Parenting with Vision

Parenting can be tough. So why not gather all of the resources possible?

Parents/guardians, grandparents, caregivers and teachers of children in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend. All programs are free; registration is required only for the "Parents as Partners" workshops.


Deb Slomkowski

Programming is developed and presented by the District Liaison Committee, Partners for Healthy Kids and Wayzata Public Schools staff.

2019-2020 Parenting with Vision Series

October 10 - Top 20 Parenting with Tom Cody, Top 20 Training

Do you struggle with helping your child persevere through challenges?

Does your child complain about boredom or procrastination?

Do you wish you had language and strategies when you come into conflict with your child?

Come learn about Top 20. Students in Wayzata Public Schools are using Top 20 strategies to become more engaged in school. You will learn useful phrases and strategies to help your child navigate the teenage years. Learn to see things
differently and respond more effectively in all relationships. This could be a game changer for your family!

Thursday, October 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wayzata High School Auditorium (4995 Peony Lane North, Plymouth)

October 29 - Stress and Anxiety with Tricia Sedlacek

The level of anxiety and stress in American youth today continues to rise and can contribute to problems in educational performance, social outcomes and overall functioning within our families. As parents, it can be hard to know how to respond to our child’s level of worry in a helpful way. We may not know exactly what to look for, how to help them cope, or when to get professional help. Come learn evidence based approaches for addressing anxiety and stress while strengthening the essential parent-child relationship.

Tuesday, October 29, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wayzata High School Auditorium 2 (4955 Peony Lane North, Plymouth)

November 21 - Help! Technology is Taking Control

Help! Technology is Taking Control: Strategies for Leading Young People in Healthy Relationships with Technology

Raising children in this age of technology can be so confusing, and let’s face it – scary! How do we know how much screen time is too much, what kids are exposed to on the internet, and how to set healthy boundaries? One of the top experts in the Twin Cities regarding technology and video gaming, Mathew Meyers, LMFT, from Traverse Counseling & Consulting, will provide information for parents of teens in this one-hour workshop session.

  • Date: Thursday, November 21
  • Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Place: Wayzata High School Auditorium
  • Presenter: Mathew Meyers, LMFT, from Traverse Counseling & Consulting

January 13 - Bully Proofing Your Kids with Tricia Sedlacek

Bully Proofing Your Kids

Bullying is experienced in a variety of forms and can be distressing for both kids and parents. Navigating dynamics of bullying can be complicated and has become even more difficult with the prevalence of cell phones and social media. Parents may feel overwhelmed, defenseless and caught off guard when issues of bullying emerge with their child. Please join us Monday, January 13th to learn about the different types of bullying that exist, who is likely to be affected, and what parents can be attuned to. Most importantly, leave with tools that can be used within parent-child relationships in order to be preventative and responsive to issues of bullying.

  • Date: Monday, January 13
  • Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Place: Wayzata Central Middle School
  • Speaker: Tricia Sedlacek, InTune Connections

*While this presentation is open to parents of all ages, specific examples and strategies will most pertain to students within the ages of Kindergarten through 8th grade. 

January 21 - Transitioning to Middle School with Wayzata Public Schools Staff Panel

Parenting with Vision - Transition to Middle School: A Parent's Guide

The middle school years are a time of immense change and growth for students. This evening will feature a panel of district specialists speaking on areas of common concern and interest for parents. Representatives from each middle school will be available for questions. This program is designed for parents of current 5th grade students.

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Wayzata Central Middle School Auditorium


February 24 - Gray Matter: Parenting Through Complicated Emerging Trends

Gray Matter:  Parenting Through Complicated Emerging Trends

A panel of experts will discuss the difficult in-between areas of parenting. From vaping to privacy, technology use and social media.  These are just a few of the gray topics that parents face trying to address emerging trends and raising youth in a world where things aren't black and white. 
Date: Monday, February 24
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Wayzata Central Middle School Auditorium

March 16 - The State of the District: MN Student Survey Results

The State of the District: MN Student Survey Results

The Minnesota Student Survey provides a wealth of information on student behavior.  Learn what the most recent survey results are telling us about youth in the west metro.  
Date: Monday, March 16
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Wayzata Central Middle School Auditorium

April 21 - Dealing with Difficult Behavior with Tricia Sedlacek

2018-2019 Parenting with Vision Series

October 11 – Top 20 Parents Live Above the Line

Top 20 Parents Live Above the Line: How Our Thinking Governs Our Experience

Top 20 Training logoThis one-of-a-kind session focuses on becoming aware of our thinking so we know when it is working and when it is not working. It explores (1) the conditions that come up in our life that invite us to go Below the Line, (2) indicators telling us when we are Below, (3) how to handle Below the Line experiences with more grace and dignity and (4) how to trampoline back Above the Line. We’ll also take a look at the Law of Big Things, that challenging tug-of-war that often takes place between parents and their children. Don’t miss this night, it could be a game-changer for you and your family!

Speaker: Tom Cody, Co-Founder of Top 20 Training

Top 20’s primary goal is to revolutionize education in America by helping students become more engaged in school and providing teachers with a new way of seeing themselves as relevant educators in the 21st century. Over the years, Top 20 Training has worked with over 600,000 teachers, parents, coaches and students.

November 1 – Stress and Anxiety: The Mind-Body Connection

Stress and Anxiety: The Mind-Body Connection, Building Resilience and Renewal into Daily Life

Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Central Middle School Auditorium 305 Vicksburg Lane North, Plymouth

Presented by Lora Matz, LICSW, PrairieCare Speakers Bureau

Stress and anxiety is now the number one health concern reported on surveys. Untreated stress affects every area of our life. Research shows that stress contributes to many of the problems that people of all ages are experiencing. Stress affects us physically emotionally, behaviorally, socially and spiritually. It impacts our immune system and helps contribute to every major health care challenge we are seeing today. When someone is stressed, they have difficulty concentrating and retaining information and don’t function to their full capacity.

Lora has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years. She is a leader in healthcare’s emerging field of Integrative Medicine. She is a transpersonal psychotherapist, lecturer, writer, and teacher. Lora worked in Washington, D.C., for several years as the Associate Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). She continues to work as a senior faculty member for the Center’s Professional Training Programs.

January 29 - Transitioning to Middle School: A Parent's Guide

2018 Parenting with Vision: Transitioning to Middle School

Demystifying Middle School

March 12 - Gray Matter: Parenting through Complicated Emerging Trends

A panel of experts discussing the difficult in-between areas of parenting. From vaping to privacy, these are just two of the gray topics that parents face trying to address emerging trends and raising youth in a world where things aren't black and white. 


  • Jessica Wong, Regional Director of Outreach at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Kate Roselle, Addiction Prevention Professional at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  • Alison Wobschall, Psychologist and Director of Partners in Prevention
  • Lambert Brown, Achievement Specialist at Wayzata High School and Football Head Coach
  • Amy Naleid, Mental Health Coordinator at Wayzata Public Schools

Watch the panel discussion here. (Sounds starts at about 2 minutes.)

May 13 – Let's Talk: The Opioid Epidemic

Join us as we welcome Colleen Ronnei and Change the Outcome and engage in the important conversation about the opioid epidemic and addiction. The event will include a screening of the new 40-minute documentary “Change the Outcome” highlighting the opioid epidemic in Minnesota. A panel of experts in the field and community members who have been personally impacted by this crisis will follow the screening.

Since November 2017, Change the Outcome been able to talk with over 15,000 students, 700 educators, and 800 parents and community members providing focused learning opportunities for young people that will educate them on important aspects of opioid use and the disease of addiction.