 30, Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Ave. N.W., Shoreline, 206-546-3522 or www.kcls.org. Registration required; online registration begins Jan. 16.


John Gottman, “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work,” 7-9 p.m. Feb. 28, Town Hall, $25 advance/$28 at the door.

Pamela Jordan, “Hello Baby! … Does Not Mean Goodbye Intimacy,” 7-9 p.m. March 6, Lincoln Square Cinemas, 700 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue. $18 advance/$20 at the door.

Sal Severe, “How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too,” 7-9 p.m. March 13, Annie Wright School, 827 Tacoma Ave. N., Tacoma, $18/$20.

Andrew Meltzoff and Patricia Kuhl, “Babies and the Brain: Truth, Myths and Politics,” 7-9 p.m. April 17, Seattle Children’s Theater, 201 Thomas St., Seattle, $18/$20.

Suniya Luthar, “Overdrive: How Too Much Ambition Can Harm Kids,” 7-9 p.m. April 24, Lincoln Square Cinemas, $18/$20.

Julie Metzger and Dr. Rob Lehman, “How Big Is a Hormone? Tackling the Tough Questions Kids Ask,” 7-9 p.m. May 9, Seattle Children’s Theater, $18/$20.

Hal Urban, “Coaching Kindness: The Impact of Language on Your Child’s Character,” 7-9 p.m. May 22, Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle, $18/$20.

For information or tickets: www.parentmap.com or 800-838-3006.

Stephanie Dunnewind, Seattle Times staff reporter