Parenting

... A Little Help Figuring It Out

These webinars for parents of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children are packed with real-life strategies and tips to help you and your children not just cope, but thrive.

Presented by the MIT HR Center for WorkLife and WellBeing

Starting Strong: Back to School and the Gradual Return to “Normal”

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Presenters:

Briana Casey, B.A.; Navigator, EdNavigator

Chris Espinoza, M.A.; Navigator, EdNavigator

After a year of pandemic disruptions, it’s important to know how to support your child’s success in class and beyond. What information matters most for your child to stay on track? How do you know if your child mastered grade-level skills from a year of remote learning? You may have already received diagnostic assessment data, or you may not have any clear and concrete data from school about your child’s progress thus far. Join EdNavigator’s team of expert education advisors to learn about effectively deciphering information coming home from school, and strategies for resetting home routines and transitioning back to “normal” school. There will be plenty of time for Q&A to ensure you walk away with some of the helpful and practical guidance that all families need in this complicated time for education.

Help Anxious Children with Mindfulness

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Dana Asby, M.A., M.Ed.; Parenting Teacher and Coach, Peace at Home Parenting Solutions

Many children have been experiencing increased levels of anxiety this year. Some are nervous about going back to school, interacting with peers again, or catching Covid-19. When families understand how childhood anxiety works—and their role in lowering or raising it—they can better support their child. Join me to learn how to use mindfulness to address anxiety. After this class, you will be able to: 

  • Recognize common causes of childhood anxiety
  • Identify family dynamics that contribute to childhood anxiety
  • Apply mindfulness strategies to reduce anxiety, for yourself and your child

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Technology and Young Children: How Much Is Too Much?

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Cora Megan, M.A.; Parenting Teacher and Coach, Peace at Home Parenting Solutions

Screen time is increasing rapidly, and parents are wondering, “How much is too much?” This flash class will share the current screen-time recommendations for young children and address why limiting screen time is important. We’ll offer guidelines for choosing high-quality media as well as alternatives to the virtual babysitter.

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Choosing Quality Child Care

Presenter: Kathy Kasabula, B.A.; Program Specialist, MIT Center for WorkLife and WellBeing

These monthly introductory discussions are specially designed for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care. Each session addresses your different infant and toddler child care options, what child care costs, how to find and evaluate your child care choices, planning your parental leave, and the transition to parenting.

These sessions are open to the entire MIT community, and will be offered during the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, September 1, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

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Parent Coaching

Adjusting to life as a new parent? Need advice on how to support your child’s or teen’s social and emotional needs? Consult with an expert parenting coach to discuss your questions or concerns.

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School and Educational Support

Looking for guidance on how to support your child’s academic success after a year of remote or hybrid learning? Connect with an expert education advisor who can help your family navigate and succeed in the current educational environment.

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