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Dr. Chad Kritzberger, a pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, will present a free public program on practical ways to raise confident children at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in Marycrest Auditorium on the second floor of the Mayo-Franciscan’s hospital building at 700 West Ave. S.

Kritzberger will explain how children develop self-worth and what they need from their parents at all ages. Children also are welcome to attend, and snacks will be provided.

Register by calling 608-392-9717.

The presentation is part of Mayo-Franciscan’s Raising Healthy Kids education series, which also will include:

  • Teen Self Injury: Hurting on the Inside and Out — Oct. 11, when clinical therapist Bill Bakalars will teach what to watch for, causes of self-injury and how to provide immediate and long-term help.
  • Positive Parenting Skills to Improve Behavior — Nov. 8, when child therapist Jenessa Hill, will teach how to positive parenting skills to help 2- to 7-year-old children build relationships, stay focused on tasks longer, improve language development and decrease whining and misbehavior.

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