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

Paying For College: Knowing the Options

Tuesday, October 22, 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 College Advising

While students are working diligently to get into college, parents—and some students—are facing the daunting question of how much college will cost. This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the various resources and strategies families use to cover college expenses. Families will learn:

  • Where financial assistance comes from and how to maximize eligibility
  • How aid eligibility is determined and tricky caveats hidden in the fine print
  • The most effective way to appeal the initial financial aid award or negotiate for more funds
  • Effective strategies to employ when spending assets on college tuition
  • Key considerations when selecting the right education loan

Is Your Child on Track? Decoding Report Cards and Test Scores

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: E25-401 (Whitaker College)


Timothy Daly, M.A.; Co-Founder, EdNavigator

Elysa Severinghaus, B.A.; Master Navigator, EdNavigator

Grades, scores, tests, and codes! Parents now have access to more information than ever, but understanding how your child is doing in school still isn’t easy. In this seminar, educational experts will teach you how to interpret school information, determine areas where your child is thriving or struggling, and help your child succeed in elementary, middle, and high school. Topics include:

  • An overview of common report card ratings and codes
  • What terms such as “Progressing” and “Meeting Expectations” really mean
  • How to know if your child needs additional support or more challenging work
  • What questions to ask your child’s teachers
  • Tips for supporting your child’s learning at home
  • Summer learning opportunities

The Sex Talk: So Embarrassing, Yet So Necessary

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Vienna Rothberg, M.S.W., M.P.H.; Program Manager, Pleasure@MIT

Birds, bees, storks, and peeps. It may not be easy, but talking to your child(ren) about sex will play a crucial role in their development, help them to understand their bodies, and establish healthy values, beliefs, and boundaries. So, ditch the animal-themed euphemisms and join MIT’s resident “sexpert,” Vienna Rothberg, for an honest, straightforward talk on…well, “The Talk”! This interactive seminar will:

  • Educate you on the benefits of teaching your child(ren) about sex early and often
  • Answer questions, such as When should I start talking to my child(ren) about sex? and How do I start the conversation?
  • Provide information that will help you confidently answer your child(ren)’s questions about sex
  • Include tips for knitting age-appropriate information about sex into commonplace discussions

Bullying and Cyberbullying Basics (Webinar)

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, Torchlight

According to recent studies, around 1 in 4 children are bullied in school by the age of 18 — and over half of teens admit to being bullied online. Sadly, most of these kids never tell an adult. Join this webinar to learn what you can do to prevent bullying, how to recognize the signs of bullying, and how to help your child if bullying occurs. 

 Register through Torchlight

Homework Madness: What School is Hard (Webinar)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Leslie Josel; Principal and Founder, Order Out of Chaos 

By November, you and your kids may already be overwhelmed by the nightly homework battle. There's too much; there's no time; it's too hard. What's a parent to do? Join this webinar to learn how to help your child (and yourself) contend with the nightly assignments that are taking over your family's evenings and creating frustration and exasperation all around. Take home some important lessons both you and your child can use to win the homework battle! 

 Register through Torchlight

PSAT: What a Score Means and Why It Matters (Webinar)

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Allie Kirchner; Senior Academic Advisor, Revolution Prep

Understanding the PSAT and how to interpret and use your child's scores are important first steps in the standardized testing process. Preparing for and taking the PSAT can help set your child up for maximum success on the SAT or ACT, which in turn, will help him or her fare better in the college admissions process. This webinar will offer insight into the PSAT and why it's important. You'll also learn:

  • How to convert PSAT scores to predict your child's SAT or ACT score
  • Which test your child should take based on his or her PSAT score
  • How to compare your child's PSAT score to scores of other students in the state
  • National Merit Scholarship opportunities for high-percentile students

 Register through College Coach

Your Child's Mental Health (Webinar)

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

While some children internalize their stress making you unaware of it, others might lash out with inappropriate behaviors. This webinar offers an exploration of children's mental health, social pressures, and hidden emotional issues that may be impacting your child's internal and/or external behavior. 

 Register through Torchlight