2023-2024

Parent Education Series

Presented by:

Sponsored by: Matthew and Brittney Papadopoulos

Join us for an informative and interactive series of presentations and book discussion groups designed to help make parenting in today’s world a little less challenging.

Each presentation will:

  • address real-life challenges through a research-based lens

  • offer practical strategies and effective techniques to navigate modern parenting and education challenges

  • provide connection with other parents in a supportive community

  • discuss content applicable to parenting children from Young Fives to 8th grade

  • be followed by a relevant book discussion group in the days/weeks after the presentation

THURsday, FEBRUARY 8 at 5:30-6:50pm

* ends in time for the Band & Orchestra concert, which begins at 7:00pm

Walking the Screen Time Tightrope: Fostering a Healthy Approach to Screens and Online Activities for Ourselves and Our Children

What does the current research say about what constitutes healthy use of digital media (video games, social media, etc.) and how can we achieve that elusive balance? This talk is designed to equip parents with the knowledge and tools to create a healthy relationship between their children and screens. Learn how to set boundaries, encourage non-screen activities, and promote a positive online experience for your children.

The event will take place in the AIC at Emerson School, and is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. An RSVP is required at the link below. We hope to see you there!

RSVP HERE

THURSday, MARCH 14 at 5:30-6:50pm

* ends in time for the Band & Orchestra concert, which begins at 7:00pm

Subverting Toxic Achievement Culture

In today’s fast-paced world, the pressure to succeed has never been higher – even as young as Kindergarten! But when does healthy ambition turn into a toxic cycle of stress, anxiety, and burnout? We will delve into the heart of toxic achievement culture, exploring its origins and unveiling its detrimental effects on the mental and emotional well-being of our youth. We will explore how to foster a healthy environment for youth to thrive, free from the burden of unrealistic expectations.

The event will take place in the AIC at Emerson School, and is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. An RSVP is required at the link below. We hope to see you there!

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Our Presenters:

Carrie Berkley has been a counselor at Emerson School since 2001. She is currently the lower school counselor. She has also been a middle school cross country coach for 15 years. Carrie has a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from San Jose State University. Along with over 22 years of experience working with children and families she is also a parent of two, now grown, children. Needless to say, she endured her own anxiety provoking moments as a parent and provides both a professional and personal perspective.

Becky Gracia is a licensed clinical social worker with over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and other learning disabilities. Becky uses a variety of experiential and expressive therapies as the main tools in her therapeutic work, including mindfulness, art, nature and adventure-based interventions. Becky often works closely with parents to support them in helping their child(ren) to better manage anxiety and other big emotions. Becky has been a therapist at Arbor Psychology Group for the past 5 years and has partnered with Emerson for the past three years to provide clinical services to students and teach mindfulness in the lower school. Becky is also a mom to two children, ages 8 and 6. She feels fortunate to be able to relate to other parents about the challenges, joys and humor that comes with parenting.

Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson is a licensed clinical and macro social worker with an MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan. She joined the Emerson faculty as the middle school Health teacher in 2018 and more recently as the middle school counselor since 2021, but her first affiliation with the Emerson community was as a parent, as her two sons attended Emerson from Kindergarten through 8th grade (2011-2022). Those sons are now 15 and 17 years old, so she is in the thick of managing parental and youth anxiety both at work and at home! Prior to Emerson she worked with a variety of populations ranging from pregnant/parenting teens to older adults and their caregivers, designing programs to provide support, education, and resource advocacy. She has also enjoyed conducting qualitative research to enhance service provision for local nonprofits.