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October 2015: Cultivating Calm

 

Relationship Resilience: How to keep cool when your children are dating.

Friday October 2nd

9:30 am

Weston High School PTO - Main office conference room

Young love is complicated, especially given 'tween and teen hormones and romanticized notions of relationships.  Michelle Albright, Youth Services Director and licensed clinical psychologist will discuss selfies, sexting, hooking up & hanging out, and dating do's and don'ts.  No need to RSVP!

 

Mindful Parenting:  Strategies to Manage Stress and Promote Strength with special guest speaker Linda Lantieri

Monday October 5th                                                          Tuesday October 6th         

7-8:30 pm                                                           10:30 am – 12 pm

Weston Middle School Library                          Westport Town Hall Auditorium

 

What would parenting look like if you experienced less stress and anxiety, had more control over your emotions, and had the space and capacity for reflection before taking action? This talk will help parents learn practical skills in handling difficult emotions, balancing life’s demands and challenges and resolving conflict effectively.  Linda currently serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program.  Linda is one of the co-founders for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children.

Linda will be giving the same presentation on Monday evening in Weston and Tuesday morning in Westport.  There is no fee for this event and community  members are invited to attend either presentation; there is no need to RSVP.

 

Riding the waves: Tools to keep calm and carry on.

Wednesday October 21st

12-1:30 pm ***A light lunch will be served

Weston Public Library Community Room

 

Parenting can be a roller coaster of highs and lows, but the drops don’t have to be so big or so brutal, and there are things to help smooth the ride.  Join us as we discuss strategies to keep your cool and your children’s. To RSVP please click here 

 

RESOURCES FROM THE OCTOBER SESSIONS

 

To view the handout Michelle shared at the High School PTO meeting click here

 

The Office of Adolescent Health has a fabulous website full of resources for all sorts of topics related to adolescent health and well being including conversation starters, facts, guidelines, and sample Q&As for middle and high school students.

http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/index.html

http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/resources-and-publications/info/parents/

 

The American Sexual Health Association promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.

http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/parents/

http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/sexual-health/are-you-ready-for-sex/

 

Love is Respect  http://www.loveisrespect.org/  Loveisrespect is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Break the Cycle that provides resources for fostering healthy dating attitudes and relationships.  This website has a ton of great resources including quizzes to help determine if you are in a healthy relationship and are a good boyfriend/girlfriend, as well as fabulous information and tip-sheets on how to communicate, resolve conflicts, and learn more about consent, protection, and abuse.

 

Sex, Etc.  is published by Answer, a national organization that provides and promotes unfettered access to comprehensive sexuality education for young people and the adults who teach them.  Their site includes stories and forums, a sex glossary, and a state-by-state guide to sex education, birth control and more.  http://sexetc.org 

 

Stay teen has a great  list of sex myths and the reality behind them.   http://stayteen.org/myths

 

Consent and a cup of tea – this is an awesome video to help kids (and adults!) understand what consent is, and isn’t.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGoWLWS4-kU