Audience members share takeaways from
three GPS presentations
Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) speaker Michael Thompson (above) gave three fantastic presentations yesterday. His presentations were very well received by parents, educators and community leaders.
Kristen Daniels, director development & social responsibility at B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County, attended Thompson's noon presentation regarding "The Pressured Student: Adolescence is Hard Work." "I heard Dr. Thompson emphasize that children crave meaningful relationships and the desire to be useful. This calls perfect attention to the social responsibility side of our mission," Daniels said. "I look forward to partnering with all the other resources/individuals who were in the room today to help provide volunteer opportunities, mentoring and engagement to those students. We want to help fuel that "out of the classroom" education that builds confident, well-rounded and successful kids. And if we help achieve those goals, we might be building our own pipeline of future employees one day. Dr. Thompson's description of a great kid would also make for a great colleague."
Glenbard West parent Diane Sakach attended "How to Raise Responsible and ConfidentTeens" last night. "Every style of parenting creates its own dynamic yet the overriding goal is to develop responsible children, those who can meet the moral demands of life," Sakach said. "Focus on the big things like integrity, empathy and self-discipline by creating a consistent framework and by role modeling. Strive to know,accept and love your child's individuality because the will to be oneself is part of their transition to adulthood."