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.

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.

Planning For College: Maximizing Your Child's Success

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Julia Jones, M.A.; Senior Manager, Educational Counseling, College Coach

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

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: Registration not required.

Paying For College: Knowing The Options

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Jeanne Mahan, M.A.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

While students are working diligently to get into college, parents 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
  • Key considerations when selecting the right education loan

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.

Special Education and Life After High School (Webinar)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Is your teenager on an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? Are you concerned about life after high school? Join this webinar to learn about the transition planning process. Then, gather strategies for ensuring that your child is headed for a successful, independent life.

Teen Stress (Webinar)

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

Is your stressed-out teen overloaded with homework, worried about college, having a fight with a BFF, late for basketball practice, and/or working an after-school job? The weight of so many responsibilities can take a toll. What can parents do to help a teen cope with stress? Sign up for this webinar to learn what the experts recommend.

Tax Breaks for Parents Paying for College (Webinar)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Katharine Ruby, M.A.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

Families with moderate incomes paying higher education costs may qualify for tax breaks on their federal or state income tax returns. This webinar will:

  • Review the various tax breaks available
  • Provide insight into the common barriers to claiming them
  • Identify resources and strategies to potentially maximize eligibility