Parenting Your Middle School Child

Moving Toward Happiness:  Guiding Your Middle School Child through Mindful Parenting

A Five Session Series for Parents of Children in Middle School (limited number of spots) runs 5 Wednesday evenings beginning February 27th, from 7 to 8:30 PM, at Concord-Carlisle High School. 

Facilitator: Kelli Kirshtein, MSW, LICSW is a School Adjustment Counselor at Concord-Carlisle High School

Modest fee of $90 for all 5 sessions goes to support CPT's ongoing work with parents.  No one is turned away if unable to afford the fee (simply send a request to cpt@concordps.org). 


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We will explore the many facets of raising a preteen as they move through middle school, with an emphasis on ways to keep the doors of communication open as children enter adolescence. Sessions take place on Wednesday evenings (Feb 27th to March 27th) from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. This 5 part series will explore the many facets of raising a preteen as they move through middle school, with an emphasis on ways to keep the doors of communication open as our children enter adolescence. Covering essential understandings of this phase of child development, the five sessions give participants time to explore their concerns and consider strategies to respond helpfully to emerging behaviors. Our facilitator will lead participants in reflective exercises to consider what parenting approaches they currently use and how those work well and, where there are snags, what can be done to shape their approach so it is more calm, mindful, responsive to stressful situations and effective in maintaining trust. Participants will learn to use self-compassion as a means to enhance our abilities to listen and attend to our children and our inner selves. The peer environment will also be considered with ideas shared on how to approach another parent if something concerning arises. Throughout the series we will address the stresses of competition and comparing ourselves to others in our high-achieving, affluent community.

About the Facilitator: Kelli Kirshtein, MSW, LICSW is a School Adjustment Counselor at Concord-Carlisle High School, where she has been happily tending to teens and their parents as a member of the Guidance Dept. for 22 years. Kelli has an MSW from Simmons School of Social Work, where she is currently on the faculty both as a Field Supervisor and as an Adjunct Professor, teaching Mindfulness and Social Work Practice. Kelli also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Wellesley College (but she never met Hillary there, being slightly younger!). She is the parent of two sons, one a senior, and the other a middle schooler.