Recorded Class

Raise Happy Children: Parenting for Optimism and Resilience

30/11/2021 12:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Parents sometimes feel discouraged when their children want more toys, the newest technology, or the coolest sneakers that they believe will make them really happy. And maybe those things will work…for a few hours or a couple of days. What really makes our kids happy? How often do we get caught up in what media tells us will bring joy into our lives? 

Research tells us that “things” don’t really make us happy. While temperament is inborn, parents can actually help children increase optimism (positive outlook and hopefulness) and resilience (ability to effectively bounce back from challenges). These capacities are strongly connected to well-being and success. You will examine your day to day interactions and consider approaches that will increase these important traits in yourself and your children. You will also gain the courage to set limits on “stuff” and focus on what counts in building a happy family. 

Ages
Parenting Essentials School Age
Tags
cooperation health safety Teen
Recorded Class

Raising Digital Natives with Character

09/11/2021 8:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

This interactive presentation will address the use and over-use of technology used for homework, leisure, socializing and the challenges it presents to families. Learn practical strategies parents and children can use to truly embrace this new digital frontier without fear and within reason. Included will be strategies to: 

● Teach your children digital citizenship 

● Develop an open conversation for the unpredictable 

● Help your child develop a strong moral filter 

● Support your child’s social life online and off 

Ages
School Age Teens & Young Adults
Tags
safety screen time technology
Recorded Class

Teens in Love: Romantic Relationships, Dating and Health

13/10/2021 12:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Learning to have romantic relationships and deal with sexually maturing bodies are essential tasks of healthy teen development. As the parents, you may feel as unprepared as your kids feel to navigate this ever-changing stage. While adolescents sometimes act like they know it all, they often feel vulnerable and unprepared for the social and sexual realities of romantic relationships. And the same may be true for you – maybe you are wondering how do I support exploration and independence while keeping my child safe, especially during these challenging times. 

Participants in this class will be able to 

● Apply steps to navigate teens’ romantic relationships with trust, compassion, clarity and consistency 

● Identify strategies to balance monitoring with trust 

● Recognize the connections between physical and romantic relationships with parental relationship health

Ages
Teens & Young Adults
Tags
communication independence safety Teen
Recorded Class

Help Your Child Feel Safe in an Unpredictable World (The Hartford)

20/04/2020 12:00 pm EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for The Hartford.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

It can be a challenge to help your child feel safe when the world around us and the media are constantly showing fearful events. Children are especially at risk if they have not learned skills to cope with fear and other stressors. In our complicated world, it is particularly important for parents to recognize that we are the filters through which our children see that world. 

Participants in this class will be able to: 

  • Develop perspective during difficult times 
  • Identify anxiety and stress 
  • Define self-regulation and co-regulation and help children do the same 
  • Identify and apply strategies that help both adults and children feel safer even in difficult times 
Ages
School Age Teens & Young Adults
Tags
anxiety emotions safety
Recorded Class

Parenting Digital Natives in the Information Age (The Hartford)

03/03/2020 12:00 pm EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for The Hartford.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

This interactive presentation will address the use and over-use of technology used for homework, leisure, socializing and the challenges it presents to families. Learn practical strategies parents and children can use to truly embrace this new digital frontier without fear and within reason. Included will be strategies to: 

  • Teach your children digital citizenship 
  • Develop an open conversation for the unpredictable 
  • Help your child develop a strong moral filter 
  • Support your child’s social life online and off           
Ages
School Age
Tags
safety screen time technology
Recorded Class

Parenting Digital Natives in the Information Age (MIT)

11/05/2021 12:00 pm EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for MIT.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

This interactive presentation will address the use and over-use of technology used for homework, leisure, socializing and the challenges it presents to families. Learn practical strategies parents and children can use to truly embrace this new digital frontier without fear and within reason. Included will be strategies to: 

  • Teach your children digital citizenship 
  • Develop an open conversation for the unpredictable 
  • Help your child develop a strong moral filter 
  • Support your child’s social life online and off  
Ages
School Age
Tags
safety screen time social media technology
Recorded Class

Parenting Teens: Effective Discipline

27/07/2021 8:00 pm EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Parents often think that if you figure out what punishment will make your child miserable enough, they will then cooperate. You may be surprised to learn that research has shown that this is a myth. You can sometimes scare or threaten your child into following directions but you will not get improved behavior in the long run. This class will help you recognize the difference between discipline and punishment. You will also gain 5 practical strategies to teach discipline to your tween or teen. 

Ages
Teens & Young Adults
Tags
behavior discipline listening misbehavior rules safety
Solution Series Library

Helping Educators Support Student Success

Challenges & Solutions

Our Solution Series Libraries are developed around a specific parenting challenge. Each Series includes a collection of hand-picked, easily digestible (15 min+/-) videos which unlock a key piece of the parenting puzzle.  Read our summary of this Series below then click on each lesson to access the class description, video, handouts, and information about our Expert(s). 

Parents, students, and teachers have all endured the challenges of an unusually tough year that has led to academic and social loss for many. The Support Student Success series for educators offers inspiration and strategies educators can use to help students enter the classroom with confidence, character, and the tools they need to succeed. This series covers clear, actionable ways to inspire meaningful conversations and develop routines at home that support social-emotional health, reduce conflict and foster a sense of gratitude and safety. Gain the information and techniques needed to support students to confidently re-enter school, collaborate, establish routines that work, and look towards graduation, and beyond. 

After this session, educators will be able to:

  • Help students advocate for themselves
  • Invite students into decision making
  • Collaborate with colleagues to help build support for student interest
  • Establish/Re-establish routine
  • Use mindfulness to teach self-regulation at home and at school
  • Understand developmental stages for school-aged kids
  • Provide opportunities for independence
  • Value progress and effort over product and behavior
  • Identify red flags for learning
  • Help students look towards graduation and beyond
  • Support the Social Emotional Health of Gifted Student

Essential Library:
Strengthen the Home-School Connection: Academic and Personal Goals
Promote Independence and Foster Character
School Success: Inspire Motivation and Engagement for Educators
Help Students Feel Safe in Challenging Times

Extended Library:
Reflective Practice in Action to Elicit Deeper Understanding
What Our Students Need: The Power of Identity
Approaching Graduation and Beyond
Support the Social Emotional Health of Gifted Students for educators

Ages
Educator
Tags
character college connection conversation emotion feelings goals graduation home identity independence motivation news relationship safety school success understanding values
Solution Series Library

MIT OEOP Parent Solutions Library

Challenges & Solutions

Our Solution Series Libraries are developed around a specific parenting challenge. Each Series includes a collection of hand-picked, easily digestible (15 min+/-) videos which unlock a key piece of the parenting puzzle.  Read our summary of this Series below then click on each lesson to access the class description, video, handouts, and information about our Expert(s).

Congratulations – your child is a successful student who has been recognized for their talent and achievement. 

Now, what steps can you take to help them cope with teen emotions and get ready for independence? 
For gifted students and their families, acceptance into a rigorous program is just the beginning. Help your child be ready for a bright future – support them to:

  • Manage stress
  • Recognize the importance of self-care
  • Find balance between commitments and connections
  • Build “emotional intelligence” that will strengthen mental health
  • Communicate in positive ways that deepen relationships

These quick recorded classes give you tools and information to help your child make the most of this opportunity and set them on the path for success.


Ages
Teens & Young Adults
Tags
arguments brain development communication confidence cooperation discipline emotions fighting friendships gifted students independence motivation patience relationship relationships safety school self care stress teens
Solution Series Library

Parenting Children with Special Developmental and Emotional Needs

Challenges & Solutions

Our Solution Series Libraries are developed around a specific parenting challenge. Each Series includes a collection of hand-picked, easily digestible (15 min+/-) videos which unlock a key piece of the parenting puzzle.  Read our summary of this Series below then click on each lesson to access the class description, video, handouts, and information about our Expert(s).

This series addresses ways to support your child with high or special social and/or emotional needs. Many parents of children with special needs report higher than average levels of stress and conflict.  Children with special needs may not respond to the discipline techniques that work for other children. Diagnosis like Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and anxiety require behavioral support strategies that are specific to each child’s needs. Effective discipline is built on empathy and a balance between flexibility and consistency. It’s time to stop just surviving and get the tools you need to thrive and enjoy your relationship with your child as you support their growth and development.

Classes included in this series address:

  • Helping your child to make and maintain friendships
  • Helping your child get the most out of therapy
  • Supporting your child with anxiety or depression  
  • Applying positive discipline for children with ADHD
Ages
Parenting Essentials PreNatal Infant School Age Special Needs Teens & Young Adults Toddlers & Preschoolers
Tags
add adhd anxiety autism behavior bullying counseling depression discipline discouraged friendships misbehavior peer pressure problems refusal relationships sad safety school sensitive special needs therapist therapy worry