Parenting in Times of Community Violence

Wednesday, December 5th 2018

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Milanof-Schock Library will host the program Parenting in Times of Community Violence on Wednesday, December 5 at 6pm. It is being sponsored by PNC Branch Bank of Mount Joy, with resources provided by the Milanof-Schock Library. The Library is located at 1184 Anderson Ferry Road in Mounty Joy.

The purpose of the presentation is to explore ways to help children feel prepared and secure while they are not in their parents’ immediate care or oversight. The program will explore a child’s personal sense of safety, and the ways that parents/caregivers can help their children feel confident that they can care for themselves if danger strikes. Parents/caregivers can take home a personal plan of how to approach this topic with their children. This presentation may also be appropriate for grandparents or other caregivers and will include question & answer time.

Children today are being bombarded by media, and sometimes firsthand accounts of community violence, often in their own neighborhoods and even schools near them. Communities – children and adults – feel more frightened when it’s unknown how to protect ourselves when things are dangerous or frightening. While children cannot always be protected from violence or the reporting of that violence, parents/caregivers can help them learn ways to cope and feel empowered in these difficult and frightening times.

The discussion is being led by Dr. Lark Eshleman, a Mount Joy resident who has been a school principal, school psychologist, psychotherapist, and international educator about child development and especially bonding, attachment, and child trauma. Dr. Eshleman, MLS, MS, PhD, is Executive Director of About Child Trauma Foundation (, an educational non-profit dedicated to expanding and deepening understanding of causes, short-and-long-term consequences, prevention and treatment of emotional trauma of childhood, and ACTWell for Families, a benefit corporation associated with ACT that creates, develops & distributes products which support healthy attachment between children and trusted adult caregivers. Dr. Lark is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter in the U.S. and abroad. She is the author of “Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with your Adopted Child”, and other published works, and ran a specialty children’s mental health clinic for ten years. Visit her and ACT Foundation at