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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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Drew Dudley speaks to parents and students during Glenbard's Live Life Well Week

On Feb 22 and 23 Drew Dudley addressed students at all Glenbard high schools as part of Live Life Well Week.

Drew Dudley spoke to students as part of Live Life Well Week.

On Feb. 22, the Glenbard Parent Series hosted Dudley in a program at the College of DuPage entitled Everyday Leadership: Celebrating he Simple Actions That Improve Each Others Lives.

Glenbard South parent Ann Marie Andexler shared this takeaway:

Drew Dudley with Glenbard South
parent Ann Marie Andexler
"If we hope to matter, lead and make a difference we need to plan for it.  Know why you matter. Know and define your core values and create opportunities to live them. Once established youth can use these core values to help them in their decision making. Work hard to make your grades extraordinary and then work twice as hard to make them the least impressive thing about you. "

Drew Dudley shares his slides from his leadership presentation to parents:

Creating Cultures of Leadership Slides  

Resource links (click on text): 

Robert Crown Center for Health presents Raising Healthy Teens: Sex Ed on February 16 2017

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families presented Raising Healthy Teens in the Digital Age: Get the Conversation Started with the Robert Crown Center for Health Education on Thursday, February 16th, at the Marquardt Administration Center. Becky McFarland Community Initiatives Coordinator for the DuPage County Health Department shared this take-away:

Becky McFarland
Community Initiatives Coordinator

Parents should have ongoing discussions with their kids so that when they need to make their own decisions they have a solid foundation to make the healthy choice. Keep your sense of humor and use the media and real life situations as a way to begin these challenging conversations. Be clear about your values and talk facts rather than beliefs. Teens needs accurate information to help protect them from the pressures that are real. Be open to their questions so you can be an askable adult!

Resource Links (click)

Notes: Raising Healthy Teens in a Digital Age: Sexual Health Workshop for Parents (pdf)

Website for Robert Crown Center for Health Education

Handout: Sex Education in the Digital Age Parent Resources (pdf)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Robert Crown Center for Health presents Raising Healthy Teens: Substance Abuse Prevention on February 8

On Feb. 8, the Glenbard Parent Series and Robert Crown Center for Health presented Raising Healthy Teens in the Digital Age/Drug Abuse Prevention.

Parent appreciates Raising Healthy Teens tips

Mia Cosillo
Glenbard South parent Mia Cosillo shared this takeaway:  "Start the conversation early and keep it going. Set boundaries, and be prepared to follow them. Know the risk level of your children. Model healthy ways to handle stress. We have to understand the reality of their world. Social media can make teens feel isolated, leading to a heightened sense of being unworthy. Know their friends. It was interesting to learn about the social host laws that hold parents accountable - if they knew or should have known about alcohol use in their home, if parents provided the alcohol or not, or if parents were home or not, they are legally responsible."

Event Summary

Get the Conversation started focused on the reality of the multiple messages that children receive daily that form and influence their decision-making.  So where do parents come in?

We have to understand the reality of their world...sometimes the isolation that teens may feel - as different and not a part of their school experience - the reality is they feel a "heightened sense of being unworthy"  Figuring out where I fit can lead to trying alcohol or other substances...how do parents talk to their children before experimentation begins?

It starts early...5th grade...8th grade and by 12th grade majority of kids try drinking or smoking.

What's the Perception that parents have of their child's use....

Monitoring the Future Study 2010
Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health 2011:

Parent: 5% believe their teen used marijuana
Children: 28% self-report using

Parent:10% believe their teen drank alcohol
Children: 52% self report drinking

Parent: 3% admit giving their child medication NOT prescribed for them
Children: 22% say they were given medicine not meant for them by their parents

How do we get the message out to parents that we begin healthy conversations with our kids when
they are young...we have to be more self-aware of our own habits...drinking and how we choose to
handle stress...

Set boundaries...and be prepared to follow them
Ongoing conversation...
Supportive relationships...
Know the risk level of your children...
Know their friends... social hosting

One more...don't think you child won't experiment. They are kids...wired to test
limits and needing your guidance and early conversation and trust.

Bottom line is this truth:  Teens agree that YES  their parents would feel youth's using drugs or alcohol is "wrong" or "very wrong"

Contact: Robert Crown Center for Health Education Kris Adzia, Director of Education  kadzia@robertcrown.org

Resource Links

You Tube Video:  Why are Teens so Moody?

Website for Robert Crown Center for Health Education

Raising Healthy Teens Drug Prevention in the Digital Age Handout

Friday, February 3, 2017

Pamela Randall-Garner speaks on Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice

On Feb. 2 the Glenbard Parent Series organized a workshop on Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Justice:  The Skills of Building Peer Relationships for a Safe School Climate with Pamela Randall-Garner of CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning).

Glenbard West parent Michelle Nothvogel shared this take-away.  " It was great to learn about restorative practices and social discipline happening in our schools with its approach to build empathy, compassion and its focus on how ones behavior affects others. Being reminded about the importance of trust, humor, and making sure everyone has a voice and is heard was also very useful."


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Author David Sheff speaks to GPS on Jan 25 & 25 on "What Happened to my Beautiful Boy"

A Fathers Journey Through His Son's Addiction

David Sheff
From David Sheff:  "Drug abuse is America’s greatest challenge—it impacts every other societal problem you can name. We’ve ignored it because it has been our great shame. We’ve viewed drug use
as a problem of morals, character, and criminality rather than what it is: a health crisis. As a result,
drugs are now killing more people in our nation than any other non-natural cause. A person is dying every 19 minutes. We can change the course we’re on, but only when we reject the status quo and adopt new prevention strategies that address the underlying causes of drug use. When we do, we will make our cities safer, help families stay together, help our children grow up healthier, and save countless lives."

Parent appreciates honest insights re: substance abuse

Glenbard West parent Molly Murphy 
The Glenbard Parent Series presented "What Happened to My Beautiful Boy; A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction" at Glenbard North on Jan. 24.  Glenbard West parent Molly Murphy shared this takeaway: "David Sheff shared a raw and honest program, reminding us that addiction is a medical disease and not a character flaw. We need to get past the stigma of mental illness, depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse and be better informed about their connection. We need to not only share the success of our kids but also their struggles.  Listen more, act early and love our children for who they are and not who we want them to be."

Friday, December 9, 2016

GPS event helped parent learn new social media trends

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families presented Tweens,Teens and the Tech Trends of Today with Liz Repking on Thursday, December 8 at the Community Consolidated School District 93 in Bloomingdale

Liz Repking and Lynn Dugan
Glenbard West parent Lynn Dugan shared the following takeaway:  "I hope to teach my teens to make good decisions regarding social media and cyberspace in general but the landscape is challenging because it is ever-changing. Of course, we need to model good online behavior and help kids understand 'What goes online stays online.' This presentation gave me a chance to learn new things (have you heard of Kik?) and equipped me for the important dialogue I want to continue with my kids."

View the presentation on the Glenbard Parent Series YouTube Channel here

Liz Repking's Cyber Safety Consulting web site here