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
March 9, 10-11 AM
Support social and emotional development of your preschooler while developing skills that provide a firm foundation for academics
March 14, 9:15 AM
Foster healthy sibling relationships while learning when to step in, and when to stand clear of sibling bickering and conflict.
March 14, 9:30 AM
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.
March 15, 10-11 AM
Empower your preschooler to practice basic friendship skills while developing a sense of self-control and boundaries.
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
- 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