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.
“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
October 25th, 7-9PM
Most of us have fleeting ideas of what we want to be, do or have in our lives. But they remain just that: fleeting. In this workshop, you will gain the tools and time to create a powerful vision board that will help anchor you to your dreams.
November 1st, 9:30AM
Tips on how to talk to your children about their emotions and changes in physical development.
November 13th, 9:30AM
Just like adults, some kids have a hard time managing anxiety caused by stress. Understand what causes anxiety and explore simple strategies to better manage stress and anxiety for both kids and parents. Learn helpful tips for more effective communication with your kids to help navigate the tricky terrain of childhood.
November 27th, 10AM
What is “typical” behavior for the adolescent and what is cause for concern? How do you keep a conversation going with your tween/teen when the door seems to be shutting? Learn what to expect during the middle school years and learn parenting tips to help your child manage their social emotional landscape.
November 28th, 10-11AM
This workshop will help you prepare for the holidays. We will explore tips for common holiday challenges: handle tantrums, prioritize important family activities, whittle down gift lists and more. Learn how to re-focus on the giving aspect of the season.
November 29th, 9:30-11AM
This workshop will focus on a time-tested approach to healthy eating for the entire family (even picky eaters). Learn how to get the biggest bang for your buck for optimal health without spending hours in the kitchen!
December 5th, 7PM
Have a teen? Come talk about distracted driving, vaping, prescription medication abuse and risk taking – hear from our students on the most effective ways of communicating with your teen on these tough topics.
February 12th, 9:30AM
Do you ever wonder why your child acts a certain way? Learn how to understand and celebrate your child as the unique individual he/she is! Discover ways to appreciate and nurture your child even if they are very different from yourself or siblings.
February 27th, 7PM
Raising healthy children with an ability to sustain meaningful relationships is a challenge even in the most ideal situations. Add on hormones, attitude, personality and technology – welcome to the tween and teen years. Based on Amy’s new book The Parenting Project.
2018-2019 Program Topics
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Birth Order & Development
- Body Image & Eating Disorders
- Boundaries & Limit Setting
- Cliques, Exclusion and Other Mean Behaviors
- Cyber Safety
- Dating & Intimacy
- Decision Making & Leadership
- Developmental Milestones – physical, social, academic
- Independence & Responsibility
- Nutrition & Health,
- Organizing your Family
- Parallel Parenting – Working as a Team
- Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
- Positive Discipline
- Pressured Child (social, academic, athletic)
- Puberty & Development
- Resilience & Self-Confidence
- 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