Parent Awareness Group

What is the Parent Awareness Group (PAG)?

The PAG strives to provide Heartwood families with a forum to discuss and share parenting resources. The PAG will meet to discuss books, parenting hot topics and to hear presentations from guest speakers. The topics of interest will be determined at the first Parent Support Group meeting of the year.

When does the PAG meet?

The PAG will meet every other month, starting in October, on the school’s campus. Meeting times will vary although they will usually be on a Tuesday in the evening hours with childcare provided.

PAG Meeting Topics

If you have any suggestions or requests, please email

Curious what might be covered in a Heartwood PAG Meetings? Check out some of our past meeting topics to get a better idea. Interested in hearing one of these speakers again? Please let us know!

  • Developmental Differences & the Whole Child Approach in Montessori with Bridget Dickerson
  • Sleep Solutions with Irene Gouge
  • Reading and Language Development featuring both a reading teacher and Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Positive Discipline with Liane Watson
  • Conscientiousness
  • Orenstein Solutions with psychologist Dr. Daniel Sheras
  • Heartmath with Terry McDougall EdS

Upcoming PAG Meetings

Life Hacks for the Holidays: How to Consciously Enjoy the Spirit of the Holiday Season

Date: Tuesday, December 5th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up.)



Join us for an evening of learning, sharing and the potential for profound transformation!
David Peters, co-founder of Long Life Wellness Center (down the road from Heartwood), will present a short talk on conscious development practices. He is a local leader in Integrative Medicine that practices Traditional Chinese Medicine and teaches Meditation, TaiJi and QiGong. He is going to  lead us on a journey of experiential practices we can take with us and use through the Holidays and beyond.  We will learn easy techniques to de-stress, be more mindful, heartful and fully connected to each other and universal consciousness. This is a class you will not want to miss!


  About David Peters


  Other related events:
  Link to the 12 week meditation course in January:  Mahamudra
  Link to the Sound Events: Sonic Healing

Montessori At Home: Transform the materials you already have at home to empower your children to be more independent!

Date: Tuesday, January 16th

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up.)



This workshop will be a hands-on way to learn how to transform the materials you already have at home to empower your children to be more independent. We will touch on several key areas in your home where children can be independent using the Montessori philosophy at home and we will discuss specifically how children can learn and thrive in the kitchen! Bring an open mind and questions about having children who thrive in an independent living space.

Who Should Take This Workshop: 

Anyone interested in learning more about how to create a Montessori environment at home. Although this workshop is geared toward parents with children, ages 2-6, anyone with an interest of how to create a Montessori environment at home is welcome to attend. This workshop can help any parent learn how to create an environment that boosts independence, order, and responsibility.

About Marie Mack:

Marie is a work-at-home mom who is passionate about Montessori in the home. Marie has a degree in education and has used Montessori at home with her two children for the last 6 years. She has shared her knowledge with the blogging world and She focuses on using budget friendly ways to help her children do it themselves at home.


Past PAG Meetings

Positive Discipline 6 Session Course: Expanding the discussion of “What to Do Instead of Screaming!!”

Please see the link below for more information about the course being offered by Jean Wittig.

Positive Discipline 6 Session Course

Starting Date: Wednesday, November 1st

Watch Your Language and Relax and Re-energize! Simple Words for Taking the Angst Out of Parenting with Jean Wittig

Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up.)

Description: Guest Speaker Jean Wittig, Parenting Coach, Life Coach and Author, will present: “Relax and Re-energize – Equip yourself with tools for taking the angst out of parenting” and will answer the question…“What to do instead of SCREAMING!!”

 A note from Jean: Come prepared to experience some mental relaxation, while learning communication skills and effective methods to handle challenging situations in day-to-day life with kids. If you want to make some small changes that can lead to BIG results, this talk is for you. Two reminders: 1) small does not equal insignificant and 2) change itself can lead to some stress. We have tools for that too!!

We are all in the same boat! My intention is to support parents and grandparents in choosing kind, firm, and effective responses to daily parenting challenges, just as I have been supported by the fine people and programs that have come my way over the years… most recently Positive Discipline. The key to Positive Discipline is not punishment and not permissiveness, but mutual respect focusing on solutions and developing children’s skills and perceptions needed to become capable, responsible people.

About Jean and her book: (more at

The ABC’s of Identifying and Reducing Anxiety in Your Children with Dr. Kristen Wynns

Date: Tuesday, December 6th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Childcare will be available for children ages 3 and up.)

Description: Dr. Wynns is a child and adolescent psychologist who owns a child/adolescent specialty private practice in Cary, NC called Wynns Family Psychology. She has a Ph.D. and Master’s in Clinical Psychology from UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Wynns will talk about how to both identify and help ease anxiety in children. Her talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

More About Dr. Wynns

At Wynns Family Psychology, Dr. Wynns provides therapy for kids ages 3 and up, parent therapy, and social skills groups and camps. She also provides psychological and psychoeducational evaluations for ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Gifted. Dr. Wynns specializes in high conflict divorce cases by offering co-parenting therapy, reunification therapy, therapy for children of divorce, and a full menu of custody evaluations.

An Introduction to Positive Discipline with Liane Watson

This meeting was held on October 25, 2016. Want to hear about this topic again? Let us know!

Description:  Liane Watson will be presenting an overview of Positive Discipline and The Family Meeting.  Liane is an accredited Positive Discipline trainer with a Masters Degree in Family Life and Parent Education and is a certified Early Childhood Montessori educator.

Interested in learning more about Positive Discipline? Liane Watson will be offering a 7 week workshop to help parents do just that. 

Course Description

This course will be based on the best selling Positive Discipline parenting books by Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott and several others. Parents and caregivers will learn long-term solutions for raising kids to feel “I am capable, I can contribute, and I can use my personal power in useful ways to improve my life and the lives of others!” Positive Discipline teaches long-term parenting skills that will encourage children to think for themselves, become more responsible and have a greater respect for themselves and others.  Feel supported while learning some non-punitive, respectful methods that will incorporate kindness and firmness into your relationship with your children.  Get to the core of your children’s misbehavior, practice encouraging tools and gain a sense of accomplishment!

The  7 week interactive workshop ideal for participants who want deep learning and support at a pace that allows for individual processing and practice. We will use the Positive Discipline book (included) to support the in-class lessons as well as the Parents Helping Parents Problem Solving Steps Process.

Sessions held on Tuesdays November 15, 22, 29 December 6, 13 and January 3, 10

Parenting the Positive Disciple Way is $150/person or $175/parenting partners

Childcare is $30/child $45/children

Class will be lead by Liane Watson, Parent Educator and former Heartwood Preschool teacher who holds a BA in Human Services from Peace College and Masters in Family Life and Parent Education from North Carolina State University.  Liane is also a certified Positive Discipline lead trainer for parents.

Sign up @ or call Liane Watson at Figuring it Out Parenting, (919) 302-0578.

Our landline is not working.

Call 919-461-8386 (our fax line) until Thursday morning.