Parenting workshop stresses values

Parents looking for essential skills that can help them focus on their children’s character and purpose, and not just on good grades and trophies, are invited to attend parenting coach Laura Gauld’s free workshop: Parenting: The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. at the WEPCO complex, 48 New Canaan Road in Wilton. It is open to the public, and appropriate for parents of children of all ages.

The interactive workshop will highlight several of the “10 Priorities” outlined in the parenting book, The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have (Scribner) that Ms. Gauld co-authored with her husband, Malcolm Gauld. Those priorities include “truth over harmony,” “principles over rules,” “setting high expectations while letting go of outcomes,” and “creating a character culture.”  Those attending the  workshop will receive a free copy of her book.

Ms. Gauld is the executive director of Hyde Schools, a network of public and private schools, whose pioneering family-based character development philosophy has been profiled on 60 Minutes, 20/20, Today, PBS and NPR.

A press release for the event said, “She draws on three decades of experience as an education and parenting expert to offer an upbeat and practical workshop that helps parents understand what works, what doesn’t, and how shifting to a paradigm that reconnects parenting and education with values and character can result in a win-win for the entire family.”

The Joint Youth Ministries program of St. Matthew’s, Wilton Presbyterian and Zion’s Hill United Methodist churches is sponsoring the workshop, but its content is not religious or faith-based.  Her message is: A person’s character is more important than his or her innate abilities; who we are is more important than what we can do; a commitment to principles is key to finding fulfillment and a sense of purpose in one’s life; yet, in today’s results-driven culture, the elements of character, principles and commitment are too often overlooked.

For information about the workshop, call Becky Hudspeth at 203-834-0943. For information on Ms. Gauld, visit