Parenting

...A Little Help Figuring It Out

These seminars and 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.

Get Involved: Enter the Digital Universe of Your Tween/Teen

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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

Presenter: Jill Walsh, Ph.D., M.P.A.; Researcher and Lecturer, Boston University

It’s no secret that digital technology and social media have an impact on our tweens and teens. But in what ways and to what effects? Why are they always on their phones? And what exactly is going on with Fortnite?

This seminar will outline the landscape of tween and teen digital media use, and provide insights for parents trying to navigate this world with them. Parents will leave understanding what draws their children to the digital space, and how to engage in productive conversations about technology consumption.

Quality Time: Using Play to Support Your Child’s Learning and Development

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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


Presenter: Kori Bardige, MS.Ed.; Early Childhood Special Education Consultant and Founder, Learning Circle Consulting


Play is often described as the important work of childhood, but parents can find it challenging to shift gears, change pace, and feel successful engaging very young children in play. In this workshop, we will get in touch with our playful selves and explore the ways in which we can use play to create joyful connections and enhance children’s learning. We will practice techniques for back-and-forth conversations to enhance children’s language development, and learn how to use “Powerful Interactions” to turn everyday experiences into fun learning opportunities. Together, let’s re-discover the joy of play!

Raising Bilingual Children

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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


Presenter: Suzanne Flynn Ph.D.; Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition, MIT


How might being bilingual benefit your child? What is the best way to go about raising a bilingual child? Whether you are anticipating or already raising a multilingual child, this workshop will help guide you through that process. The discussion will include a review of the research on the effects of bilingual experiences on children’s language development, as well as the social factors that can help children acquire and maintain fluency in more than one language.

Hack Your Mind: The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:00pm

Building: 66-144 (Landau Building)

Join the  MIT Radius monthly Hack Your Mind series, where guest speaker, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair, will speak about the impact technology has on your relationships with the people you care about. During this program, you will learn about how the Internet and the digital revolution are profoundly changing childhood and family dynamics. Solutions parents can use to successfully shepherd their children through the technological wilderness will be offered. Hack Your Mind is co-sponsored by Community Wellness at MITMedical  and MIT Radius. To learn more about the Hack Your Mind Series, go to: http://radius.mit.edu/programs/hack-your-mind-big-disconnect-protecting-childhood-and-family-relationships-digital-age. Registration not required.

Helping Your Anxious or Depressed Child (Webinar)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Are you worried that your child is anxious, depressed, or otherwise experiencing symptoms related to academic stress, social pressure, or other challenges of childhood? This webinar will help you recognize the signs and offer a range of options for helping your child.

When School is Hard (Webinar)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Is your child struggling in school? Do you suspect this isn't just a case of your child's needing to "try harder?" This webinar will help you understand the learning, attention, and organizational issues that can affect your child's school experience, as well as strategies and resources available to assist.

Choosing Quality Child Care

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.

Choosing Quality Child Care sessions, which are open to the entire MIT community, are held monthly from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in Building NE49-5000.