Adult Track attendees choose one of the following breakout workshops:
A Mom’s Guide to Surviving the Social Jungle
Presented by Lisa Kaplin, Psy.D., CPC
Gear up, moms (and dads)! Are you exhausted and stressed over trying to figure out your child’s social life? In this workshop, we’ll take a look at some of the challenges in kid and teen friendships: queen/king bees, exclusivity, and unfriendly behaviors. We’ll also explore our adult friendships, and how we may be inadvertently modeling the same unfriendly behavior that we want to discourage in our youth. We’ll discuss techniques to manage social challenges, so that your child can thrive, not just survive.
Presented by Drew Yanke
Resilience is a key factor in the growth of emotional and social intelligence. In this workshop we will explore the three key factors to resilience; I AM, I HAVE and I CAN each of which has influence on resilience, but by themselves cannot accomplish the task. We will discuss strategies that can be applied at home and school and 10 tips to increased resilience and your child, all of which will help your child be able to navigate the social world.
Frenemies, Toxic Friends, and True Friends
Presented by Kimber Bishop-Yanke
Our kids’ world of friendship is filled with hot/cold friendships, transactional friends, and if they are lucky, true friendships. Learn how to support your children in making friends, being a true friend, handling conflicts in friendship, and when friends are hot/cold and unfriendly. Learn strategies and the words your child can use for unfriendly situations. Our children’s friendships set the stage for healthy relationships in their adult life.
A Chip Off the Old Block - How Parent Groups and Volunteers Can Positively Impact School Culture
Parents and guardians regularly volunteer as PTA members, band and athletic boosters, classroom assistants, club and scouting sponsors, chaperones for field trips and dances, and in many other roles in schools across America. We make a huge impact on school culture, but could we be inadvertently reinforcing a culture that supports mean-spirited behavior and bullying? We will examine how parent volunteers can best model the behavior we expect from students. We will also discuss practical, easy-to-implement tips for membership recruitment, event planning and communications, so that parent groups and volunteers can create a welcoming and inclusive environment for the students and families they serve.
Stop the Madness! A Healthy View of Youth Sports
In the past 20 years, the landscape of youth sports has changed dramatically. The recreational aspects and higher values learned through team sports are being replaced with a highly competitive sports culture and “win at all costs” approach. And kids are dropping out of youth sports at an alarming rate. As a parent, educator and coach it’s so easy to get swept up in the changing tide of youth sports in our culture and miss out on the bigger picture - what’s best for our kids. Join us in a conversation as we identify the new trends shaping youth sports, weigh out the costs and unintended consequences and discuss strategies to help find the balance for the sake of our kids.