The Teen Years and Beyond

... Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our seminars and webinars will help you develop the parenting style that best meets your teen's needs, and provide you with a wealth of information and practical suggestions to navigate through these exciting but challenging life experiences.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center

Majors to Careers: Supporting Your Teen's Career Development

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Sally GangaM.A.; Director of Educational Counseling, Bright Horizons Education and College Advising


It can be nerve-racking, for both parents and teens, when college students don’t have an answer to the question, “What do you want to do?” Parents may wonder how the student will move from a major into a career, or even whether a specific major is required to be successful. Before devoting a significant amount of time and money to a four-year college, parents and students should think about their educational goals and how to achieve them. In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • What majors mean and don’t mean
  • How a potential major can impact the college search
  • Possible career paths based on different majors, and potential growth careers of the future 
  • How to make use of resources at the high school and college levels
  • How to support a student in the discovery process


Saving for College: The Importance of Getting an Early Start

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Shannon Vasconcelos, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, Bright Horizons Education & College Advising

Saving for college can seem like an insurmountable task, and selecting the right savings plan causes anxiety for the majority of families. Parents and grandparents have many questions about the best ways to start saving for college when children are young. This workshop provides an introduction to the tax advantaged savings plans commonly used to plan for future college expenses. A College Coach expert will educate families about:

  • Choosing the right savings plan
  • How decisions today may impact eligibility for future financial aid
  • Common strategies used to save and pay for college
  • Key considerations regarding financial flexibility, control, and taxation to keep in mind throughout the process

Successful College Scholarship Strategies

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156(Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Jan Combs, Ed.M.; Senior Manager, College Finance, Bright Horizons Education and College Advising

A basic web search for the word “scholarship” yields nearly 200 million results. Many parents—particularly those with minimal or no need-based aid eligibility—are counting on scholarships to reduce their children’s college costs. But with so many options, most families don’t know how to efficiently find scholarships for their children. This program will streamline the scholarship search process, teaching you how to:

  • Understand the difference between college-based and privately funded scholarships
  • Strategically develop a college list to maximize college-based scholarship funding
  • Identify the best sources of outside scholarships and avoid scams
  • Organize the scholarship application process
  • Fit scholarships into an overall college finance plan

U.S. College Admissions 101

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-3951 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Stuart Schmill, ‘86; Dean of Admissions & Student Financial Services, MIT

The college admissions process can seem opaque and complex. If you have a child who is applying to college, it can be difficult to determine what role to play, what help to give, and how to give it. This seminar can help. It will give you insight into the current college admissions landscape, including how college admissions offices make decisions. You’ll get some practical tips on helping your child navigate through this exciting but challenging experience.

Trouble in Cyber-dise: Recognizing Screen and Gaming Addiction in Children (Webinar)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Janell Burley Hofmann, Author

Digital media are a ubiquitous (and fun) part of modern life. But could your child's refusal to put away the Xbox or smartphone be negatively impacting his or her health, relationships, and mental well-being? And exactly how much media use is too much? Learn how to identify "red flag" behaviors that could signal a potential screen addiction. Then, find out what steps you can take to help your child regain a sense of balance both inside and outside of the digital world.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Latest Research and Treatment (Webinar)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Andrew Schlegelmilch, Ph.D.; Clinical Psychologist and Consultant

April is National Autism Awareness Month. Please join us for an in-depth examination of the latest research on diagnosis and treatment of ASD. With a look at best practices for both home and school, this webinar offers a wealth of information for parents at the beginning or in the midst of their family's journey with ASD.

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Advocacy Strategies and Your Child's IEP (Webinar)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Robert Mortorano; Principal, Bergen County Special Services School District

You've been through the evaluation process and finally signed off on your child's IEP. Now, it's time to make sure that the school is implementing the special education and other IEP services as described. This webinar offers practical advice for advocating for your child with school officials—classroom teachers, the IEP team, and the school principal. Join this webinar to learn how to be an effective advocate, and how to pursue next steps, if necessary.

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Before You Borrow: Exploring College Finance Options (Webinar)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Beth Feinberg Keenan, M.B.A.; Senior Manager, College Finance, Bright Horizons Education & College Advising

Financing a college education is a big commitment that can affect students and families for decades. There are many considerations when financing an education, including who should borrow, how much, and what types of programs to consider. Making the best decision requires a clear understanding of the different ways to finance education and the long-term consequences that go along with borrowing. This webinar will provide:

  • An overview of available financing options
  • Information on borrowing: who should do it, how much to borrow, what to consider when cosigning, and how to plan beyond the first year
  • Tools to calculate the true cost of borrowing loans factoring in fees, interest, and repayment terms

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Supporting Your Child's LGBTQ Identity (Webinar)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Stacey Harris, J.D.; Associate Director, Disability Services, Boston University

Growing up is hard to do. When you have a child who is LGBTQ, there may be some extra challenges (and opportunities) along the way. This webinar helps parents understand what helps—and what doesn't. Invite other family members who might benefit from learning how to best support their loved ones who are LGBTQ.

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