Mindful Parenting: How to Make It Out in One Piece
Tracey Masella, LCSW
10:00 AM @ Wilton Library register HERE & 7:00 PM @ Weston Library Register HERE
What does it mean to be a mindful parent? Tracey is an engaging speaker who offers practical guidance. She will discuss establishing a family frame, setting reasonable and attainable expectations and goals for your children, managing anxiety (both yours and your children’s), and finding a supportive group of fellow parents in your community.
6:30-8:00 PM @ the Weston Public Library; Register HERE
Open to parents AND middle or high school students
Stress happens to all of us. Why do people respond to life's stressors so differently? Learn techniques to minimize stress and maximize well being.
Co-sponsored by the Weston Public Library and Weston Youth Services
Special Presentation in Wilton only:
March 7, 2019: The Physiology of Addiction: Effects of Drug-Taking Behavior on the Brain, Ruth Potee, MD
7:00 PM @ the Wilton Library (registration opens 2/7
Dr. Potee provides an overview of how substances and addictive behaviors impact the brain, especially the developing teen brain. This presentation explores normal risk taking behaviors of the developing brain, as well as the impact of marijuana on the adolescent brain acutely and long term. Dr. Potee will also address the risk and impact of addiction on adolescents with ADHD.
The Pressure to be Perfect and Its Unintended Consequences, Alicia Farrell, Ph.D.
10:00 am, Wilton Library & 7:00 pm, Weston Library (registration opens 2/20)
We are raising our children in complicated times where performance is valued over character. In such a competitive world, parents, educators and leaders are unwittingly passing on to their children pressure to be perfect. In turn, our children are feeling inadequate, anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, scared and tired. This talk is designed to address how we arrived at this place and what we can do about it. Here are some questions that will be answered:
· What does it mean to be perfect and what are the consequences of trying?
· How do we balance embracing our children’s imperfections with the importance of working hard and doing your best?
· What are the benefits of failure and why is it critically important to our children’s development?
· What are healthy, age-appropriate expectations and how do we communicate them without shame and fear?
· How do boys and girls experience and respond to the pressure to achieve differently?
· What is the relationship between the pressure to be perfect and the nationwide increase of anxiety disorders, addiction, and suicide in children and adolescence?