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Psychologist wants to connect with parents

Kristin McAuliffe plays with her son Jack at Conroy’s Organics. She is facilitating the Parent Enrichment Book Series at the Chazy Public Library.

Kristin McAuliffe plays with her son Jack at Conroy’s Organics. She is facilitating the Parent Enrichment Book Series at the Chazy Public Library. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

Some of the topics include early relationships between peers and siblings, sensory processing, positive guidance and behaviors, raising adolescents, emotional wellness and relieving stress.

McAuliffe hopes the meetings take a natural path as those attending make insightful and personal connections. It is targeted toward parents, grandparents, caregivers, expecting parents, day-care providers, teachers and anyone interested in a child’s well-being.

It is about being part of a child’s life and recognizing that role and learning new things to meet the needs of a child. There is always change, transformation and the opportunity for growth, McAuliffe said.

For her it is the coming together of being a mom, reader and professional and merging those perspectives into one.

But she stresses that she will be as much a participant as facilitator in the program.

“I haven’t figured it all out,” she said. “And this is because I have not figured it all out.”

The first meeting is 6 p.m. on April 26 at the Chazy Public Library.

It will run on the last Thursday of the month, for six months, starting April 26, though McAuliffe hopes the group continues beyond that.

It is free and open to the public, and anyone can attend.

“You don’t have to be a resident of Chazy or have a library card,” said McAuliffe, who has a six-year-old daughter, Ava, and Jack, who is three.

The series will help those who attend discover new literature and foster dialogue among those in attendance. Each session highlights a certain area of child development, with the first three targeting early and middle childhood and the last three, adolescence.

April’s topic is “Literature in the Early Years,” focusing on the importance of spoken and written works in the early life of a child and how it can inspire a lifetime of reading.

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