Seminar Series

LexFUN! Seminar Series 2013-2014

Turning Picky Eaters into Power Eaters: Tips and Tricks for Adding Variety and Good Nutrition to Your Family’s Diet

Liz Weiss, M.S., R.D.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm             

Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road
*$5 Fee for Non-members, LexFUN! Members show your Membership Card

Tired of the same old meal plan or maybe no plan at all? Struggling with picky eaters? Looking for easy ways to add variety and more nutrition to your meals that your kids will happily eat? Local mom, dietitian and author of No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms, Liz Weiss, will discuss finicky eaters and the challenge of getting wholesome meals on the table, ideas for stocking a healthy “last minute” pantry, ways to add kid appeal to fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and clever strategies for marketing good nutrition to kids. She will also cook up / sample several recipes the whole family is sure to love.


Family nutrition expert, Liz Weiss, M.S., R.D. is the author of No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms and The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers. She is a registered dietitian who champions good nutrition and kid-friendly recipes on her blog, Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen and on her weekly radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms. You can find her at


Raising Healthy Girls

Dr Rachel KramerDr. Rachel Kramer

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm                   

Location: Temple Emunah

*$5 Fee for Non-members, LexFUN! Members show your Membership Card

How do you raise a confident, resilient daughter? How do we encourage our daughters to make healthy choices? What can parents do to help girls develop a healthy body image? How can parents help their young daughters develop strong, positive friendships?

Please join us for a presentation and discussion designed to help parents support the social and emotional development of young girls. Parents will learn specific strategies for teaching their daughters effective coping skills, helping girls develop a positive outlook and supporting development of a strong sense of self.

Dr. Rachel Kramer received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from NYU in 1991. Following postdoctoral work at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Kramer served as a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine Program at Children’s Hospital in Boston and as a Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kramer established her private practice in Pediatric Psychology in Concord in 1996. She specializes in providing parent coaching and education for families with young children. In addition, she provides psychotherapy and consultation for children, adolescents and their families, and teaches parenting seminars for local schools and community groups. Dr. Kramer is the mother of three teenagers.


Parenting Is a Journey That Does Not Come with a Roadmap

Cristina Pachano, LMHC

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Location: Youville Place, 10 Pelham Road
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During this workshop, parents will learn about The Parenting Journey, a dynamic, curriculum-based, parent development program created and implemented for more than 15 years by The Family Center. The Parenting Journey is designed to increase parental self-nurturing, raise awareness of factors (past and present) that influence parenting styles and, ultimately, improve parenting practices. The program fosters identification of parental strengths and encourages active participation in an environment that provides respect, empathy, social engagement, and opportunities to develop and practice skills necessary to meet personal and family goals.

The family center

While traditional parenting programs are often created to teach parents about child development and disciplinary techniques, the Parenting Journey uses experiential techniques to focus on the parents’ relationship with their children, with others and with their own personal histories. The Parenting Journey is for parents who want to learn more about themselves, their relationships and the resources they need to effectively parent their children. This workshop will be experiential in nature, so as to give participants a genuine taste of The Parenting Journey.

Cristina Pachano, LMHC, The Family Center, Inc., Somerville, MA,

For more than a decade, Cristina Pachano has served as a family therapist and parenting group facilitator at The Family Center. She facilitates The Parenting Journey and Parenting in America, the latter curriculum designed for newer immigrants, in English and Spanish. Cristina holds a degree in Psychology from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, in her native country of Venezuela, and a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Cristina, her husband and their two children live in Lexington.


Helping Children Cope: Putting Humpty Back Together Again! 

Jeanine K. Fitzgerald

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm                

Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room
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Fitz In

As the nursery rhyme goes…“all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.” While that may be true, professionals and parents can by tipping the scale from vulnerability to strengths. This evening will explore resiliency as an active ingredient to a life at peace with its past, content with its present and optimistic about the future. It offers field-tested strategies so every child can navigate stormy waters without capsizing and how to create safe harbors for those whose storms continue to crash their shores and toss them about in the surf.

Jeanine K. Fitzgerald is a Certified Human Behavior Specialist, speaker, consultant, trainer and author. She draws on more than 30 years of professional experience to empower teachers and parents to achieve more with children “at risk.” As a certified Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, and Owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning, Jeanine specializes in research-based strategies in educational leadership, relationship-building, motivation, preventing the factors that compromise the fulfillment of a child’s maximum potential and implementing positive interventions in “real life” settings. Jeanine has worked with thousands of children, professionals and parents across the country, and has taught at the college level and presented on the campuses of The University of Rhode Island, Bryant University, Lyndon State College, and Harvard University. As an author, Jeanine has published The Dance of Interaction and a national training program entitled Education with Insight.


Get Smart About Raising Healthy Eaters

Danielle Shea Tan

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room
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Healthy Mamas for Healthy Families

Raising healthy eaters is a critical, and often challenging, job for parents and caregivers. But we all know how important it is to raise children who prefer nutritious choices, particularly since studies show a healthy diet leads to lower acute illness, stronger performance at school/work and overall reduced risk of preventable disease.

This interactive seminar will benefit any family committed to raising healthy eaters. We’ll discuss the key factors that influence your child’s eating habits and what you, as parents and caregivers, can do to raise children who prefer nutritious foods. You’ll learn strategies for helping your child develop a positive relationship with food, fostering openness for trying new foods and how to effectively model healthy eating at home. Walk away with confidence, tools and an action plan for making nutritious foods the center of your family’s plate.

Danielle Shea Tan is a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach and Founder of Healthy Mamas for Happy Families. She is passionate about helping busy moms become healthy role models, so together they can transform the health of America one family at a time. Danielle frequently writes and speaks on the topics of infant nutrition, managing food allergies and family wellness.


Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Estate Planning Done!

Attorney David W. Adams

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room
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This seminar will focus on demystifying the estate planning process and identifying your options. There are many reasons parents put off drafting a will and other key planning documents: life is too busy, we don’t like to think about our own death or incapacity, and we are reluctant to wade into the conflict that may arise when we do good planning. But even basic estate planning is one of the easiest and important ways you can protect your family.

Pathway Law

In 90 minutes (and with a bit of humor), attorney David Adams will help you:

  • pick the best guardian(s) for your children;
  • understand how various types of trusts can be used to provide for and protect your children;
  • select an appropriate executor and/or trustee;
  • determine whether your estate is taxable and how to minimize (or eliminate) this exposure; and
  • understand key options when selecting an agent to make health care and financial decisions for you in the event you are incapacitated.

David W. Adams has been practicing law for ten years and specializes in estate planning, administration and nonprofit law. His firm, Pathway Law ( provides counsel to over 250 families in the Greater Boston area, helping those with modest and sophisticated planning situations. David is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the BBA’s Tax and Estate Planning section.


Oral Health for Children

Carolyn Coppe, D.M.D.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: Dr. Coppe’s Office, 19 Muzzey Street, Suite 6
Free to all

Dr Coppe

Come meet Dr. Carolyn Coppe, enjoy wine and cheese, and learn about oral health for your children. Dr. Coppe will give a presentation on maintaining oral hygiene and preventative care. Please bring your questions as she will answer any you may have about children’s oral health.

Dr. Carolyn Coppe graduated from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and completed her pediatric dental residency at University of California, San Francisco in 2008. After graduating from dental school, she conducted research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Coppe was awarded the prestigious Ralph E McDonald Award at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Meeting in 2008 and passed the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examinations in 2011. The town of Lexington has been a home to Carolyn since she was eight months old. She attended both Hastings and Bridge Elementary schools before graduating from Lexington High School. Dr. Coppe currently lives in Lexington with her husband and son, and practices with her father, Dr. Michael Coppe, at their offices in Lexington Center.


Sleep Soundly: How to Help Your Child and You Sleep Better

Dr. Erin Evans

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: Cary Library Large Meeting Room
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In this workshop, participants will learn how sleep patterns change from newborn through age three, how developmental milestones interact with sleep and how to implement strategies to solve common problems such as frequent night waking and fragmented napping.


Erin Evans, PhD, is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms and the Massachusetts Sleep Society. As an Instructor in Medicine at in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she studied human circadian and sleep physiology in a variety of groups, including astronauts, physicians, shift-workers, blind people and autistic children. In addition to her research, Dr. Evans works as an infant and toddler sleep consultant at Isis Parenting. She has helped thousands of local families implement evidence-based strategies to improve the sleeping habits of their children.


Getting Ready for Kindergarten: What Every Parent Wants to Know!

LexFUN! Parent Panel, moderated by Alix Fox

May 2014                 

Location: TBD

Free to all

Come and learn about the exciting world of kindergarten! LexFUN! presents an evening of discussion and Q&A with parents of current Lexington Kindergarteners. Parents from all six elementary schools will be represented on the panel, which will be moderated by former Kindergarten Connection Chair, Alix Fox. Get answers to all your questions and honest advice directly from other parents:

• Preparing you and your child for Kindergarten;

• Tips on school supplies, lunches, daily routines, practical dos and don’ts;

• Bussing, walking or driving to school; and

• Options for after-school care.

Ask questions specific to your school at the end of the program.

Submit your questions to our panel ahead of time! Send e-mail to LexFUN’s Kindergarten Connection team at 

It’s Not Fair! Understanding Sibling Relationships and Responding to Sibling Conflicts

Suzanne Wildman, COMPASS for kids

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Location: TBD
*Fee for Non-members

Join us to examine the dynamics of sibling rivalry and discover how to help children express and manage their feelings without hurting each other. You will learn strategies that will help you respond to children’s conflicts and help children develop lifetime communication and social skills. See how you can promote an atmosphere of cooperation in your household!

COMPASS for kids is dedicated to delivering customized, sustainable information, skills and support to the adults who matter most to kids – ensuring the best today and tomorrow for children. COMPASS for kids’ efforts benefit parents, children, educators, schools, systems and communities through training and support for parents, educators and other professionals who broadly impact children and families. For more information about COMPASS for kids, please visit

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