eParenting Series Workshops

eParenting® is an innovative program initiative from UW-Madison Extension Family Living Programs. The goal of eParenting® is to empower parents in their use of digital media as a powerful and positive tool supporting their parenting role.

Columbia & Sauk County Extension Offices are offering an opportunity to take the three, 2 hour workshop series at both locations to learn more about how you can benefit from a better understanding of the role digital media can play in your children’s lives and by learning how to use new media to enhance your responsibilities as a parent.

Currently, most programs for parents about digital media focus on the potential negative effects of its use (e.g., cyber-bullying and online predators) and how parents can protect their children from such dangers. While these programs are valuable, they ignore the many positive aspects of digital media, including the ways that it can contribute to a child’s and family’s development, enhance the parent-child relationship and provide tools that can strengthen and extend child rearing skills.

Workshop Descriptions

“Little Ones”: Written for parents of 0-5 year olds or “little ones,” the eParenting® Little Ones curriculum highlights how digital media can be used to enhance parenting skills and support kids’ growth and development. After completing the curriculum, parents will be able to describe how the brains and self-regulation skills of little ones are developing, summarize the parenting styles that best support this development, and share how digital media can be a positive parenting tool to support young children’s development.

“High Tech Kids”: Parents of pre-teens or teens will learn and discuss technology and it’s affect on our young people. It is during this developmental time when youth begin to test their independence, examine their values, challenge their parents, and explore their identity and sexuality. During this workshop, we will look closer at these developmental tasks and help you see why they are so important to our young people’s healthy growth. Doing so will also help us understand why digital media like social networking, texting, and gaming is so important to them and how to guide them in a positive direction.

“Co-Parenting”: Developed for divorced or separated parents of infants to teenagers. The curriculum focuses on how digital media can be used to enhance parenting skills and build a secure connection between children and all their parents and caregivers. The curriculum also helps parents understand normal child growth and development in the context of divorce and separation.

Workshop Dates & Locations

January 8 (Columbia County) 9:00 am – 11:00 am – eParenting: Little Ones

January 23 (Sauk County ) 9:00 am – 11:00 am – eParenting: Little Ones

February 5 (Columbia County) 9:00 am – 11:00 a.m. – eParenting: High Tech Kids

February 20 (Sauk County) 9:00 am – 11:00 am – eParenting: High Tech Kids

March 11 (Columbia County) 9:00 am – 11:00 am – eParenting: Co-Parenting

April 24th (Sauk County) 9:00 am – 11:00 am – eParenting: Co-Parenting


Please REGISTER at https://forms.gle/tnjG9c337UuEk1Dk7

FEES: Workshops are free, but are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once we have reached capacity (15 people) the workshop(s) will be closed.

DATES & TIMES: Please make sure that you noted the date and time of the workshop you booked. You can also find the workshop dates and times on the Columbia & Sauk County Extension websites.

LOCATIONS: The workshop locations will be posted on the Columbia & Sauk County Extension websites; for Columbia https://columbia.extension.wisc.edu/) and for Sauk (https://sauk.extension.wisc.edu/).

EMERGENCY CANCELLATIONS: Please check your phone and/or email in the event of adverse weather conditions to determine if a cancellation has been issued. You are also welcome to contact the County Extension offices; Columbia (608) 742- 9680 and Sauk (608) 355-3250.

QUESTIONS or NEED HELP?? Feel free to contact the Human Development & Relationships Educator, Amanda Coorough, on (608) 963-1040.