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GPS Watch Party features ‘The Parenting Map’ on Jan. 23, now virtual


Above / Gilda Ross, Student and Community Project Coordinator-Glenbard; Cathy Subber, The Branch Moms Community; and Nina Menis, KidsMatter, are planning a series of GPS Naperville Watch Party, held in Council Chambers at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. (PN Photo, Nov. 14, 2023)

Update, 10:30AM Jan. 23, 2024 / Just in from KidsMatter… GPS Watch Party: Both Viewings Now Virtual / Due to the inclement weather, organizers have decided to cancel their 11:30AM watch party today in Council Chambers. Join the program at 12PM Noon & 7PM today. No registration is needed! Here’s the link to GPS: https://glenbard.zoom.us/j/89839524734

Update, Jan. 19, 2024 / GPS Watch Party: The Parenting Map

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Together with The Branch Moms Community, The Collaborative Youth Team of Illinois, the GPS Parent Series, and the Naperville Park District, KidsMatter is hosting another in-person Naperville Watch Party at 11:30AM Tues., Jan. 23, in the Council Chambers at Naperville City Hall.

The program will feature Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of “The Parenting Map: Step-by-Step Solutions to Consciously Create the Ultimate Parent-Child Relationship,” and the assertion that every parent is capable of raising happy, healthy, and emotionally grounded children.

Despite this, too many of parents struggle along the journey. From the fast-changing realities of social media to the fear that permeates today’s culture, coupled with generational expectations that are unconsciously placed on children, the pressures on parents and children have reached a critical moment.

Dr. Tsabary offers a step-by-step guide to disrupting toxic inherited patterns and replacing them with authentic connections that allow parents to see and respond to their children for who they are and who they can become.

This is a free event and will be hosted in the Council Chambers at Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street. Registration for the in-person event begins at 11:30AM. The community is welcome.

For more info about GPS Watch Parties and/or to reserve a seat, click here.

A virtual event with Dr. Tsabary will be available at 7PM Tues., Jan. 23.

‘Social Media and Teen Mental Health’ program

Original Post, Nov. 14, 2023 / The Naperville in November Watch Party: “Update on Social Media & Teen Mental Health” is set from 7PM to 9PM Tues., Nov. 14, at the Municipal Center.

Earlier today at noon, KidMatter, The Branch Moms Community, The Collaborative Youth Team of Illinois, the Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) and the Naperville Park District hosted the first eye-opening session featuring Dr. Mitch Prinstein and Dr. Eva Telzer.

The two doctors examined the long-term effects of technology and social media use on teen social and emotional development; creating tools for parents, caregivers and teens to make better informed choices about how they interact with social media.

Slides projected on the screens in Council Chambers helped emphasize challenges with smartphones. (PN Photo)

After the program, a number of attendees stayed for Q&A, offering “take-away” comments from the presentation, of which there were many.

Put all family cell phones to bed at 9PM

For instance, one suggestion was in order to get a much-need good night’s sleep, have every family member put their cell phone on the top of the refrigerator at 9PM for the night.

Moms gathered in Council Chambers to learn more from the program titled “Social Media and Teen Mental Health” and from each other. (PN Photo)

“Our November 14 special events will be of great value for elementary, middle and high school caregivers!” said Hilda Ross, Student and Community Project Coordinator -Glenbard, for a group that’s been focused on Navigating Healthy Families for 28 years. “All are welcome thanks to the generous sponsors—KidsMatter, DULY, DuPage County Health Department, College of DuPage, to name a few. All are committed to healthy families everywhere.”

For additional program details, past speakers, schedule updates and parent resources, available online for all ages all over the world, visit GlenbardGPS.org.

For more information about programs and activities at KidsMatter, visit kidsmatter2us.org.

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