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New Programming Available for Parents at UK

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2020) — Being a working parent is a rewarding yet demanding experience. University of Kentucky Human Resources Work-Life understands the importance of supporting parents as they strive to create effective work routines, build healthy parent-child relationships, develop effective parenting skills, maintain structure and foster happiness for their families.

With new challenges such as virtual schooling, now more than ever, it is an important time to be aware of available resources which can help. UK HR Work-Life regularly maintains the Resources for Parents page, which offers information about child care, the UK Working Parents Network, parental leave, on-campus lactation spaces and upcoming events.

This fall, all of UK HR Work-Life's programs for parents will be held virtually, allowing parents to stay engaged in a safe, efficient way. From lunchtime sessions with child-rearing experts to informal morning coffee chats, the fall programming aims to support anyone in a parenting role — including step-parents, foster parents, grandparents and guardians — by providing an opportunity to connect with one another, share insights and gain advice from experts.

Community members can join UK HR Work-Life on the second Tuesday of the month at noon for a parenting discussion and the third Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. for coffee talk.

Upcoming events include:

Sept. 8

Working Parents Network: Managing Back-to-School Expectations

Sept. 16

Parent Coffee Talk: Hear Tips from School Teachers

Oct. 12

Work-Life ROCKS: Work & Family Harmony

Oct. 13

Working Parents Network: “The Parenting Toddlers Workbook” Meet the author Katie Penry

Oct. 21

Parent Coffee Talk: Embrace the Chaos

Oct. 22

Children & Mental Health: Know When to Get Help

For more information about programming from UK HR Work-Life, please visit the Work-Life Calendar or contact the team at

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