Workshop for the Principia School Parent Community

Resilient, Caring, & Responsible Children

Creating a Strong Foundation at Home
Using The 4 Crucial Cs
Brought to you
by Family Leadership Center


Sponsored by Principia

How do we raise our kids well?

Raising children is one of the most vital and challenging jobs any of us can have. It’s about doing our part to model for our kids how to be caring and engaged adults. In this workshop, we will explore principles for raising people who are compassionate and capable of problem-solving and navigating life’s challenges.

Join us to gain new strategies for building a strong foundation at home using The 4 Crucial Cs.

What are The 4 Crucial Cs?

Alfred Adler, the grandfather of Individual Psychology, identified four core needs that all people experience and strive to fulfill as they go through life. Renowned psychologists and parent education authors Betty Lou Bettner and Amy Lew used the principles first put forth by Adler to develop these core needs into The 4 Crucial C’s: Connect, Capable, Count, & Courage.

In this workshop, you will learn why each C matters and what happens when kids don’t experience one or more of them.

You will leave the session with:

  • A new understanding of what really encourages caring and responsibility in our children
  • Strategies for instilling The 4 Crucial Cs in your family, building a foundation of strength and connection to last a lifetime
  • Methods for identifying which Crucial C might need focus in your family, based on your children’s behavior (or “misbehavior”!)

Session Includes:

  • Live, interactive session with Marjie Longshore (US ’89, C ’93), parent educator and founder of Family Leadership Center
  • Time for questions and answers
  • Access to Family Leadership Center’s online learning platform with resources you can reference after the session
About Marjie (US '89, C '93)

“World peace begins at home. A family, in whatever shape, is the first place one looks for belonging and connection. It can be the place a child learns to be a citizen of the world. I founded Family Leadership Center to provide parents and caregivers with the essential tools and strategies to bring up children with compassion, responsibility, resilience and courage.  Whether teaching a class, working with our staff and board teams, sharing a Can Do Kids event, or being with my family –  it matters to me that we live these ideas and give everyone a sense of belonging and value. The essential tools we explore in our programs can enable us to transform the biggest challenges into opportunities to grow closer together and discover new hidden gems within each of us.  That is the gold for me.”

Marjie read her first parenting book when she was nine and her interest in child and adult development continues to grow. With a masters in education from Harvard,  Marjie has worked in the field of education for her whole career as a teacher in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school, curriculum developer, educational consultant and, her favorite jobs: mom and parent educator. Her work in schools continually brings her back to how important it is to give support and encouragement to families.

As founder of the non-profit, Family Leadership Center, and trained in Adlerian parent education at the Parent Encouragement Program based in Washington DC, Marjie leads workshops and courses internationally with parents, teachers and community members. She is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and also holds certifications from Northeast Foundation for Children — Responsive Schools, Encouragement Consulting, and Nonviolent Communication.

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Location: Principia School Campus
13201 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

Date: April 9, 2022

Session 1: 9:00-11:00 am Central
(for Principia Preschool/Lower School parents)

Session 2: 12:30-2:30 pm Central
(for Principia Middle/Upper School parents)

Cost: This program is sponsored by Principia and is offered at no cost to our guests.

Preschool & Lower School Session

for parents with children enrolled in the Preschool & Lower School

9:00 – 11:00 am Central
Middle School Center

Middle and Upper School Session

for parents with children enrolled in the Middle & Upper Schools

12:30 – 2:30 pm Central
House Hall
or via Zoom (details available upon registration)