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DuPage Children’s Museum presents wellness, parenting webinar series


Between massive shifts at work, home, school and community no one has escaped the emotional toll of the pandemic.

Adapting to this new (un)normal while trying to balance the demands of work-home life has created enormous new challenges. To promote health, happiness, productivity and resilience, DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is providing a series of wellness webinars to address the unique social and emotional needs of working parents and caregivers. 

On Friday, October 16, join DCM for a one-hour webinar at noon with Russ Rausch from Vision Pursue to learn strategies to adopt a positive and productive mindset that promotes work-life balance and happiness for you and your family. Reducing Stress & Increasing Resilience participants will receive free access to the Vision Pursue app for one month. Fifty percent of subscriptions maintained thereafter will be donated back to DuPage Children’s Museum.

“Listening and learning from Russ has changed my life for the better,” explains Joe Chura, DCM Board Member. “Russ is a maestro on teaching techniques and strategies to reduce stress while increasing resiliency. His teachings have helped many professional sports players tackle performance anxiety while also proving extremely useful for parents, family, employees, and many others coping with everyday life. His session will equip you with the tools you need in these ever-changing unprecedented times.” 

Learn more and register at dupagechildrens.org/work-life-parenting.

Museum CEO, Andrea Wiles said, “over the last few months, DCM convened Advisory Teams with nearly 50 individuals including DCM board members, parents, educators, community and business leaders in a dynamic process to assess community needs and opportunities to leverage DCM core competencies to meet those needs. These critically important conversations resulted in new strategies to support families as they face new challenges.”

The greatest need employers identified was delivering meaningful resources and support to their employees who find themselves working from home and facing new challenges as parents and professionals. DCM’s new webinar Success in the Balance: Work, Life and Pandemic Parenting does just that. Each webinar is designed to provide insights and strategies that will empower employees to be healthier, happier and more productive as they attempt to manage it all. There is no cost to register. 

During these stress-filled days of Zoom meetings and e-learning uploads to various content management systems, the struggle is real. Many of us feel like we are failing – at home, at work, in life. Failure and risk-taking are a natural and healthy part of the learning process. 

DCM will host Carl Hooker, educator and author of the Mobile Learning Mindset book series, from noon-1PM on Friday, December 4. Carl will use his unique blend of technical expertise and humor to identify the barriers we create to stifle creativity and how to overcome them, as well as how to take a few risks ourselves. Teach your children: It’s not how you fall down, it’s how you get back up.

The Museum will host another live session from noon-1PM on Friday, January 29. Based on participant feedback following the first two events, DCM will work with Museum partners to identify the January speaker and topic.  If you have a keen interest in someone special, please contact DCM Chief of Creativity and Strategic Communications, Julie Carlsen at jcarlsen@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

DuPage Children’s Museum has supported children learning about their world through play, creativity and experimentation for over 30 years. The Pandemic presents new challenges to parents and caregivers to connect with quality resources and to engage with a community of support.  DCM has again risen to the challenge by designing accessible programming to ensure families continue to thrive. 

About DuPage Children’s Museum

The Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. In a typical year, DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states. DCM’s reach and support represent well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.

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