Weston parents and students invited to Family University

weston-teen-talk-parentsWeston High School is hosting a series of presentations geared to helping families improve their relationships and reduce the stress of teen years.

Each presentation will take place Thursday, March 21. They will focus on providing parents and their children with tips to enhance their communication skills and adapt to the school environment.

The event runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and includes dinner.

One presentation is designed specifically for parents. It will be given by Kim John Payne, M.Ed., who regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents and therapists. During his lecture, Mr. Payne will discuss issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates; attention and behavioral issues at home and at school; and emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self esteem.

In addition to Mr. Payne’s lecture, parents may attend an interactive discussion with their children, led Michelle Albright, the director of Youth Services for the town of Weston.

During her presentation, “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Children, Choices and Conseqences,” Dr. Albright will provide parents with tips and tools that will help them support (not stifle), empower (not enable), and influence (not incite).

She will also help children learn strategies to get their parents to listen (not lecture), respond (not react), and and consider (not condemn).

Student panels

There will also be two presentations for students that will be led by a panel of Weston High School juniors and seniors.

One will focus on preparing eighth graders for high school. The panel will educate the students on social pressures, academic stressors and the overall transition into high school.

The other presentation will help sixth and seventh graders to cope with the pressures of their pre-teen years. The panel will address a variety of topics including how to develop positive peer relationships, understanding the problems with cliques, academic pressures and lunchroom politics.

To attend any of the presentations, interested participants must rsvp to Andrea Russo. She may be contacted at 203-291-1405 or [email protected]; the email must include the parent’s name(s,) the student’s names(s,) and the student’s(s) grade level.

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