Parenting programs

past programs

Listed below are many of the programs and speakers that Parent to Parent has sponsored.

bullet"Alphabet Soup: Deciphering the LGBTQIA+" with SpeakOUT Boston

An evening of learning more about the LGBTQIA+ community as members of SpeakOUT Boston share their personal stories to help create a world free of homo-bi-transphobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of their lives. Co-Sponsored with the Winchester Multicultural Network.


bulletSee Me For Who I Am: How to listen and respond, so your child will develop a strong sense of self

Rick Irving, LICSW, a clinical social worker with more than 40 years experience with children, families and schools, covers what our teenagers' lives feel like to them - both positive and worrisome - so you as parents can support them.


bulletLET'S BE HONEST: Communication in Families That Keeps Kids Healthy

Learn How to talk to kids about sex and sexuality and help them make the right choices.

This workshop will provide parents with age-appropriate strategies for responding to their children's hard-to-answer questions, as well as techniques for talking about sexuality in a skilled and comfortable manner.
Co-Sponsored with the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community.

bulletHow to Help Your Teens and Tweens Navigate Social Media,

Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D., Social Media Expert, Founder and Director of the Massachusetts Center for Aggression Reduction. Dr. Englander shares tips on texting, how to talk to your child about sexting, how to respond to cyberbullying, and provide parental guidelines for healthy cell phone use.


bullet The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Jessica Lahey, New York Times Columnist, Educator, and Best-Selling Author

Ms. Lahey provides a path toward solutions and most importantly sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures.


bulletRaising Caring and Respectful Children:

Rick Weissbourd, of Making Caring Common, and author of the book The Parents We Mean To Be, discusses ways in which parents can focus on raising caring and respectful children. Dr. Weissbourd will help parents guide children in: Making caring for others a priority; Developing empathy, including those different from them; Promoting justice; Challenging bias constructively.


bulletTransition to Kindergarten Panel and Resource Fair

Parents and Guardians are invited to join us for this interactive panel to learn about the non-academic aspects of transitioning to Kindergarten.

Panelists include: Superintendent of Schools, Elementary School Nurse, Kindergarten Teacher, School Psychologist and Principal. 

Resource Fair includes: Parent Representatives from each Elementary School, Enrichment opportunities and After-school care.


bulletFree Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry),

Lenore Skenazy


bullet Music-Making and Your Child's Developing Mind

Tufts Professor, Dr. Ani Patel, describes current research findings, which provide empirical support for the importance of active music-making during the school years.


bullet Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids,
Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D. reveals practical, hands-on approaches parents can take to create a safe, open, and imaginative environment in which kids can relish childhood and flourish as human beings. Dr. Carlsson-Paige helps parents navigate the social currents shaping, and to often harming, the lives of kids today - and restore childhood to the very best of what it can and should be.

bullet Successful Sleep Strategies For Kids, Dennis Rosen, M.D.

Dr. Rosen discusses how much sleep children and teens really need. What underlying issues drive our sleep patterns and determine how easy it is (or not) for children to fall asleep and wake up. He discusses how sleep patterns interface with brain development and impact academic strengths and weaknesses.


bullet A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids about Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things That Freak You Out. Joani Geltman, MSW, A clinician, parenting coach, college professor and public speaker, uses humor, storytelling and her unique brand of "infotainment" to provide the most up to date commentary on teen behavior and helpful parenting strategies.

bulletHelping Your Kids Be All That They Can Be: Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting

Charlie Appelstein, MSW author of No Such Thing As A Bad Kid, presents a host of strength-based principles that help parents maximize the greatness that exists in every child. Topics include effective verbal interventions, strategies for enhancing self-esteem, respectful limit-setting and why it's important to use consequences vs. punishments as well as techniques for helping parents manage their own emotions and responses. Charlie delivers his strength-based approach with humor and hope.

bulletBirth Order: How your Place in the Family Affects your View of the World.  Jack Agati describes the many characteristics associated with the various positions in the family. Participants gain a better understanding of the styles of their children's behavior and how to avoid potential conflict between their own styles of behavior and those of their children. He will identify many of the characteristics associated with the oldest, only, next to the oldest, middle and youngest in the family and look at better ways to use the positive characteristics of each position.

bullet Slow Tech Parenting: Raising Digital Families With Purpose

Janell Burley-Hofmann explores the many challenges of parenting in the digital age and helps parents discover creative, practical solutions to achieve a healthy tech balance at home.

bullet I'd Listen to My Parents if They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens.

Anthony Wolf, Ph.D., speaks to parents about the phenomenon of adolescence and provides strategies to deal with today's teens, be in charge and enjoy them, without threats or punishment. Most of all, he will assure us that there is reason to hope - most of our kids will become pleasant young adults.

bulletBest Friends/Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood.

Michael Thompson, Ph.D., walks through the complex world of childhood and addresses a number of pertinent questions while drawing on research to highlight the differences between friendship and popularity.

bulletToo Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age.

Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. discusses how overindulgence, permissiveness, and hyper focus on protecting a child from failure and disappointment often has the opposite effect of what we intend.

bullet  Balanced for Success: Foundations for Excellence in Sports and Life,

Adam Naylor, Leader of Telos Sports Psychology Consulting and Faculty member at Boston University speaks about making sports a lifelong adventure and outlines the developmentally appropriate goals for children at the various stages of their involvement in sports.

bullet  What Kids Need From Their Dads...But Won't Ask For,
John Badalament author of The Modern Dad’s Dilemma: How to Stay Connected to Your Kids in a Rapidly Changing World, shares his expertise on the role dads play in children’s lives. In his powerful presentation, he helps parents understand how their children are changing, and offers road-tested activities that dads can use to lay a foundation for a lasting, loving adult relationship.

bullet  Managing Change: Creating Smooth Transitions in Childhood
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, uses a concrete and humorous style to give parents and caregivers the language to use – and avoid – to help their children manage “normal” childhood transitions. Parents learn HOW to equip their children with skills and strategies to manage uncertainty and to develop resiliency during times of stress and change.

bullet The Parents We Mean To Be: Raising Happy and Successful Children of Character

Dr. Richard Weissbourd describes concrete practices at the heart of being a moral mentor. He discusses ways in which parents can help to imbue their own sense of morality and build quality of character in their children.


bullet  Duct Tape Parenting - A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids,

Vicki Hoefle, author and recognized expert in the field of parent-child relationships, shares tips for raising kids from her new book, and her parenting program, Parenting on Track. Vicki combines humor with facts, breaks down old myths that keep parents stuck in useless power struggles with their kids and presents information parents "get" the minute they hear it.

bullet  "Adolescent Psychology - The Parent Version"
Child Development and Parenting Expert, Joani Geltman, MSW, discusses the physical, cognitive, and social/emotional changes that occur in adolescents and how they affect relationships with parents and friends as well as school life.

bullet  Responding vs. Reacting To Your Kids:  Techniques For Effective Strength-Based Parenting

Charlie Appelstein, MSW, presents ways for parents to keep their cool and respond positively when children are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges.  Communication strategies, building self esteem, and helping children self-manage their behavior will be discussed.  Charlie's motto is "There's no such thing as a bad kid" and he delivers his strength based approach with humor and hope. 

bullet  Helping Children and Teens Cope with Stress and Anxiety, Rick Irving, LICSW, discusses how to evaluate the level of stress in certain situations, and the level of coping skill in each child. Learn about which responses are part of the child's natural coping processes, and which ones may indicate a more serious level of anxiety. Parents will be given language and techniques that they can use - and those to avoid - for helping children develop the ability to manage worry, decrease their anxious responses, and feel more confident.

bullet  "Your Child's Cyber World: Instilling Safe/Healthy Online Habits"
Author and Expert in bullying and cyber bullying, Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D., discusses internet safety, cyber-risk behaviors, and how adults can help children achieve social success,
both online and offline.

bullet  Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents. Dr. Robert Brooks, clinical psychologist and author, describes factors that help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and pressure in today’s culture. Parents learn strategies for nurturing self-discipline, self-esteem, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience in children.

bullet  Successful Transitions to High School. Eighth grade parents participate in small group discussions following the Winchester High School’s annual curriculum overview. The discussion groups are facilitated by high school students and parents and provide an excellent forum in which to learn about classes, homework, social life, and extracurricular activates.

bullet  A Community Dialogue: Parenting in an "Oversexualized, On-line, In-Your-Face World." This discussion features Sharon Maxwell, PH.D., clinical psychologist, and Rick Irving, LISCW, with an introduction by Superintendent William McAlduff; it addresses ways that parents can develop and maintain open lines of communication with their children and provides guidelines for creating safe on-line communication.

bullet  Who Are You Voting For, Mom?" Talking to Children about Power, Leadership and the Presidential Election. Dr. Hesse provides an overview of the development of children's political understanding from early childhood to adolescence, and makes recommendations to parents on how to handle political questions and emotions with their children during the election season.

bullet  Evening with Superintendent William McAlduff. Our annual discussion with the Winchester Superintendent of Schools provides an informal and interactive forum for parents to hear about a wide range of topics and issues in the schools.

bullet  Just for Women: Recapturing Balance, Gaining Perspective in a Frenzied Age. In this talk, renowned work-life author Maggie Jackson provides insights and ideas to help women combat the daily frenzy and find their new pace, frameworks and definitions of success.  

bullet  Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems: An Evening with Dr. Richard Ferber.  Dr. Ferber, Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital and world renowned expert on sleep problems, outlines the main causes of sleeplessness in the young child, helps parents to identify these causes, and offers ways to address the problems.

bullet  Successful Transitions to College: Surviving and Thriving. This program, for parents of high schoolers and first year college students, offers a unique opportunity to learn about navigating a successful transition to college. Rick Irving, LICSW, leads a discussion with recent Winchester High School graduates about the joys and challenges of this major transition, and what parents need to know.  

bullet  Whose Homework is it Anyway? Fostering Independence and Responsibility. This interactive workshop offers approaches to promote a positive attitude toward homework. Parents learn strategies to foster independence and avoid power struggles over school work from Susan Marx, a parent educator from Families First.  

bullet  The Pressured Child: Helping your Child Find Success in School and Life. Noted author, Michael Thompson, PhD., speaks to parents, describing the psychological journey that children experience during their thirteen years in school and provides valuable insights from the student perspective.

bullet  Helping Our Children Navigate Today's Culture. Sharon Maxwell, PhD., a licensed clinical psychologist, speaks to parents of children in upper elementary and middle school grades on how to empower their children to become critical thinkers.

bullet  Growing up and Letting Go: Parenting High Schoolers Toward Successful Transitions and Increased Independence. Author and psychotherapist, Madge Treeger, speaks to parents about the evolution of the parent - child relationship that takes place toward the end of high school and throughout the college years. She suggests ways that parents can encourage self-reliance and the development of their adolescent's own identity, interests and pursuits.

bullet  Balanced for Success: Foundations for Excellence in Sport and Life.  Dr. Adam Naylor, sport psychology coach and coordinator of the BU Athletic Enhancement Center, discusses ways to make sport a lifelong adventure and provides strategies to maintain a healthy perspective in families that leads to enjoyment, commitment, and excellence.

bullet  Parenting in a Sexually Charged Culture.   Author and Harvard Medical School Psychologist, Dr. Mark O'Connell speaks to parents about ways they can understand the notion of healthy sexuality, morality, parental authority and their role in shaping their child's emerging relationship skills.

bullet  Understanding Your Child's Learning Style.  Guest speaker, Ann Helmus, PhD, addresses children's learning styles, differences, and when to seek help. She explains how the brain processes and some of the more common issues we see today such as ADHD and Executive Functioning weaknesses.

bullet  Fostering Social Competence in Young Children.  Rick Irving, LICSW, talks to parents of preschool and early elementary aged children on fostering compassion and inclusiveness in children's play and interaction. Rick addresses early social and developmental issues: how to teach tolerance of differences; how to model social skills; and strategies on setting expectations and limit-setting for socially appropriate behavior.

bullet  Addressing Young Children's Questions about Sexuality.  Author and sex educator, Deborah Roffman, offers parents of preschool and elementary school children an array of communication tips and strategies for addressing sexuality with children of all ages.

bullet  Family Matters: Real Life Parenting of Children and teens in Challenging Times.  Nationally renowned author and clinical organizational psychologist, Dr. Rob Evans, speaks to parents of children of all ages in a straightforward, common sense way about raising children to be productive members of society in the face of current cultural challenges.  

bullet  Risky Behaviors: Understanding Risk Taking Behavior and When to be Concerned.  Beth Fredericks, a popular Families First speaker, facilitates an interactive two-part program for high school parents addressing adolescents' need to take risks and sometimes make bad decisions.

bullet  Let's Get Real.  In this jointly sponsored this program, parents and educators watch the film Let's Get Real on bullying behavior. Rick Irving, LICSW, and Hillary Turkewitz, PhD, lead a discussion after the film, addressing ways in which bullying impacts our children.

bullet  Parenting to Empower:  Helping Teens Navigate the Social Challenges of Adolescence.  Developed in conjunction with several community organizations, this program discusses today's social adolescent culture: cliques, teasing, bullying and other common rites of passage. Guest Rosalind Wiseman, well-known author of "Queen Bees and Wannabees," offers strategies and guidance on raising children who can navigate adolescence safely with strong friendships.

bullet  Discussing Diversity with Young Children.  Co-sponsored with the Multicultural Network, this program offers guidance to parents on how to discuss the subject of diversity with young children. Facilitators Rachel Wilson, of the Multicultural Network, and Jon Pfeifer, a K-1 grade teacher from the Lesley Ellis School in Arlington discuss issues such as race, religion, learning differences, sexual preference, and family structures.

bullet  Challenges of Adoption.  This program features Joyce McGuire Pavao, an international expert on adoption issues and challenges. She addresses this topic for all interested adults who are parents, family members, teachers, or friends of adopted individuals and for adults who were adopted themselves or are considering adoption.

bullet  The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Strategies for Parents. Best selling author and child psychologist Edward N. Hallowell, M.D., speaks about the ingredients for a childhood that leads to happy, responsible adults. He outlines a plan that all parents can use to foster trust, respect, and joy.

bullet  Understanding the Fantasy Factory: Counteracting Media Images of Women.  This program explores the impact the media has on our children's self image and interactions with one another. Guest speaker, Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, focuses on what parents can do to counteract the negative impact of the popular culture's images of women and girls.

bullet  Weathering the Challenges of Adolescence: Effective Communication and Limit Setting.   Rick Irving, LICSW, offers a range of parenting strategies and addresses topics such as: how to avoid communication traps and maximize your child’s self reflection; how to avoid “taking the bait” and letting your child off the hook; and how to use consequences effectively.

bullet  Raising Responsible Children.  Michael Thompson, co-author of the bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys,  presents to parents and discusses parenting strategies to strengthen family relationships and promote competence in children.

bullet  Both Sides Now: The "Sandwich Generation" Parenting Children and providing Elder Care.  This workshop, co-sponsored with the Council on Aging, for both seniors and parents of young children, features Paul Marosy, President of the Massachusetts Gerontology Association. He discusses various stressors associated with care giving and offered strategies for coping.

bullet  Helping Our Kids Make the Right Choices: Talking about Drinking and Driving. Kate Schluter, Director of Prevention Programs in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, leads this workshop. She discusses many of the current trends and statistics involving drinking and driving and shows a video on driving under the influence that is used in high school prevention programs.

bullet  Temperaments and Transitions.  This program, for parents of early elementary school and pre-school aged children, features Dr. Leslie Campis, a local pediatric psychologist. In a very interactive session, she addresses different temperaments and what parents can do to anticipate challenges and facilitate transitions, whether it's a trip to the dentist, attending a summer camp or returning to school in the fall.