As the mother of three children, all of whom are at home during the summer, I can relate well to social dysfunction among siblings and the continuing search for peace and harmony on the home front in June, July and August.
It's probably times like these that inspired the Youth Services Bureau of Carroll County to sponsor a workshop entitled, "Sibling Rivalry: Helping Our Children Get Along With Each Other."
The workshop is one of many that will be offered throughout the summer, geared toward assisting parents in their quest to help their children.
The sibling rivalry workshop is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Youth Services Bureau in Westminster.
Lynn Davis, parent education coordinator for the Youth Services Bureau, said that the workshop offers parents many ideas to help their children deal with one another.
"We cover different areas in this workshop and we talk about how sibling rivalry can actually benefit the kids," Ms. Davis said. "We talk about interacting with each other and how to negotiate with a sibling and test your anger in a safe way, and that it is not abnormal for kids to argue with one another."
The workshop is designed to be an interactive experience whereby parents can describe the relationships of their siblings and engage in role playing to help better understand a variety of situations.
"We also talk about the parent's role in sibling relationships and how sometimes it is best if the parents do not get involved, but let the siblings work through certain problems," Ms. Davis said. "We discuss the do's and don'ts and also how to use encouragement."
The cost of the sibling rivalry workshop is $12 per person and $18 per couple.
The Youth Services Bureau also will offer a "Parenting With Art" workshop, which is scheduled Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The fee is $12 per person and $18 per couple.
To register or for more information on either workshop, call 848-2500.
Theatre On The Hill is back, and "Barnum" is this year's first featured production.
The musical, which opened last week, will continue each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through July 15.
The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. for all performances.
Barnum was written by Cy Coleman and Mark Bramble, and it traces the career of America's greatest showman.
Ticket prices for adults are $17, children 13 and under are $9.
Ticket prices for groups and senior citizens are $13 per individual.
Monumental Brass Quintet will perform Sunday at 7 p.m. in Westminster City Park as part of the "Month of Sundays Summer Concert Series."
The concert is sponsored by Dan Fangmeyer of Integrity Recycling Inc. and is presented by Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks and Westminster City Recreation, as well as private companies, community organizations and local government agencies.
Each concert is free and in lieu of an admission fee, concert-goers are asked to bring canned foods and other goods to the performance.
These items will be collected by representatives of Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. and will be distributed through agencies to the county's needy families.
Information: 857-2103 or 876-1313.