On September 19, we hosted our first “Parenting Teen Series,” in which we invite “professional practitioners to present real-world parenting skills and conversations about teen realities.” Matt McDonald, a local middle school assistant principal, presented “Supporting Your Teen’s Education & Understanding Their Technology.”

As I sat amongst parents of both preteens and older teens, I too was grateful for the wisdom that Matt shared from his education and parenting background. Matt asked thoughtful questions such as, “What do you think your child being successful would look like?” I appreciated his commendation for encouraging students to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them. He reminded us that “failing” develops perseverance, resiliency, and discipline (James 1:2-4). I was challenged by his remarks on how to develop confidence in students. He concluded his presentation sharing suggestions about teen’s use of personal media. One parent remarked, “It gave me things to think about and I have already made some adjustments with my kid’s media use.”

You can view Matt’s presentation here.

Please mark your calendar:

“Anger, Anxiety, & Fears” presented by Grant Stenzel MS LCPC (Counselor, Stenzel Clinical Services)
Friday November 14, 7-8:30pm
The Parenting Teens Course, a video and conversation-style course facilitated by seasoned parents for parents of teens
Part 1: Fridays – January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13
Part 2: Fridays – February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20