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Friday, June 30, 2017

It is 10:00 and Snap Chat knows Where Your Children Are: Geotagging Issues

There has been a huge change in our culture--we didn’t used to expect to know where our friends, spouses and children were all the time. Maybe if we thought about our kids we could picture them at school, walking home, playing outside, etc., but when we were 11, 12, 13 our parents did NOT know our whereabouts constantly.

I still remember having a police officer ask if I was Devorah Heitner when I was 13 and walking around with a friend in NYC. Turns out, his parents were holding a surprise 13th birthday party for him, but he wasn’t there. We had gone into the city to celebrate his birthday and were wandering around the village like the suburban kids we were trying on sunglasses and eating 1 dollar slices of pizza. They were annoyed but also amused. They did call the police to find us, but this scenario is unthinkable today--the parents would have just texted their child-in the unlikely event their kid was in an unknown location in the first place!

The problem with geotagging is that you are leaving a trail which could be used to threaten you or to bother other people. Perhaps your child has a simple carefree life like many kids, but their good friend has parents in a bitter custody battle. The geotags from your kid’s photographs could lead the wrong person to your child and her friends.

What Can I do? 
You may want to know where your kids are, but do you want everyone to know where they are?

Learn how to turn it off in specific apps--look for a youtube video about how to do it or challenge your child to figure it out and then to teach you. You could even have your kid mentor you and a few friends and pay them a small fee! In Snapchat, Ghost Mode offers a way out of geo-tracking.
You can talk with your child and see how they feel, see if they can come up with some reasons it might not be great to let everyone know where you are at every share. Have they considered the hurt feelings possibilities? Sometimes sharing not in real time is a strategy that kids use to diffuse some of the intensity of being excluded from things...but with geo-tagging, even knowing where you were yesterday or an hour ago can be problematic or at least unnecessary.

We really don’t need to geotrack our kids. When I spoke at a high school recently, I had a dad who confessed that he still geotracks his oldest kids, who are presently in college. He knows when they’ve missed class, for instance, as he can geotrack their phones to their dorms. I get worried about such behavior. Another dad said, “my kid would be in jail if I didn’t geotrack him.” To me, this seems not too far away from making the child wear a “house arrest” ankle bracelets—I don’t think that this is the way to go. Someone else doesn’t need to know where your child is all the time, while a true stalker or bad guy is unlikely, it is not a good idea for any of us to post our whereabouts all the time. WE want to cultivate in our kids an appreciation for the right to privacy.

Devorah Heitner, PhD founded Raising Digital Natives to inspire parents and teachers to mentor children thrive in a world of digital connectedness. She is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World

RESOURCES (click on text)

The Scary New SnapChat Feature All Parents MUST Know About from For Every Mom

NBC 5 News: Geotagging Allows for Real-Time Surveillance  (Nov. 2012)

Friday, June 2, 2017

Suggestions from The Family Institute at Northwestern University on helping kids manage emotions

We always enjoy the clinical insights that come our way from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Check out the article and link below, "Supporting Children in Distress", for suggestions on how to help our kids manage their emotions in healthy ways.

The Family Institute at Northwestern University
Clinical Science Insights | May 2017
Supporting Children in Distress: The Power of Parental Emotion Coaching
- By Allen Sabey, PhD, Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow

Clinical Science Insights allows TFI's clinical and research staff members to share their expert knowledge on a variety of topics facing families today, from child development and innovative treatments for depression and anxiety, to best parenting practices and the latest research on what works in couples therapy, and many more.

Imagine the following scenarios:

A 3-year-old girl begins yelling in a grocery store because her mother said she cannot have the cereal she wants. An 8-year-old boy comes home from school crying about how a friend said he did not want to be the boy's friend anymore. A 14-year-old girl's grandmother just passed away and she hasn't come out of her room for three days. A 16-year-old boy argues with his parents about not letting him stay out later with his friends.

These types of emotional moments in children's lives shape their ongoing development and future well-being. More specifically, it is in the accumulation of these moments that children learn about their emotions and how to deal with them (Sroufe, 2000). What children learn from these experiences will either support constructive ways of dealing with their emotions, or hinder their ability to manage their emotions in healthy ways. The experiences children have in this regard are largely influenced by how their parents or caregivers respond to them in such moments of distress (Cunningham, Kliewer, & Garner, 2009).

Read the entire Clinical Science Insights article here.

Monday, May 15, 2017

GPS presented screening of the documentary "Screeenagers" on May 3 2017

The Glenbard Parent Series presented a screening of the documentary "Screenagers," followed by a discussion with physician Delaney Ruston the film's author/producer/director. Glenbard West parent MJ Buendia-Kuntz attended the program on May 3 and shared the following takeaway:

Delaney Ruston and MJ Buendia-Kuntz
"The film "Screenagers" essentially outlined the tech struggles our family encounters on a near-daily basis and it was an eye-opener to learn the physiological and mental side effects that were outlined in the film. Dr. Ruston recommended to choose one thing to work on; for example, family time is no screen time. Include your child inthe discussion of setting limits around technology. Kids need to be heard and feel things will be fair. Embrace the technology in a way that opens communication about its usage. Model good habits. Good sleep is critical, so no screens in the bedroom. I will certainly be reviewing her site screenagersmovie.com for additional resources and ways to implement and improve our tech use, not only for our kids but for my husband and myself."


Screenagers Movie web site (with resource tab)
Screenagers Educator Guide

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What's all the buzz about Netflix "13 Reasons Why"? Check out these resources.

The following are resources that will assist teens, parents and caregivers who have watched or are considering watching the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why".  This information may prove helpful in processing the powerful, graphic and polarizing messages from the series in a safe and healthy manner. It is recommended for parents to view the series with their children if possible and have an ongoing conversation about the serious issues raised in the series.

National Association of School Psychologists
"13 Reasons Why" Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators here

13 Reasons Why: Talking Points for Viewing and Discussing the Netflix Series
JED and SAVE developed talking points to assist parents, teachers, and other gatekeepers in talking to youth about suicide as it relates to the situational drama that unfolds in 13RY. here

Washington Post article, May 2, 2017
Educators and school psychologists raise alarms about '13 Reasons Why' here

Wisconsin Public Radio/NPR - Joy Cardin Show.  April 25, 2017
'13 Reasons Why' Gets Mixed Reviews From Suicide Prevention Leaders here

Amita Health Behavioral Medicine Institute, May 10, 2017
Popular TV Series Puts Spotlight on Suicide - Are Kids Prepared for What They’re Seeing?  here

Preview of GPS 2017-2018 schedule

Back to School Athlete Night
August 14 and 15, 2017

Monday, August 14 Doug Petit:  One Father's Story
6:00 pm - Glenbard North

Monday, August 14 Levar Fisher: Peak Performance: Playing With Dignity and Grace
6:00pm – Glenbard East

Tuesday, August 15 Dr. Greg Dale: Excellence in Sports Performance: Establishing a Winning Culture
6:00pm - Glenbard South
6:30pm - Glenbard West

Wednesday, August 23 Sonia Nazario, MA: “Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to be Reunited with His Mother"
GPS Community Read
Students are encouraged to read the Young Adult version of this book.
7:00pm – Glenbard East

Wednesday, September 13 A Day with Deborah Gilboa, MD:  Ask Dr. G

How to Teach Resilience to Young Children
^9:30am – Marquardt Administration Center

Get the Behavior You Want … Without Being the
Parent You Hate
12:00pm – Marquardt Administration Center

Health Expo 6:15pm – Glenbard West
Start the Year Off Right: Raising Responsible, Resilient and Successful Teens
7:00pm – Glenbard West

Thursday, September 21 Jacy Good:  Hang Up and Drive:
The Jacy Good Story
7:00 pm - Glenbard North

Saturday, September 23 Frank Palmasami:  Conquering the
Challenges of College Costs
10:30am Glenbard West

Tuesday, October 3 Dr. M. Joann Wright: Linden Oaks Behavioral Health
Dousing the Flame: Extinguishing Challenging Behaviors and Anxiety
12:00pm – CCSD 93 Administrative Center

Monday, October 9   *Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman:
Intelligence and Creativity Re-examined: The
Many Paths to Greatness
7:00pm – Glenbard South (pre-meeting Columbus Day Dinner at 6:30pm)

Saturday, October 14 Effie Rouse, College Board Director
The College Admission Test: Tips to Prepare for the New SAT and FAFSA Completion Assistance
 10:30am - Glenbard East

Monday, October 16 Ryan Goble, M.Ed and Dr. Pam Goble:
Study Smart: New Ways to Enhance Learning through Media and Technology/Study Tips and FASFA Completion Assistance
7:00pm Glenbard North

Wednesday, November 1 Liz Repking, Linda Lewaniak LCSW and Teen Panel:
Straight from the Source: Teens Talk Social Media Now
7:00pm – Glenbard South

Tuesday, November 14 Jessica Lahey, JD:
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
7:00pm – Glenbard West

Wednesday, November 15 Jessica Lahey, JD:
The Gift of Failure; Fostering Intrinsic Motivation and Resilience in Kids
12:00pm – Marquardt Administrative Center

Thursday, November 30 Dr. Brenda Nelson: Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning: An Approach for Sailing the Rough Seas of Adolescence
12:00pm CCSD93 Administration Center

Wednesday, December 6  Jessica Minahan, M.Ed: Children Who Challenge Us: Effective Behavior Management at Home
7:00pm – Glenbard North

Tuesday, January 16 Jodi Norgaard: Founder of Dream Big Toy Company
Moving Beyond Stereotypes: Empowering Girls and Boys to Develop their Unique Talents.
12:00pm – Marquardt Administrative Center

Wednesday, January 31 *Shimi Kang MD: The Myth of Normal: Understanding Anxiety, Depression and Addiction
12:00pm– Marquardt Administrative Center

Wednesday, January 31 *Shimi Kang  MD: The Dolphin Way: Raising Happy, Healthy, and Self Motivated Children
7:00pm – College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center

Wednesday, February 7 Dr. Mark Reinecke: Taking Care of Ourselves: Lessons for Managing Stress and Worry - Northwestern Medicine
12:00pm – CCSD93 Administration Center

Wednesday, February 21 Chris Herren: Unguarded - My Message to Parents
a Conversation with NBA Star Chris Herren
A community conversation will follow this program.
7:00pm – Glenbard East

Thursday, March 1 *Dr. Ruha Benjamin:  Using Science for Good:
Innovation, Inequality, and Imagination in the 21st Century
7:00pm – Glenbard South

Thursday, March 8 A Day with Dr. Laura Kastner
^Getting to Calm: Cool Headed Strategies for Raising Independent 3-7 Year Olds
9:30am – Marquardt Administration Center

Getting to Calm: Cool Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens
12:00pm – Marquardt Administration Center

Calm Parenting for Tough Teen Topics: Healthy Relationships, Substance Use, Media Management and Worry
A community conversation will follow this program.
7:00pm – Glenbard West

Tuesday, April 10 Journalist Christine VanDeVelde and Robin Mamlet, former Stanford University Director of Admissions: From Application to Acceptance Step by Step – The College Admission Process
7:00pm – College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center

Tuesday, April 24 *Dr. Eugenia Cheng: Concert Pianist/Scientist in Residence at the Art Institute Chicago: Logically Speaking Math, Music and the Mind
7:00pm – Glenbard South

Tuesday, May 1 Dr. Lisa Damour
The Essential Guide to Navigating Adolescence: The Seven Stages to Adulthood for Girls and Boys
12:00pm – Marquardt Administration Center

Dr. Lisa D'Amour:  The Essential Guide to Navigating Adolescence: The Seven Stages to Adulthood for Girls and Boys
7:00pm – Glenbard West

* Thought Innovator

^These programs are directed at parents of younger students. 

FUSE Families United for Student Excellence - for parents of African American Children

Saturday, September 16 Tony Cicero: Goals Today/Success Tomorrow and Academic Recognition Program
11:30am Glenbard North

Thursday December 7   Dr. Raquel Wilson & a Distinguished Panel
Find Your Future at College Night
6:00pm – Marquardt Administration Center

Saturday March 17 Ray McElroy: The Secrets to High School Victory
And Leadership Recognition Ceremony
11:30am – Glenbard South

Wednesday, August 23 Julián Lazalde, Latino Policy Forum:
Navigating the American Educational System: An Update and the Challenge and Back to School Picnic
6:00pm – Glenbard East Cafeteria

Saturday, September 23 Ercilia Jonas: Conquering the Challenges of College Costs
10:30am to noon Glenbard West

Saturday, October 14 Ercilia Jonas: The College Admission Process and FAFSA Completion Assistance
10:30am - Glenbard East

Friday, November 3 Dr. Lourdes Ferrer: Parents in the Driver’s Seat Academy
7:00pm – Glenbard East

Thursday, January 25 Marian Proske, MA: From Use to Abuse: What Parents Need to Know
7:00pm – Glenbard East

Friday, February 2 Dr. Lourdes Ferrer: Parents in the Driver’s Seat Academy
7:00 pm – Glenbard East

Saturday, February 3    Dr. Lourdes Ferrer: Grooming for Excellence Academy and SAT Math Review for Students (English)
11:00-2:30 – Glenbard East

Saturday, April 21           Dr. Ferney Ramirez: 10 Keys to School Success
11:30am – Glenbard East

Childcare will be provided.
Translation headsets are available for all GPS programing upon request.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Glenbard Parent Series announces 2017-2018 Glenbard Common Read and Parent Reading List

Our students have their summer reading and here are summer reading suggestions for parents. Please join us in the next school year when we welcome these authors  (and many others) as part of GPS 2017-18.     Our 2017-2018 speaker lineup is posted under Upcoming Speakers at glenbardgps.org

Glenbard Common Read: Enrique's Journey  
with Sonia Nazario  August 23, 2017 at 7pm Glenbard East

The Glenbard Parent Series has selected Enrique's Journey as its Common Read for 2017. Enrique's Journey first appeared  in the Los Angeles Times as a Pulitzer Prize winning series written by reporter Sonia Nazario. Nazario expanded the article into a book which has won numerous awards and is on the  required reading list of many colleges and high schools across the country. Many Glenbard students will be reading the middle school version of this book. This national best seller is the story of a Honduran boy's search for his mother in the US, the struggle of a family to unite and their fight to heal deep
wounds. In the book Nazario asks questions about the economic, social and human factors in the debate about America's newcomers. Please join us when we welcome Sonia Nazario to Glenbard East at 7pm on Wednesday, August 23 as part of the Glenbard Parent Series.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Susan Engel, PhD, speaks to GPS on The Hungry Mind: Keeping Kids Inspired, Curious and Motivated

Susan Engel (left) & Deborah Meyer
The Glenbard Parent Series hosted Susan Engel in a presentation based on her book "The Hungry Mind" last night.  Glenbard East parent Deborah Meyer shared the following takeaway: "Dr. Engel presented a fascinating discussion on the need to foster curiosity to cultivate our children's love of learning, enhance their intrinsic motivation and create lifelong learners.  After the early years, ages 1-3, adolescence is the second most powerful time of developmental change filled with passion, mastery and natural intellectual interest.  If that interest is piqued, they will learn at a deeper level and then memory and happiness are enhanced. Parents can help by serving as good role models - ask questions as an opening for further inquiry and use meal time as a relaxed and informal time to cultivate curiosity."

Resource Links

Web site for Susan Engel here

You Tube:  The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity here

Susan Engel's blog:  Young Minds/Psychology Today here

By George! Curiosity is Really Necessary (summary of the Susan Engel event)

Why do children love that little monkey still? Because, the creator of the beloved Curious George, has always let that little monkey follow his curiosity. No matter where it might lead him, no matter what funny, outlandish or awful situations might occur, children have wanted to accompany George to find out, “what will happen if…”

Apparently, we all have much in common with George. Susan Engel, PhD, a developmental psychologist, and author of the best-selling book, The Hungry Mind, believes that curiosity is essential when it comes to children learning. Her evening,  April 27th, Glenbard Parent Series presentation, held at Glenbard East High School, provided parents and educators with data-based evidence that while children come into the world with an intrinsic, natural curiosity, once they enter school, their curiosity steadily diminishes. Why?

Engel explains, that starting in infancy, as Jerome Kagan, a noted early childhood developmental psychologist observed, “Children use their curiosity because they have a need to resolve uncertainty or to explain the unexplainable.”

“Infants follow patterns and absorb familiar routines. If something doesn’t fit into their known pattern, infants have a ‘novelty detector’ and try to figure out why the anomaly exists.”

Citing the 1984 data of researchers, Tizzard & Hughes, Engel says that when children are two to three years old, they ask, on average, between 27 to 100 questions per hour. By the time they are old enough to be in a classroom situation, their questions drop to an average of just 4 per hour.

According to Engel, “Curiosity is the single most important tool to get students to want to learn something. Curiosity helps students to: 1) learn information quicker; 2) retain information longer; and 3) learn information at a deeper level.”

Sadly, students’ curiosity diminishes the longer they are in school. Engel explains that  teachers don’t foster curiosity in students because they are fearful of getting off track with planned classroom activities and won’t be able to cover the course material required.

Finally, Engel believes that the greatest influences on a child’s curiosity, at any age, are the following:

1) Role-models - parents and teachers need to express curiosity regularly.
2) Encouragement - parents and teachers need to encourage children; and
3) Security - parents and teachers need to create an environment where a child will feel secure enough to express curiosity, even if it requires risk-taking or results in failure.

So maybe when it comes to your student’s academic environment, it’s okay to “monkey around.”

Suzanne Burdett is a freelance writer and a former Glenbard parent

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Andrew Solomon discusses "Far from the Tree: Love No Matter What" at GPS event on April 11 2017

Andrew Solomon & Katie Scherer
On April 11, 2017, the Glenbard Parent Series hosted author and psychologist Andrew Solomon in a presentation called Far from the Tree: Love No Matter What. Glenbard West parent Katie Scherer shared the following takeaway: "Andrew Solomon gave a very moving presentation about how various conditions that were once viewed by our society as disabilities are being reframed and reclaimed as identities. Regardless of the nature or extent of our own children's differences, we as parents can make the choice to accept these differences as gifts and love our children because of them, rather than in spite of them. Having differences is human, not lesser."


Distance from the Tree is No Measure of Some Fruit’s Quality

“It’s like finding those apples that have already fallen from the tree. They may be smaller, or have blemishes, or be oddly shaped. But when you bite into one, you find that they can be sweeter than any still hanging on the tree. And you shouldn’t ignore ‘em, but gather ‘em up, and use ‘em, same as the others.”

That’s how a literature professor of mine once described Sherwood Anderson’s town of misunderstood characters in his ground-breaking novel, Wine’sburg Ohio. Published in 1919, the novel focused on the lives of townspeople struggling with unconventional personalities or difficult personal challenges which made them feel inferior or unaccepted in a world that demanded conformity.

This analogy came to mind when I attended Andrew Solomon, Ph.D.’s presentation for the Glenbard Parent Series at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center on April 11th entitled, Far From the Tree: Love No Matter What.

Solomon, a clinical psychology professor at Columbia University and Weill-Cornell Medical College and director of the University of Michigan Depression Center, is the author of the best-selling book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity and his presentation synthesized the basic message in his book, “What are the means by which parents can raise children successfully, giving them a sense of identity even when those children are challenged with disabilities such: as autism, Down syndrome, dwarfism, deafness, or mental illness like schizophrenia? How do parents give their children what it takes to survive and thrive despite societal prejudice associated with transgender, gay or lesbian sexual identification?

Ironically, these are some of the very same issues that Anderson’s characters struggle with in Winesburg, Ohio. And though the novel was written with an honest and bold compassion and forthright simple style, the world in 1919 did not yet know what to make of such subject matter, and it took twenty years for the critical acclaim to build for Anderson’s book, which is now considered one of the best novels in American literature.

Still, it has taken decades upon decades for our societal mores to accept that which is not considered mainstream. And there are some individuals who would argue that we still have a ways to go.

Solomon explains that when it comes to having children that do not conform to the “accepted” standard, a parental influence on their child has its limits. But parental love for their child does not have limits.

What do we really need to understand when it comes to the love between a parent and child? Solomon uses his own mother’s words for clarification, for she would say to him,

 “The love for your children is unlike any other feeling in the world and until you have children you cannot know that love.”

Solomon asserts that it is all about the power of that love and what it can do to help children at a disadvantage to not only, “survive but thrive.”

When it comes to individuals, Solomon explains that there are two kinds of identity. The first he refers to as Vertical Identity, which includes elements like the language you speak and your ethnicity, those things that you have in common with your parents. The second is Horizontal Identity, those attributes that you do not have in common with your parents, like deafness, mental illness, or Down syndrome.

When Horizontal Identities are discovered by parents in their children, they try to “change” their children to help them better assimilate into society. After all,  parents are supposed to help “change” their child. Discipline is the parents’ job, to teach their child right from wrong, manners, and so on.

Consequently, Solomon differentiates between parental love and acceptance for a child. Most parents love their child, but acceptance is different. Acceptance takes time. And the lack of it doesn’t mean an absence of love.

There are three kinds of acceptance, according to Solomon: 1) self-acceptance; 2) family acceptance; and 3) community acceptance.

With gentle humor, Solomon used his own experiences as a young homosexual man, to help the audience understand how different times were, what it was like to grow up in an America that was not open or accepting of what was once referred to as, “alternative lifestyles.”

The strides which have been made by the medical and scientific communities to overcome certain disabilities has societal ramifications and needs to be examined within the context of “social progress.” For example, most children right now who are born deaf, are given a cochlear implant. And there is now a drug which can be administered to children born with dwarfism, which over time, prevents the stunted growth. But what are the social implications for those individuals who currently live and thrive with those disabilities?

Solomon explains that the bonds of love we have for our children go far beyond the scope of our understanding. Dylan Klebold was one of the gunmen responsible for the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. His mother never gave an interview regarding the incident until 2012 when Solomon interviewed her for his book Far From The Tree and posed the following question.

“Even knowing ahead of time, what a terrible crime Dillon would commit, knowing the pain that he would inflict on the lives of so many people, if you had to do it all over again, would you still have Dylan?”

Her response was that even in knowing what pain would come from his birth, she would still do it, raise him all over again, because he meant so much to her and she so loved him.

Solomon’s distillation? “We take care of our children because we love them and we love them because we take care of them.”

In a broader context, Solomon suggests that we can all make a choice to love and accept any child with a disability. And parents of children with disabilities should seek out and get to know parents of children with different disabilities, not just those whose kids have the same exact disability that their child has.

Resource and supportive information abounds: on the internet for example, in the way of Solomon’s TED talk; or attending the Glenbard GPS series; or by contacting your public school, county, or medical community’s social services.

Solomon’s message is clear; there are many aspects of parenting children with disabilities that can be thrilling, exciting and rewarding.

Even when it comes to the transgender issue, Solomon explains that people seek a “fixed” identity. If transgender is “allowed” then all genders are called into question. Apparently, ambiguity is what makes people uncomfortable.

Still, Solomon is convinced that, “We need diversity for the ecosystem of kindness in our civilization. Being different doesn’t equal ‘lesser.’ ”

Finally, Solomon explains that empathy cannot be taught because it is a visceral feeling, “I see that you’re sad, and now I too feel sad.”

However, compassion can be taught. “I see you’re sad. How can I make you feel better?”

He didn’t say it outright, but  perhaps one can infer, that parents can and should teach their children compassion. Only then can we have a society filled with compassionate adults.

Maybe it doesn’t really matter how far the apple falls from the tree, or even it the apple came from the same tree at all. What matters is whether or not you embrace that apple and throw it in your bushel to be enjoyed, even loved, as all the others.

written by Suzanne Burdett, a freelance writer and a former Glenbard parent

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Expert Panel discusses Tough Teen Topics on March 22 GPS event

On March 22 at Glenbard South, panels addressed Tough Teen Topics: Social Media Safety & Anxiety, Parties and Depression.  

Digital safety for teens panelists included  Robert Berlin – Dupage County States Attorney, DuPage County Under Sheriff Frank Bibbiano, and Detective Rich Wistocki – Naperville Police Department and TeenSafe.

The panel discussing Anxiety, Parties and Depression included Judge Christopher Stride, Patrick McGrath PhD, Justin Wolfe LCPC, CADC, CRC and Linda Lewaniak LCSW CAADC.

Glenbard East parent Mary Rose Crimmins shares her take away:

"Talk to your teens about alcohol and drugs and the dangers they pose whether they are at a party where there is alcohol, or about to get in a car with a friend who has been drinking. Leave the party. Do NOT get in the car! Choose your friends wisely.

As a parent, you will be liable if you knowingly allow teenage/underage drinking at your home and someone gets hurt or killed as a result. It is a felony. Get to know the parents of your teenager's friends. Be sure you can trust that your child will be safe in their house where there will be no underage drinking.

Another topic that was discussed was depression. Depression can happen to anyone. A teen can have a lot of involvement in school, be high functioning and social but become isolated, lack drive and might self injure to punish oneself. Also, depression, anxiety and teen pressures can sometimes lead to alcohol and drug abuse. Spend dinner time with your teens, listen to them, don't judge, and be there for them if they need help."

To view the video of this event "Tough Teen Topics", please click HERE

Resource links: 

Keeping Kids Safe on their Devices (Detective Wistocki’s presentation)
Juvenile Justice Online Website (mentioned by Detective Wistocki)
Adolescent Depression (Justin Wolfe’s presentation)
Linden Oaks Behavioral Health  Dr. Jason Wolfe's website
Anxiety Centers of Illinois  Dr. Patrick McGrath's website
Eating Recovery Center, Illinois  Linda Lewaniak's Website

Chicago Tribune article covering this event

A panel discussion featuring the Naperville high tech crime unit director and other experts warns parents of potential ways teens can get in trouble online and by…

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Carol Ann Tomlinson speaks on Balanced Parenting For Successful, Independent and Safe Youth Who Thrive

On March 2  the Glenbard Parent Series hosted Carol Ann Tomlinson on the topic Balanced Parenting for Independent Youth Who Thrive on March 2, 2017 at Glenbard West High School.

Glenbard West parent Karen Lilly shared this take away:
 "As parents we must model the values we want our children to embrace and model how we deal with our mistakes.  Teach kids to be thinkers and problem solvers and  create opportunities for mistakes so they can learn from them and see the value in making them. Strive for a growth-mindset instead of a fixed-mindset. Encourage them to give their best effort but make school about learning and not a grade. Household chores teach responsibility, and remember we may not agree with their actions/decisions, but we need to show them unconditional love, always."

 Dr Carol Ann Tomlinson (left)
and Karen Lilly

Resource Links (click on text)

Parent Notes from this event with Dr. Tomlinson

Web site for Carol Ann Tomlinson, PhD