Thursday, January 28, 2016

Laurence Steinberg speaks at two GPS events 

on Jan. 26 & 27, 2016

Parent takeaway and Resource Links

Glenbard South parent Eva Schuchardt shared the following takeaway from last night's Glenbard Parent Series event with Laurence Steinberg, author of "The Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence:" "Self-control is the best predictor of success in school and life. To enhance self-control, practice authoritative parenting (provide warmth, be involved, have high expectations and support autonomy). Know that what we do matters. We influence our children much more than their peers or social media.  You can't love your child too much. Attend school functions.  Know their friends. Be the hangout house. Adapt your parenting style to fit your individual child's needs - each child will be different.  Kids need rules and boundaries that are set and consistent. Be clear on the consequences.  Avoid harsh discipline and yelling. Be respectful, always."

Resource Links

Parent Notes from Janury 26, 2016 event

"Age of Opportunity", notes from Chapter 7

YouTube: Steinberg Presentation on January 27, 2016

Dr. Laurence Steinberg's Web Site

Monday, January 25, 2016

Drug Facts Week begins this week, Jan. 25-31

 Drug Facts Week will be observed from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31 in DuPage County with educational events for parents, educators and other community members. Among the highlights will be speeches (all free) by a national expert who will explain teen behavior and what takes place in a teen’s brain.
The focus of Drug Facts Week is educating youth and parents (using science) and shattering the myths that surround teens who are tempted to use drugs and alcohol.
PLT and Robert Crown are partnering to develop and market a drug facts conversation guide for parents. A copy of this guide is found HERE
The PLT is also partnering with the Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) to bring in a national behavior expert, Dr. Laurence Steinberg, to speak to parents, educators and health professionals about myth-shattering research-based information on the capacity of the teenage brain. Steinberg will also provide insights on the links between brain development and decision-making and risk-taking in adolescence.
Steinberg will speak on Jan. 26 and 27. All presentations are free:
  •  Jan. 26—Steinberg speaks at 7 p.m. at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center. No registration required. Info found at Glenbard Parent Series web site
  • Jan. 27—Steinberg speaks at 8 a.m. at the DuPage County Health Department, 111 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT. Register by visiting and clicking on the events tab.
  • Jan. 27—Steinberg speaks at noon at the Community Consolidated School District 93, located at 230 Covington Drive, Bloomingdale.
  • For more information on Drug Facts Week and the Drug Facts Week conversation guide, please visit Robert Crown (website) or
 In line with Drug Facts Week, an interesting article that was published on titled, “The New ‘Just Say No to Drugs’”. You can view this article by clicking this link; 

A free webinar will be held on Jan. 28 or Feb. 2  titled, “Emerging Teen Drug Trends and Treatment Options”. You can learn more and register for this webinar by clicking this link: