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.
“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
April 24, 9:15 AM
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD
Identify activities and opportunities that foster social success, responsible decision making and leadership, while strengthening your child’s resilience and self-confidence.
May 2, 7 PM
Rising freshman and their families explore the ins and outs of high school transition, from schedules and extra curricular to avoiding negative outcomes. Breakout session for youth with high school leaders.
May 15, 9:30 AM
Speaker: Meg Domino, PhD
Create meaningful, age-appropriate experiences for your elementary children and your entire family, while avoiding the chaos that often accompanies the hot days of summer.
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
- 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
- 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