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.

“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


Typical Tween/Teen Behavior or Cause for Concern?

November 27th, 10AM
Saxe Middle School Auditorium
Speaker: Tracey Masella, LCSW

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.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Preschool & Elementary Program: Tantrums, Toys and Traditions: How to Survive the Holidays!

November 28th, 10-11AM
New Canaan Library, Lamb Room
Speaker: Barbara McLaughlin

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.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

YWL Empowering Women Series: Healthy Meals in a Busy Lifestyle

November 29th, 9:30-11AM
NC Historical Society, Lindstrom Rm
Speaker: Laurie Findeisen, Certified Wellness Advisor

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!

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

High School Risky Behaviors

December 5th, 7PM
NC YMCA, Wagner Room
Speakers: Mike Topazio and high school leadership students

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.

YWL Empowering Women Series: Financial Fitness

January 24th, 9:30-11AM
NC Historical Society, Lindstrom Rm

Common financial challenges that women face will be explored in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Participants will also be given techniques to teach kids financial responsibility. You will
walk away with easy to digest practices women can start using right away.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  


Joint Elementary PTC Meeting: What is (Wrong) Right with my Child?

February 12th, 9:30AM
East School
Speaker: Alexandra “Bunny” Potts

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.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

Tween/Teen Program: Building Extraordinary Relationships with our Kids Through Daily Conversations

February 27th, 7PM
Saxe Middle School Auditorium
Speaker: Amy Alamar, EdD

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.

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Free Ticketshow details + $0.00 (USD)  

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
  • Overindulgence
  • Parallel Parenting – Working as a Team
  • Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Positive Discipline
  • Pressured Child (social, academic, athletic)
  • Puberty & 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