Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families

College of DuPage is a proud sponsor and livestream partner of the Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families. This free educational consortium features distinguished authors, clinicians and educators who share practical research based knowledge, wisdom and personal experience to encourage positive youth development, social and emotional learning, and overall well-being.

GPS is a resource for parents, educators, students and community members to foster self-empowered children who collaborate, communicate, embrace diversity, create and think critically.

Programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Visit the GPS webpage for the latest schedule.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson - December 1, 2020

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | No Drama Discipline: Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Brain (ages 3-10)

Highlighting the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way a parent reacts to misbehavior, No-Drama Discipline provides an effective, compassionate road map for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.

Defining the true meaning of the “d” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand), the authors explain how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into an opportunity for growth. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem solving becomes a win/win situation.

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Parenting In A Pandemic: How to Calm The Chaos and Nurture Resilience in Ourselves and Others

There has never been a more important time to consider what kids and teens need to thrive. Right now, many students are feeling anxious, sad, disappointed, angry, or withdrawn. Others seem fine or might even seem to be doing better. Regardless, as parents, particularly with more months ahead of distance learning, restricted social life, and an absence of scheduled activities, we worry about our kids’ mental health, their long-term development, and their future. How do we navigate these uncertain times to minimize the damage and to maximize optimal development? Is there anything we can do to create a buffer that protects our kids? And what if we as parents don’t feel like we have the capacity to parent well right now?

The good news is that over 50 years of cross-cultural research has proven pretty clearly what kids need most, both in “normal” times and when the world seems like it’s been turned upside down. In her book THE POWER OF SHOWING UP (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Bryson shares the latest brain and attachment research, which clearly demonstrates how best to make a difference in the lives of children we care about—we simply need to show up.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopment lens.  She is the Child Development Specialist at Saint Mark’s School in Altadena, the Director of Parenting Education at the Mindsight Institute, the Director for Child Development for Camp Chippewa in Cass Lake, Minnesota, and the Child Development Director for Lantern Camps. Tina is a graduate of Baylor University and earned her LCSW and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where her research explored attachment science, childrearing theory, and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology.

She is the author of “No Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Brain,” “The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience in Your Child,” and “The Power of Showing Up: How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How their Brains Get Wired”

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