Stevenson’s Parent Engagement Series covers a multitude of topics to help parents and guardians raise healthy teens. Here is the lineup for the 2019-20 school year:
Taming the Social Media Monster
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30-8:30 a.m., District 125 Administration Center
How do you model responsible use of social media? How do you talk about social media usage with your child? How do you incorporate social media into a healthy life? The session will address those and other questions.
How to Talk to Teens
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:30-8:30 a.m., District 125 Administration Center
Building purposeful, meaningful time to connect with your teen is important. Some of the best opportunities occur when parents and teens are in the car together. This session will discuss how to make the most of such moments.
Eating to Succeed: Healthy Eating Behaviors
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m., Recital Hall
“I exercise, so I can eat whatever I want.” Does this sound familiar? While that may seem reasonable, it’s not the whole story. In fact, what we eat impacts everything from our size to our behavior to our moods. Learn how to make smarter food choices for you and your family.
Turning 18: What You Need to Know
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m., Recital Hall
Parents and guardians of seniors going off to college next fall may not realize that things they take for granted at Stevenson, such as access to grades and health information, aren’t automatically available once their child turns 18. Representatives of the Shire Law Group will present information parents need to know when their child turns 18, including: gaining access to health and education records, insurance for students studying abroad, and power of attorney.
Raising Compassionate Kids
Monday, Nov. 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m., District 125 Administration Center
What do kids really need to be happy and successful in today’s world? What should parents be doing to prepare kids for a world of rapid change? Those and other topics will be discussed.
Building Balanced Teens
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7:30-8:30 a.m., District 125 Administration Center
Everybody is busy these days, creating stress for the entire family. This session will address how to live a balanced life, how to manage stress, and how to help teens reset after a bad day — without fixing their problems.
Dare Your Teen to Dream
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7:30-8:30 a.m., District 125 Administration Center
Parents and guardians want to support their teens’ hopes and dreams, even if they seem to change every day. This session will offer strategies to support self-discovery and navigate the perils of passion.
Teen Stress Today
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30-8:30 a.m., District 125 Administration Center
Understanding and managing stress is a critical component of parenting. When parents are stressed, so are their children. This session will offer tips on keeping stress in check for the whole family.
Is It a Crisis, or Just a Problem?
Wednesday, April 1, 7-9 p.m., Vernon Area Public Library
Not all stress is bad. Join us for a panel discussion about how parents can help their child navigate and manage stress and anxiety, and how to know when help is needed.
Journey to the Center of a Teen’s Brain
Wednesday, April 8, 7-9 p.m., Recital Hall
Participants will hear about mental health in the schools and the impact of social media on brain development. Find out what anxiety, depression, ADHD and autism look like in the brain, and what can parents do with this knowledge.
Doing the Right Thing: Supporting Responsible Decision-Making
Tuesday, April 14, 7:30-8:30 a.m., District 125 Administration Center
During summer vacation, teens have more freedom and independence. This session will focus on how parents can help support responsible decision-making by their teens, especially those about to head off to college.
For more information, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at firstname.lastname@example.org.