Hollis PTA partners with schools for parenting workshops

HOLLIS – The Hollis PTA Parent Talk Committee is working with Hollis schools and the Brookline School District to bring parents information on topics such as gratitude, safety and anxiety.

Topics were chosen by parents and staff. The events will take place at Hollis Brookline Middle School, where food and child care will be available.

"Parents want to learn, to catch up on the latest ideas and opinions," said Charity Bell, chairwoman of the committee. "Hearing experts and one another is part of how parents make choices for their families.

"We want to make sure that parents are able to attend, so childcare and food seemed important."

Bell, of Hollis, a national speaker on topics such as "Relentless Positivity," will be the presenter at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

"Gratitude, How Giving Thanks Builds Happier and More Resilient Kids (and Adults)" will look briefly at the new science showing that the practice of gratitude affects the brain in ways that reduce stress, lower anxiety and depression, and increase metabolism.

She will discuss ways to bring gratitude into the lives of your family on a daily basis.

On Jan. 26, Hollis school staff members Amy St. Hilaire, Ellen Lenscak and MaryLee Walsh will explore the concept of "grit" in "Grit, Developing Kids with Resilience and Persistence."

Based on the work of psychologist Angela Duckworth, who has studied the role that character plays in success, this presentation will introduce parents’ ideas from the best-selling book "Grit," including that sheer talent isn’t the key to success in school or in life.

On Feb. 23, Lynn Lyons, the best-selling author of "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Seven Steps to Stop the Worry Cycle," will appear at Hollis Brookline High School. Lyons, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist who lives in and has a private practice in Concord. She has specialized in strategies to address anxiety disorders in adults and children for decades and has co-authored two books on the topic of how parents can support youths in breaking the worry cycle.

"Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: Seven Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children" and the companion book for kids, "Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids," are books that educators and parents have found useful in understanding and supporting anxious kids.

Additional sessions include:

? March 23: "Talking about Loss and Tragedy."

? April 20: "Abuse Prevention, Questions you must ask before your child goes to any activity or event."

To register, visit www.603hepta.org or email Bell at cbell.lewitt@gmail.com.

Submitted by Charity Bell