Helping Kids and Parents Thrive
Navigate Adolescence is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing kids and their parents the tools needed to navigate adolescence with confidence, resilience, and kindness.
MY PARENTS GET ME Keys to Connecting with Your Children
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Presented by Mary Ellen Young
Join us for a parent presentation, coffee, and conversation on Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove.
In today's demanding, over-scheduled, digital age, connecting to our children may be harder than ever but it's essential to developing a mutually beneficial, healthy relationship. Harsh discipline, unreasonable expectations and lack of presence are amont the factors that interupt this connection.
In this interactive workshop, we will:
- Explore how healthy connectin looks and feels
- Learn what gets in the way of connection
- Discover the ups and downs of obedience, discipline and punishment
- Strategize ways you can immediately start to forge a stronger connection with your family
Presenter, Mary Ellen Young, co-founded Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence (now "Navigate Adolescence") after serving eight years on the District 58 Board of Education. She has researched girls, relational aggression, and how to build social emotional skills for two decades, and has led a variety of parent and educator workshops on topics including bullying, resiliency, and social emotional learning.
COMPASS FOR BOYS
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Registration is now open for Compass for Boys. Don't miss this exciting and fun-filled day for 4th and 5th grade boys. The goal of Compass for Boys (formerly HEROES) is to enhance fourth and fifth graders’ social emotional skills, including; self-awareness, managing emotions, problem solving, developing healthy relationship skills, becoming more empathic, and understanding power. This full-day workshop, being held at Henry Puffer Elementary School, starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m., and consists of small group break-out sessions which include mini-lessons, interactive experiences, team building challenges and action-packed games with the goal to provide boys with the opportunity to learn and share while having fun. Exciting games, pizza, a backpack, and an "amazing race" style finale will be included in the fun day!
COMPASS FOR GIRLS (Formerly Chick Chat)
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Compass for Girls is a fun full-day retreat geared specifically to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade girls. Participants spend time in small group break-out sessions led by professional counselors and social workers, and engage in topics and activities such as:
- Creating self-awareness and practicing self-acceptance
- Tackling tricky friendship topics
- Learning stress-relief and mindfulness techniques
- Enjoying action-packed team challenges
Registration opens on January 18 at 9:00 a.m.