It's time to begin openly discussing mental health, just like we do physical health by attending Erasing the Distance, a free community event at The Arts Center of Oak Park, Friday, November 4th at 7 pm.
Come join parents and school professionals for an in-service program at Wonderworks Children's Museum on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm helping participants understand the early warning signs of mental illness in children and adolescents, and how best to intervene to help our kids.
For many parents truly listening to their child can be a struggle. Why? Because for years our kids have listened to us, but now they’ve cultivated their own opinions, which of course aren’t ours. In fact, we may not even like what we are hearing.
Last week I sat in a packed auditorium at Mann School watching an anti-bullying assembly called The Power of One. I walked away a little bit more enlightened, and with further clarification from Monica Collins, Mann School’s social worker, I learned the importance of a consistent, clear message to kids that they all have the power to make a difference.
Talking to your teen about drug and alcohol abuse can be difficult for parent. Make those conversations easier by attending Stay Sharp, a drug and alcohol prevention program, on October 18th at Oak Park River Forest High School.
You’ve heard the news from adolescent development experts: kids who eat meals with their families are more likely to be healthier, happier kids who perform well in school. That’s good news if dinnertime equates to quality family time. . .