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.

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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


Maximizing Sibling Interactions, Minimizing Sibling Rivalries

March 28, 9:15 AM

South School, South Hall
Speaker: Bunny Potts

Foster healthy sibling relationships while learning when to step in, and when to stand clear of sibling bickering and conflict.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

Developing a Technology Plan for Your Family

March 30th, 9:30AM
West School, Brow Bag Theater
Speaker: Jake Kircher

Take the guesswork out of parental controls and create a technology plan that works for you and your family. Learn important tips to maximize learning and minimize over exposure with digital devices.

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

Helping Your Kids Handle Stress, Worries and Fears

April 5th, 9:30AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Gain valuable insights to help you and your child feel empowered to cope with normal social, academic stresses consistent with elementary and middle school development

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

Resilience and Empowerment: Instilling a Healthy Dose of Both in Our Elementary Children

April 18th, 9:30AM
East School
Speaker: Chris Bogart, PhD

Provide an environment that fosters mentally healthy and thriving youth. Give your children valuable tools to make independent decisions and learn valuable coping strategies

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

Wonder Years – All Preschool Program: Personalities, Learning Styles and Developmental Patterns

April 19th, 10-11 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Bunny Potts

Adapt your parenting techniques to support various learning styles, personalities and developmental differences in your children

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

HAPPY HOUR: Helping Youth Make Smart, Healthy Decisions

April 20th, 7:00 PM
NCHS, Room 204/205

Rising freshmen and their families explore the ins and outs of high school transition, from schedules and extra curriculars to avoiding negative outcomes. Break-out session for youth with high school leaders

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

Wonder Years – All Preschool Program: Positive Discipline – Spring and Summer Essentials

May 10th, 10-11 AM
NC Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Stock up on ideas for preventing misbehavior and gaining cooperation as the
hot, unstructured days of summer approach

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

Summer Sanity: Tips For Maximizing Family Time

May 16th, 9:30 AM
West School
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD

Create meaningful family moments while building social competencies in your children; add engaging activities to your summer schedule that will limit bickering, while maximizing a sense of industry in your family

Price Qty
Free Ticketshow details +$0.00 (USD)  

Keep Calm & Carry On: Enforcing an Effective Summer Social Media Plan

May 24th, 7 PM
Grace Farms, West Barn Hall
Speaker: Jake Kircher

Set the rules for digital devices before the unstructured days of summer arrive. Promote a healthy balance of screen-time and other activities, while discovering screen-free solutions for summer and beyond

2016 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