The Teen Years and Beyond

... Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our 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 HR Center for WorkLife and WellBeing

Academic Loss: What Really Helps?

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

Students are facing academic loss after this year of school-format changes and increased absences. How can you address the loss and strengthen understanding? Evidence suggests that the most effective starting point is to build empathy. Compassion will help you embrace this academic challenge as a family and, ideally, as part of a compassionate community. This class will identify effective strategies to build a strong academic foundation with your child. After this class, you will be able to: 

  • Recognize specific concerns related to academic loss
  • Apply strategies that support your child’s school success with a useful, fresh perspective
  • Reflect on ways you can join with your community to work toward greater understanding


Planning for College: Maximizing Your Child’s Success

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Christine Kenyon, M.A.; Director of Educational Counseling, Bright Horizons College Advising

High school is the critical time to help maximize a student’s potential for success in college admissions. With close to 4,000 options, complexity in admissions is at an unprecedented high. Key topics covered include:

  • How colleges evaluate applications
  • Planning the ideal high school academic program
  • Putting together a strong college list
  • Tips for choosing a topic and crafting a strong essay
  • Valuable ideas for a successful application
  • Suggestions for avoiding some common application pitfalls
  • How to narrow options and select the best college match for your child

Paying for College: Knowing the Options

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Presenter: Jeanne Mahan, 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

Tweens and Teens: Planning for Independence

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter: Autumn Cloud-Ingram, L.M.S.W.; Parenting Teacher and Coach, Peace at Home Parenting Solutions

As children enter adolescence, they have a natural desire for independence. Teenagers’ desire for freedom can be scary for parents/caregivers; however, independence is what gradually turns your adolescent into a healthy adult. After this class, you will be able to: 

  • Recognize key factors in adolescent brain development that influence behavior 
  • Identify factors that make independence during adolescence “risky” 
  • Recognize the consequences of restricting independence 
  • Identify and apply steps to help your teen plan for situations that strengthen their independence


PSAT: What a Score Means, Why It Matters

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

Presented by Bright Horizons College Coach

Understanding the PSAT, and how to interpret and use your student’s score, are important first steps in the standardized testing process. Preparing for and taking the PSAT can help set your student up for maximum success on the SAT or ACT, which 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 will also learn:

  • How to convert PSAT scores to predict your student’s SAT or ACT score
  • Which test your student 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

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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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College Admissions and Financial Advising

Wondering how your family will navigate the college application process and financial landscape? Take advantage of expert, personalized guidance on the college admissions process and how to finance your teen’s college education.

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