Strengthening Families

CARES strengthens families by raising awareness on current, controversial and challenging issues facing families today. These cutting-edge programs are research-based and vetted by local parents and educators.

Our aim is two-fold; 1) to assist parents and caregivers of preschoolers, through college-age children to identify and resolve common parenting challenges using a variety of large and small group formats, and 2) enhance parental connections with their children, and facilitate productive family interactions.

To request a program topic, click here.
For a complete listing of this year’s topics, see below.

New Canaan Cares, Parents Program
New Canaan Cares, Parents Program
New Canaan Cares, Parents Program

“CARES provides speakers that discuss timely and relevant topics for our New Canaan families. I personally find at least one “take away” skill or point on parenting in each presentation I attend.”

Susan M., Parent, elementary, middle and high school

Programs

Puberty Yikes!

March 1, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School, Auditorium

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Gain a better understanding of the physical and emotional changes that occur during adolescent development and learn how you can support your children through these roller-coaster years.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

8th Grade Networking: Raising Your Radar on Risky Behaviors

March 6, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School, Auditorium

Speakers: Tammy Nettleton & Meg Domino, PhD

Navigating the social and emotional landscape while supporting their independence and monitoring unhealthy risks.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

6th Grade Networking: Staying Ahead of the Next Curve

March 7, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School, Auditorium

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD
Get a preview of some important boundaries that keep the sailing smooth, the respect level high and the social media challenges at bay with your sixth grader.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Building Resilience and Striving for Balance in Your Family

March 13, 9:30 AM
West School

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Help your child and entire family sharpen their coping skills, while crafting a plan to bring balance to your rigorous home, school and social lives.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Building Resilience in Your Family: Preschool and Elementary Families

March 15, 10 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD
Gain valuable insight to help you
and your child feel empowered
to cope with normal social,
academic and emotional
stresses consistent with
elementary development.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Building Resilience in Your Family: Preschool and Elementary Families

March 15, 7PM
HALO Studios

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Gain valuable insight to help you and your child feel empowered to cope with normal social, academic and emotional stresses consistent with elementary development.


5th Grade Networking: Spring Fever

March 21, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School, Auditorium

Speakers: Steve Clapp & Meg Domino, PhD

Spring fever has hit, join us for a healthy discussion of how to approach this season with confidence, enthusiasm and some essential boundaries.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

7th Grade Networking: Spring Surprises

March 27, 9:30 AM
Saxe Middle School, Auditorium

Speakers: Steve Bedard & Meg Domino, PhD

Channel the chaos and distractions, while keeping your 7th grader motivated to finish the year strong, as the days of winter blossom into the crazy days of spring.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Scheduling Meaningful Activities and Setting Boundaries

April 17, 9:30 AM
East School

Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Get ahead of the curve by preparing now for a spring and summer full of meaningful experiences, traditions and age-appropriate boundaries that will build resilience and self esteem for summer and beyond.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

2017 Program Topics

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Birth Order & Development
  • Body Image & Eating Disorders
  • Boundaries & Limit Setting
  • Cars and Curfews
  • Cliques, Exclusion and Other Mean Behaviors
  • Cyber Safety
  • Dating & Intimacy
  • Decision Making & Leadership
  • Developmental Milestones – physical, social, academic
  • FriendSHIFTS & Frenemies
  • Independence & Responsibility
  • Navigating the Party Scene
  • Nutrition & Health,
  • Organizing your Family
  • Overindulgence
  • Parallel Parenting – Working as a Team
  • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Positive Discipline
  • Pressured Child (social, academic, athletic)
  • Price of Privilege
  • Puberty and Development
  • Resilience & Self-Confidence
  • Self-Care
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Social, Emotional and Physical Changes
  • Social Networking/Monitoring Technology
  • Strengthening your Family Bonds (volunteering, traditions, moments)
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Transitioning to Kindergarten, Middle School and High School