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Monday, July 2, 2018

Chicago Parent Magazine and Summer Reading List

Chicago Parent Magazine just posted its suggested summer reading list of eight  "great non-fiction books about parenting". Take a closer look and you will see that four of those authors are scheduled to be a part of the Glenbard Parent Series for the 2018-19 school year.

For details on these events visit glenbardgps.org or click on the brochure icon at the right.

Explore the entire GPS summer reading list and check one book or more out at your local library. Then circle your calendar and join us for these important author events.

The four authors/books/appearance dates are:

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control over Their Lives by William Stixrud, Ph.D., and Ned Johnson (November 14, noon at Marquardt Adminstation Center and 7pm at Glenbard West)
No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls by Katie Hurley (March 13, 9:30am and noon at Marquardt Administration Center and 7pm at Glenbard North)
Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons (January 29, 7pm at COD McAninch Arts Center and January 30, noon at Marquardt Administration Center
The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—And What To Do About It by Katherine Reynolds Lewis (February 12 9:30am at Marquardt Administration Center and 7pm at Glenbard West)

Chicago Parent

8 new parenting books to add to your summer reading list

June 20, 2018
Summer reading lists are pretty common for high school and even middle school students. But what about parents? There are some great non-fiction books about parenting that have been published recently. Pick one of these books up the next time you head to the library with your little ones and know that you’ll be getting useful information and be setting a good example of reading in front of your kids. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer fun with the brain in mind

Everyday our knowledge of the teen brain expands.  Recent studies show "Risky behavior is a normal part of development and reflects a biologically driven need for exploration – a process aimed at acquiring experience and preparing teens for the complex decisions they will need to make as adults"  Next year's GPS line up brings you that latest research in ways that can be put to use immediately in your family. Circle your calendar now and please join us . Click on our 2018-2019 brochure at the right to view our event schedule, or visit us at www.glenbardgps.org for details.

Eutopia Magazine June 27 Summer fun with the brain in mind..
"Conflicts over curfews, friends, boundaries, and activities (among other subjects) always appear and sometimes magnify in the heat of summer. If a disagreement or conflict looms between parents and adolescents, and neither seems able to find a solution, go to your teen! There’s nothing more satisfying than being sought after for advice. Directly and indirectly, you enlist the help of your adolescent’s higher-level thought processes when you ask, “What can I do to resolve this?” or “Help me find a better plan that we all agree upon.” He or she begins to feel valued and appreciated, moving from the brain’s fight response into a “responder” response"

This and more from Eutopia Magazine, a great resource for parents and educators, below

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JUNE 27, 2018
A cohesive team doesn't just happen.
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Building a Positive Staff Culture Takes Work

If schools want a strong collegial atmosphere, they need to foster it intentionally—both across the school and on smaller scales.

Play is important.

Summer Fun With the Brain in Mind

Summer brain-based games for parents to play with their kids to activate the joys of learning, decision making, and questioning.

Math anxiety develops as early as kindergarten.
Credit: ©Twenty20/@darby

Recognizing and Alleviating Math Anxiety

Math anxiety affects almost half of elementary school students. Spot the symptoms and use these strategies to counteract it.

An empathy-building activity
Credit: George Lucas Educational Foundation

60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.

Preparing students with disabilities for life after school
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Prioritizing Agency for Students With Disabilities

When students with disabilities develop self-advocacy and self-determination, they can engage more effectively in their education.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Summer Reading List -- Books by upcoming 2018-2019 GPS Speakers

Our students have their summer reading and here are summer reading suggestions for adults. Please join us in the next school year when we welcome these authors (and many others) as part of GPS 2018-2019.  We are very excited to share the title of our community read to kick off the Glenbard Parent Series. Please join us.  Details on our upcoming events can be found on GlenbardGPS.org

First Class Support for College Students on the Autism Spectrum by Dr. Michael Duggan
Right College, Right Price by Frank Palmasani
The Yes Brain by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Adolescents and their Facebook Narratives: A Digital Coming of Age by Dr Jill Walsh
No Drama Discipline by Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Red Zone Fathering 48 Plays Great Fathers Make by Patrick Donohue
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School by Dr. John     Medina
Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain by Dr. Dana Suskind
Conquering the SAT by Ned Johnson
Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control over Their     Lives by Ned Johnson and Dr. William Stixrud
Fostering Resilient Learners:  Strategies for Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom by Dr. Pete Hall
Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live     Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons
Self-Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Problems by Dr. Jason Washburn
The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids are Less Disciplined Than Ever and What to   do About It by Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Even on Your Worst Day You Can Be a Student’s Best Hope by Manny Scott
The Behavior Code by Jessica Minahan
The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley
Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others by Dr. Art Markman
Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate and Get Things Done by Dr. Art Markman

Glenbard Common Read: The Things They Carried  
with Tim O’Brien  August 22, 2018 at 7pm Glenbard West

The Glenbard Parent Series has selected the critically acclaimed novel, The Things They Carried  by author Tim O’Brien  as the 2018 GPS Community-Wide Read.

Students, parents and community members alike are invited to become acquainted with this distinguished piece of American literature that fictionalizes Pulitzer Prize finalist O'Brien's experiences surrounding the Vietnam War. Here is a compelling book that displays intense sensitivity and insight into courage and fear.This international award winning novel has been translated in twenty languages and was selected in Amazon's list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Matt Quinn, Rosecrance speaks on Vaping and E-Cigarettes

The Glenbard Parent Series hosted Matt Quinn from Rosecrance Health Network at a presentation on May 1, 2018, Everything You Need to Know About Vaping.

Takeaways from this program

Matt Quinn
"Be wary of the misconception that vaping (today’s lingo for e-cigarettes) is safe. The term vaping and its association with the word vapor tricks us into thinking that the practice must be benign. "It’s just vapor, like the steam of a humidifier, right?” Wrong! Vaping is anything but benign. Vaping is the cigarette industry’s current marketing scheme to introduce tobacco and nicotine to teenagers and young adults. Why else would they design vaping devices that look like a flash drive, can be easily slipped into a pocket and hid from parents/guardians, and hold cartridges and liquid that are flavored like mango, cookies and cream, and mint? The cartridges/liquid DO contain nicotine (and in some cases marijuana) and a host of other toxic chemicals, not to mention an automatic, tissue-damaging immune response in the body of the user. The FDA needs to step up and start regulating vaping, and we need to warn our teens and young adults and be part of the movement against this risky growing trend."

 - Molly Hoerster, Glenbard West parent

"Vaping is likely more harmful than most teens realize. There are still many carcinogenic chemicals contained in the aerosol emitted from a vaping device, even though it isn't smoke. The immune system reacts in a very similar fashion to this aerosol versus smoke, causing damage to healthy lung tissue. Research has also identified damage to brain growth in teens using either nicotine or marijuana vapes. The tobacco companies are again targeting teens with flavoring agents because they know that they need to get them hooked to create lifelong customers."

-  Christine Drake, Glenbard South parent

Resource Links

JUULing: Disturbing new vaping trend among youth by Aaron Weiner, Ph.D./Edward-Elmhurst Health

E-Cigarette fact sheet from the Surgeon General 

Talk with Your Teen About E-cigarettes:  A Tip Sheet for Parents from the Surgeon General

Rosecrance Teen substance abuse services web site

Rosecrance Information Sheets/links

PSA: Juulers Against Juuling (YouTube)

Rosecrance Drug Fact Sheet:  Vaping

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Daniel Pink and Eugenia Cheng at April 24 Glenbard Parent Series event

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families hosted two important authors at a special event Tuesday, April 24: Daniel Pink and Eugenia Cheng

Pink is the award-winning author of six New York Times best-selling books, including "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us," "A Whole New Mind" and "He is Here" On April 24, Pink will discuss his newest book, "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing." Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions, but we don't know much about the science of timing. Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores, and when is the best time to take standardized tests? What is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?

Also on April 24 at Glenbard South, Cheng presented Math Music and the Mind. Cheng is a classical musician, the scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and math columnist for the Wall Street Journal. She is determined to rid the world of "math phobia". Her books "How to Bake Pi," "Beyond Infinity, Thinking Better: The Art of Logic in an Illogical World" and math YouTube videos have received international acclaim and taken her to the stage of the Late Show with Steven Colbert.

Takeaways from these events

Teacher gains appreciation for importance of timing

 From Daniel Pink's presentation based on his book "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect
James Hultgren and Daniel Pink
Timing."  Glenbard East English teacher James Hultgren shared the following takeaway: "Dr. Pink shared the latest research for helping teen-agers achieve more success in the classroom and be overall happier and healthier individuals. As a parent and teacher, I have a new appreciation for the importance of timing and scheduling. Dr. Pink highlighted how adolescents' body clocks are pushed back two hours, which explains why teen-agers stay up late and are often sleepy in the morning. He also revealed the necessity of short breaks on our cognition when studying or practicing. Finally, he shared insights into the relationship between timing and testing, deep thinking, school start time, exercise, napping and even the best time is to schedule a doctor's appointment."

Student intrigued by math, music presentation

Demetri Sepsis, Eugenia Cheng and William Sepsis
Glenbard East students Demetri Sepsis and William Sepsis attended Glenbard Parent Series presentation Logically Speaking: Math, Music and the Mind by Eugenia Cheng. Demetri Sepsis shared the following takeaway: "Dr. Cheng's presentation was incredibly captivating and piqued our curiosity in the fundamentals of music theory and how it relates to math. It was interesting to learn how the intervals between notes directly correlate to fractions and decimals. There is power in moving beyond academic subjects to connect the dots.  Math is everywhere and impacts our culture."

Resource Links
Daniel Pink on WGN Radio April 15 2018

Daniel Pink YouTube NPR interview How to have perfect timing, according to science (Jan 2018)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

GPS Event: A Day with Dr. Laura Kastner on Calm Parenting, March 8 2018

On March 8, 2018, Glenbard Parent Series hosted Dr. Laura Kastner for three events: "Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Raising Independent 3- to 7-Year-Olds"; "Getting to Calm: Cool Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens"; and "Calm Parenting for Tough Teen Topics: Healthy Relationships, Substance Use, Media Management and Worry"

Kastner is a clinical psychologist, author of several books on pediatric psychology and professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington.

Amy Crowley
Parents share takeaways from Calm Parenting workshops

The following are takeaways from individuals who attended a Day with Dr. Laura Kastner.

Glenbard West parent Amy Crowley share this takeaway from Calm Parenting for Teens: "A calm
parent is an approachable parent, and the presentation discussed parenting skills which help us to support and encourage our teen-agers in the face of challenges. Self-calming strategies can help us break the circular anxiety which escalates during parent-child discussions. The use of third-party information, such as news articles or research, can help us introduce conversations on timely topics and provide a neutral way to exchange ideas. And most importantly, emphasizing empathy and acceptance of our teens will always produce the most effective results, while we work toward eventual growth and change."

Anna Strati and Laura Kastner
Anna Strati, Glenbard coordinator for data and analysis, shared this takeaway from Cool-Headed Strategies for Raising Independent 3-7 Year Olds: "Dr. Kastner offered wonderful advice on how to reach a
calm state of mind when things get challenging. With her C.A.L.M. approach she advised parents to use breathing exercises to Cool down, to Assess their options, Listen with Empathy and here she noted that empathy doesn't mean to agree with the child but rather to validate their emotions, and to Make a wise-minded plan of action. If we understand where they are developmentally, we know they are doing the best they can."

Laura Kastner's web site HERE

Parent Map web site HERE

Parent Notes from Dr. Laura Kastner "Calm Parenting for Tough Teen Topics: Healthy Relationships, Substance Use, Media Management and Worry" 7:00 pm presentation at Glenbard West, March 8, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Resources for Parents following the Parkland shooting

It seems there are no words...

Our hearts go out to the Parkland , Florida community who suffered this unspeakable tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Here are resource links that may assist parents with the challenges of the important conversations.to help kids cope.

Talking to Children About the Shooting

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

Age-Related Reactions to the Traumatic Event

Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal

ABC's How to talk to kids and teens about the deadly school shooting in Florida - interviewed a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Takeaways and resources from A Day with Shimi Kang MD - Glenbard Parent Series events on January 31

GPS hosted two presentations with Shimi Kang MD on Wed. January 31, 2018.  Dr. Kang spoke on The Myth of Normal: Understanding Anxiety, Depression and Addiction at a noon program to Community Youth Leaders, and in the evening spoke to parents on Self-Motivated Kids. Dr Kang is an Harvard trained, award-winning physician, researcher, and author on human motivation, mental health, addictions, and wellness,

Rabbi shares takeaway from Youth Leader Forum

Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard shared the following takeaway
Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky
from our Youth Leaders Community Forum and Glenbard Parent Series program with psychiatrist Shimi Kang, MD yesterday.

"Optimal health and learning can't take place when our kids are in the flight, fight and freeze response to stress. Thanks to the neuroplasticity of the brain there is much we can control.

Dr. Shimi Kang reminds us to get back to an intuitive parenting style concentrating on POD - Play (healthy exploration), Others (more social connectedness-less technology), and Downtime (relaxed wakefulness). Activities that are critical for our kids, along with simple breathing techniques, adequate water intake, exercise, and sleep. Simple is not easy. Knowing is not doing.

When helping our kids problem solve, we need to consider a dolphin style of parenting - firm yet flexible (neither authoritarian like a tiger, nor permissive like a jellyfish). Show empathy; ask permission to help; let them come up with a solution we can support; and show our optimism about the outcome. Working with our kids in this way will help them develop the necessary 21st century skills."

Parent appreciates message about importance of adaptability

Ted Estes and Shimi Kang, MD
Glenbard West parent Ted Estes shared the following takeaway from last night's Glenbard Parent Series program with Shimi Kang, MD called The Self-Motivated Kid: Raising Happy, Healthy Kids Today.

"It really struck a chord when Dr. Kang listed the most important strengths for success in the 21st century ("Consciousness Quotient"): creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. The most important life skill that we can be teaching our children is adaptability. For me, this sums up what I have been trying to do with my children - and I am sometimes successful in doing so!"

Lake County chief of the juvenile trial division gains solutions that address the challenges of raising healthy youth

Claudia Kastin, Chief, Juvenile Trial Division, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, shared the following after hearing Shimi Kang MD speak on "The Myth of Normal: Understanding Anxiety, Depression and Addiction":

"Dr. Kang is an engaging speaker who provides simple, concrete and understandable solutions that
Claudia K. Kasten and Shimi Kang, MD
address the challenges of raising healthy youth. Her focus is on helping each individual realize that the solutions are within themselves if they accept three key principles: (1) Simple is not easy; (2) Knowing is not doing, and; (3)Doing leads to being. She offers hope that we as parents and community leaders invested in youth have a real opportunity to change the current stress filled environment to one that is focused on achieving  health and well-being. I am so fortunate to have had this opportunity to be enlightened . She is a speaker not to be missed!"

Resource links for Dr. Shimi Kang

Website for Shimi Kang MD HERE

Website for the Dolphin Kids Achievement Programs HERE

TedTalk: What one skill = an awesome life? | Dr. Shimi Kang | TEDxKelowna HERE

Notes from the evening presentation with Dr. Shimi Kang HERE (in PDF)

Friday, December 15, 2017

Managing Holiday Stress from The Family Institute at Northwestern University

As the holidays approach and our high  school students  prepare for their final exams we may all be in need of suggestions  for managing stress. 

Validating and  naming our emotions is the first step  in controlling those feelings,. Don't deny the feelings but help your teen build an emotional vocabulary to better cope.   Also, Deborah Gilboa MD a recent GPS presenter reminded us  that encouraging our children to  seek professional help while living at home reduces the stigma when at a later date -like college- professional help may be necessary.  Thanks to the Family Institute for the  tips below.

Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays are times for joyous celebration; enjoying gatherings for family and friends; and having that second pumpkin pie. These same cheerful traditions can cause copious amounts of stress and worry. Here are some ways to tackle the upcoming holidays in a happy and healthy way:

Validate your feelings. Some people will try to ignore feelings of sadness or loneliness to maintain the holiday spirit. Ignoring these feelings can only increase over time and affect your overall mood during the holiday season. Rather than ignore them, make sure to be aware of your feelings and how they are impacting you. This also can give you insight into other strategies of how to handle what is bothering you.

Engage in social activities. Go to your friends’ Christmas open house or to your local religious community. Visit your neighbors or family members. When feeling an increase in sadness or loneliness around the holidays, you should make an effort to see those you care about as feeling isolated only increases feelings of depression. If you do not have friends or family available, you can try participating in your local community or religious community.

Give back to your community. Participate in other holiday activities in light of the season of giving by giving back. Donate toys or buy a Christmas gift for a family in need. Spend time at a food drive, homeless shelter, or even food pantry. Giving back can provide a fulfilling sense of happiness.

Budget your finances. Holiday shopping and sales are endless during this time of year. Make sure to set up a financial budget ahead of time before the shopping takes over your wallet. This can aid in preventing unwanted financial burdens as the New Year rolls in. Perhaps create new traditions of white elephant gifts or secret Santas for larger groups of family or friends as ways to monitor your financial stress with gifts.

Try something new. Traditions are wonderful and can provide nostalgic happiness for some. For others, it can cause impending dread or worry around having to do the same thing each year. Instead, trying something new can make holidays feel more refreshing. This can be anything big such as traveling for the holidays with your family or even smaller such as adding a holiday game or new dish to your spread.

Set aside your airing of grievances. Many families have unresolved issues or unrealistic expectations around gatherings. It is best to try and address these concerns outside of holiday gatherings to avoid unnecessary negative outcomes. Rather than discuss these concerns in the throws of holiday planning, try to set aside time to discuss these issues at a later date as not to make it a focal point during the holiday.

Continue your healthy habits. Many people choose to overindulge during the holidays. Try not to change your eating or sleeping habits during this time. Both greatly impact mood and can significantly affect your holiday cheer during festivities. 

Manage your time. It is easy to get caught up in all of the planning of festivities that you forget to take time to enjoy these activities. Try preparing for things ahead of time as not to overwhelm you the day of such as delegating chores, cooking/freezing food ahead of time, or take time to complete tasks that are important to you.

Seek professional help. If you find that some of these feelings are continuous or exasperated as time continues, it may be helpful to seek professional help. The holidays can bring up many things for so many people such as loss of loved ones, issues in relationships, or reflecting on disappointments. Talking with a professional can assist with developing skills to best manage these continued concerns.

The Family Institute at Northwestern University brings together the right partners to support families, couples, and individuals across the lifespan. As researchers, educators, and therapists, we work with our clients and PARTNER TO SEE CHANGE.