The Teen Years and Beyond

...Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our lunchtime seminars 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 successfully through these exciting but challenging life experiences.

Saving for College: Getting an Early Start

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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

Presenter – Alex Bickford, M.A.; Senior Manager of College Finance, College Coach 

Saving for college can seem like an insurmountable task, and selecting the right savings plan causes anxiety for the majority of families. Parents and grandparents have many questions about the best ways to start saving for college when children are young. This workshop provides an introduction to the tax advantaged savings plans commonly used to plan for future college expenses. A College Coach expert will educate families about:

  • Choosing the right savings plan
  • How decisions today may impact eligibility for future financial aid
  • Common strategies used to save and pay for college
  • Key considerations regarding financial flexibility, control, and taxation to keep in mind throughout the process

Onsite one-on-one consultations are available following this presentation to discuss your particular questions and concerns with a College Coach Expert. To register for a 45 minute session, please sign up here.

Understanding and Supporting Your Teen’s Emotional Well-Being

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building E25-401


Ruth Economou, M.S.W., LICSW; Clinical Social Worker

Anu (Anuradha) Vyavaharkar, M.S.W., LICSW, M.P.H.; Clinical Social Worker 

You want your teen to achieve, be happy, have friends, like exercise, and, of course, still like you. And, you want to understand your teen. In this workshop, we will answer many of the common questions facing parents of teens. What is “normal” adolescent development? What are the warning signs that indicate something might be awry with your teenager? When do you let them talk you into “all the kids are doing this,” and when do you worry about their behavior, friends, isolation, or social media involvement? You also will learn some skills for having a conversation with children about their thoughts, feelings, and life, and how to help them consider counseling when needed.