Are you burned out, concerned about your child’s well-being, and wondering how your family will manage during winter 2021 as we near a year into the pandemic?

To help families navigate these challenging times, 15 speakers have come together to share their very best strategies and ideas for how families can thrive in winter 2021 and be ready for whatever comes next.

Their special live masterclass series is designed to help you parent with confidence and renewed energy: Parenting in Place–Helping Families Thrive in Challenging Times (2021). These free virtual learning opportunities are being made available by Kildeer Countryside School District 96 to District 96 families only. Opportunities for a limited number of participants exist.

This group of parenting experts, therapists, authors, educators, and neuroscientists have collaborated to share their very best strategies and ideas for how you and your family can thrive in the coming months. Rather than straight presentations, the 75-minute long live events will have an accessible, “in conversation with” vibe—attendees will feel like they’re sitting in on a coffee date among friends–and they’ll have the opportunity to ask the hosts questions and communicate with each other through chat.

Parenting in Place features 8 weekly masterclasses (hosted on Zoom) on Wednesday evenings from Feb. 17 through April 7, 2021 – each focused on a different theme and each including specific takeaways and strategies.

Because the event is live, attendees can ask the hosts questions and communicate with each other through chat. Registrants receive a bundle of free bonus content (downloadables, templates, webinars, worksheets) from the speakers, as well as access to a closed moderated Facebook group to keep the conversation going and provide three months of support.

The live webinars include:

  • Feb 17,  2021: A Conversation on Mindfulness, Mental Health, and Anxiety
    Debbie Reber and Donald E. Grant, Jr. will discuss mindfulness strategies for managing parental stress and anxiety — and ways to support children in this unusual time.
  • Feb 24, 2021: A Conversation on Raising Resilient Kids
    Madeline Levine and Michele Borba will offer simple ways to teach your kids how to cope today so they can thrive tomorrow.        
  • Mar. 3, 2021: A Conversation on Motivation, Stress, and Screens
    Janine Halloran and Katherine Reynolds Lewis will share strategies for teaching coping skills, balancing screens with academics, and keeping perspective.
  • Mar 10, 2021: A Conversation on Sex and Gender
    Courtney Macavinta and Ignacio Rivera will discuss sex education and puberty and will offer suggestions for raising and supporting queer kids and allies.
  • Mar 17, 2021: A Conversation on Raising Ethical Children
    Catherine Steiner-Adair and Howard Stevenson will offer support for talking to kids about race and equipping them to seek justice, as well as parenting around difference–whether disability, LGBTQ, or racial identity.
  • Mar 24, 2021: A Conversation on Teenagers
    Christine Carter and Ned Johnson will share best practices for working with teens and fostering healthy motivation, stress tolerance, and joy.
  • Mar 31, 2021: A Conversation on Big Kid Issues
    Jessica Lahey and Julie Lythcott-Haims will discuss how to send our children into the world with all the skills they need to be resilient, motivated, and independent, without resorting to the escape of drugs and alcohol.
  • Apr 7, 2021: Town Hall 
    The last week of the series will be a virtual moderated Town Hall featuring Tina Payne Bryson and other speakers responding to the most pressing concerns and questions from the Parenting in Place community. Full line-up info will be announced soon.
These LIVE events will be held on Wednesdays at 7 PM Central Standard Time, but registrants will have access to replays in case they cannot attend the live masterclass.  

This 8-week series of live classes, supplementary materials, and the closed Facebook community—are being made available free by School District 96 to a limited number of District 96 families, first come, first-served. (Please be considerate and register ONLY IF you are able to attend most or all of the masterclasses in the series.)

Once registered, a parent will receive a confirmation email with a unique coupon code allowing registration for the series at no cost.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for this 8-week Parenting in Place Masterclass Series.