The Parent Education Consortium of the North Shore is centralized source of information on parent programs and resources. The 2016-17 calendar of events was recently released. You may be interested in some of the topics covered in the speaker series. Several of the topics connect with themes that our teaching and parent community have been discussing. For example, our district elementary staff read “Grit” by Angela Duckworth over the summer. District 30 invited Devorah Heitner to speak to our staff and parent community last year. Mindfulness is a topic of discussion in all schools. Below are some highlights taken directly from their calendar of events.
MINDLESSNESS; AND MINDFULNESS
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 PM, New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, 60093. Family Action Network (FAN) is proud to present Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D., the renowned Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, the “mother of mindfulness” who has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health.
KIDS AND TECHNOLOGY
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age, 7:00 PM, Glenbard West High School, 670 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn, 60137. Presented by the Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families. Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner Ph.D., however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents guide them on their way. For further information, visit glenbardgps.org or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 942-7668 or email@example.com.
MINDFULNESS AND REFLECTION FOR MOTHERS
Friday, September 30, A Pause in the Season: A Time for Moms to Reflect, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, Lakeview Center, Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Dr. (enter at Lake Ave. and Michigan Ave.), Wilmette, 60091 (RSVP; $). Join in for a mid-day meditative gathering and reflective lunchtime to mindfully consider the Eisenhower Principle: “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important and the important are never urgent.” Explore how this could be useful when addressing anxiety. Lori Smith, BSN, will help us learn to reflect and to pause, to be present and to prioritize. Discover new ways to slow down, to be mindful in our lives, just as nature in the fall prepares its own pause. Lunch included. www.womens-exchange.org/programs/
MINDFUL COMMUNICATION WITH TEENS
Friday, October 7, 2016, Mindful Communication: Your Teen & You, 9-10:30 AM, Wolcott School, 524 N. Wolcott Ave., Chicago, 60622 (RSVP). Presented by Timothy Dohrer, Ph.D. and Thomas Golebiewski, Ph.D. Drs. Dohrer and Golebiewski will focus on the development of two essential skills for mindful communication, self-awareness and self-management. RSVP to Varisa Lertburapa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-610-4900.
GIFTED KIDS AND TECHNOLOGY
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Connecting with Your Digital Native Offline, 6:15-7:30 PM, Oriole Park Chicago Public Library Meeting Room, 7454 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago, 60656 (RSVP). Chicago Gifted Community Center invites family therapist Brandon Tessers, MA to provide an interactive presentation helping parents define the digital cultural divide between themselves and their children, occurring due to increased flow of information through technology. RSVP to tinyurl.com/tessertalk. Questions, contact: LeslieContos@gmail.com
Thursday, October 27, 2016, How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, 10:00 AM, Lake Forest Country Day School, Green Bay Atrium, 145 S. Green Bay Rd, Lake Forest, 60045 (RSVP). Lake Forest Country Day School Special Speaker Series presents New York Times best-selling author, educator, and speaker Jessica Lahey. Her talk will explore why parents must refrain from stepping in when children experience disappointments and frustrations, so children can learn from life’s inevitable mistakes and setbacks and grow up to be successful, resilient, self-reliant adults. The talk is free and open to the public. To reserve your seat, please RSVP at lfcds.org. If you have questions, please call 847-234-2350.
SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE FAIR
Saturday, November 5, 2016, Special Needs Resource Fair, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Evanston Public Library, Main Community Meeting Room, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, 60201. Exhibitors include approximately 40 local clinicians and nonprofit agencies whose work serves or supports children with special needs (and their families!). This is an excellent opportunity for families to meet new clinicians and find much needed programming and support. The event is free and open to the public. More info at www.evanstoncase.org
SOCIAL LIVES OF CHILDREN AND TEENS
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Queen Bees and Masterminds, 7:30 PM, Barrington High School Auditorium, 616 W. Main S.t, Barrington, 60010. Barrington Speaker Series invites you to an evening with New York Times bestselling author Rosalind Wiseman. Through years of working with teenagers, Ms. Wiseman has become a keen observer of behavior and social structures. She is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice and ethical leadership. This community event is hosted by the Barrington Speaker Series and generously sponsored by the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation and PTO Presidents’ Council.
8-WEEK MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION COURSE
Thursday evenings (9/22-11/10), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, 6:30-8:30 PM, Integrative Pathways to Healing, 540 Frontage Rd., Ste. 1035, Northfield, 60093 (RSVP; $). An 8-week, 9-session course designed to develop and integrate mindfulness practices into everyday life, using meditation, body awareness, and gentle movement. Learn tools to reduce stress and live with greater ease, strength and resilience. Registration required – space is limited. Course is facilitated by Betsy Murphy, MS, RN, HNB-BC ERYT, a holistic nurse and mind body specialist. Website: www.mindbodyrn.com. For more information or questions please contact Betsy: email@example.com or call 847-254-3910.
ONGOING PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month (9/27, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 12/27), Parent Support Group, Response Center, 9304 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 60077 (RSVP; $). Is your teenage child using words you don’t recognize? Do you sometimes feel your adolescent is living in a different world? Why do they act like that? And what does “gender-fluid” mean?? We are here to help!! Response Center is starting a group offering support to parents of teens ages 12-21. We plan to provide space where parents can receive support toward understanding their teens’ emotions, communication, and behavior. We hope to help you identify ways you can support teens as they make the challenging transition from child to adult. We will offer skills to understand how you can continue to guide your child while fostering their blossoming independence. This is an open group which means you can attend as many or few sessions as fit in your schedule. Cost of the group is $30/session, single or couple. For more information please contact Elizabeth Ellis LSW at 224-625-2923, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
4-WEEK PARENTING CLASS
Thursday mornings (10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17), I Just Want My Kids to Listen!, 9:30-11:00 AM, Panera Bread conference room, 1199 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 60091 (RSVP; $). Do you feel frustrated when your kids don’t listen to you? Do you question yourself regarding parenting and discipline? Would you like greater peace and less chaos in your home? This interactive class provides insight and tools to help! Learn practical, effective communication and problem solving skills that encourage cooperation and enhance family relationships. Gain tools and strategies to deal with challenging behaviors. Receive tips to develop resilience and confidence in your children and positive changes in your family. Inspired by research from leading experts and facilitated by Beth Miller M.Ed., PCI Certified Parent Coach with over 25 years of experience as an educator, counselor and coach, this class is open to parents of children ages 6 to 10. To register email email@example.com. Cost is $125. Space is limited. Visit www.bethmillerparentcoach.com for additional information.