...A Little Help Figuring It Out

These sessions 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.

Screenagers—A Film and Discussion About Growing Up in the Digital Age

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Filmmaker – Delaney Ruston, M.D.; Documentary Filmmaker and Primary Care Physician

Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average child spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time wasted and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In Screenagers, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, we welcome you to discover surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists in this extraordinary and timely film.

Raising Children Who Care About Others and Their Communities

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building NE49-5145 (5th Floor, T-Lab)

Presenter – Luba Falk Feigenberg, Ed.D., Psychologist, Educator, Researcher and Consultant

Children face complicated situations that challenge their notions of right and wrong every day. Parents and caregivers often struggle to talk with their children about these situations and to help guide children’s social and ethical development. This presentation will share research about children’s social, emotional, and ethical development and will describe the skills that contribute to success in relationships, in school, and in life. Strategies will be shared for building empathy and perspective taking, and for helping children to be more compassionate in their everyday interactions. 

Raising Bilingual Children

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

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. 

Choosing Quality Child Care

Building NE49-5000 (5th Floor, Alps Room)

Presenter – Kathy Kasabula, B.A.; Child Care Operations Administrator, MIT Work-Life Center

Choosing Quality Child Care sessions are held monthly from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Registration is currently open for the following dates:

These monthly introductory discussions are specially designed for expectant parents and those new to parenting or child care. Each Choosing Quality Child Care 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.

Infants are welcome if alternative child care is unavailable.

Helping Your Anxious or Depressed Child (Webinar)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Tamar Gordon, Ph.D.; Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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 will offer a range of options for helping your child.

Education Survival Kit for Parents (Webinar)

Presenter – Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, torchlight

In this webinar, parents will be introduced to the range of services and instructional support available to help their children be successful in school. We review the response-to-intervention (RTI) framework within general education as well as 504 plans and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for eligible children with disabilities. Parents also learn about:

  • Embracing a strengths-based approach when it comes to their child
  • Developing a strong vision about what is possible for their child
  • Understanding and avoiding common pitfalls when collaborating with the school

Finally, we orient parents to Torchlight—a self-directed, online platform—and its many features.

This webinar will be held at the following times:

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 \ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • ​Wednesday, October 25, 2017 \ 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 \ 12:00pm-1:00pm

Surviving and Enjoying the Six Stages of Parenthood (Webinar)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Mary-Ellen Rogers, B.S.W.; Principal, Excellere

Many of you may be familiar with the stages of child development. Did you know, however, that parents also progress through developmental stages as their children age? In this session, we will examine parental development from the prenatal phase through the empty nest/departure phase. We will explore the human development theories of Freud and Erikson in comparison with concrete, contemporary insights from the book, The Six Stages of Parenthood, by Ellen Galinsky, M.S.

All About IEPs (Webinar)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter – Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, torchlight

Under federal law, eligible children with disabilities have a right to special education and related services to meet their unique needs. This webinar will help you understand both the process for developing and creating your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and your role in ensuring your child’s success in school.

When School is Hard - Learning, Attention and Organizational Issues (Webinar)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Presenter – Lori Day, M.Ed.; Educational Psychologist and Consultant with Lori Day Consulting

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 the strategies and resources that are available to assist.