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Connections: Parent-Student Workshops

Parent-Student Workshops

Adventure Based Education

Christen Beaudoin, School Counselor, Woodbury School

This presentation will focus on development of trust and communication among classmates, friends and parents.  The key elements of healthy lifestyles and positive group interactions will be explored through both physical and mental challenges.  These opportunities will help students and parents at home, school and social environments.  All should come prepared for active participation and FUN!

The Mother-Daughter Relationship in theTeen Years

Lori Davis, MS, LCMHC, Private Practice Psychotherapy, Salem, NH

In adolescence, behavior can be our daughters’ strongest language. In the turbulent teenage years, our daughters often start to confuse and confound us with frequent changes in demeanor, friends, passions and appearance. Together, with a sense of humor, we will explore how we can maintain a strong connection with our girls and how our girls can still feel comfortable with us as their moms.

For Mothers & Daughters

The Father/Son Relationship

Vincent Haney, BA in Sociology & MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Center for Life Management, Derry, NH

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.”  According to research, a father typically plays a larger role than the mother in shaping a male child’s perceptions about himself.  This workshop will explore the struggles and joys of the father/son bond.

For Fathers & Sons



Keeping Your Balance & Winning It All

Spencer Shaw, PE Teacher and Coach, Woodbury School


Attitude is everything.  You need to have that positive “I can do anything” type of attitude in order to do great things in your life, but you also have to maintain your balance.  This presentation will focus on student-athletes and parents keeping things in perspective with regards to athletics, academics and life.  Issues such as hazing, sportsmanship and citizenship will be discussed so that student-athletes and parents can achieve their goals and come out as winners in the end.

Organizational Strategies: “My Mom/Dad Forgot To Put It In My Backpack!”

Susanne Mathers, Special Education Coordinator, Woodbury School

There are so many demands on everyone’s time and energy these days.  Unfortunately, children are not born with the skills to manage time and organize their schoolwork, friends and extra-curricular activities.  You as a parent can help by teaching your child strategies that make organization easier!  Staying organized is a skill for a lifetime – not just one night of homework or a long-term project at school.  Make the time you and your child spend on academics a more rewarding and less stressful experience.



Mindful Me & You

Rick Alleva, Ed.D., UNH Cooperative Extension Youth & Family Team

Mindful awareness is paying attention to what’s happening right now, in our thoughts, feelings, sensations and the world around us. Being mindful can help students to stress less, complete school work, and show more kindness and care for others in the world. In this workshop, students will experience a few mindfulness practice activities, such as mindful breathing, mindful listening and mindful seeing. These can be done for a few minutes any day, and like any skill, the more you practice, the more mindful you can become. Come explore the possibilities of mindful me & you!

When I Talk, Who Listens?

Sue Berthel, Social Worker, Woodbury School

Middle school kids complain “they just don’t understand!” Parents say “He/she just doesn’t listen!” In thisworkshop we will explore the positive and negative ways that parents and children communicate with each other. We will talk about barriers to positive communication, as well as helpful strategies to facilitate better communication. When parents and kids both feel heard, life goes along much more smoothly for all!