Bosque School will host a second parent session for those who were unable to attend the first one on "Anxiety and the Teenage Brain."
Mark your calendars and join us for this highly-rated parent discussion presented by Kate Davis, Director of Middle School Student Development.
Biography: Kate Davis is the Middle School Director of Student Development at Bosque School. She left New Mexico, her home state, to earn a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MA in Education from Brown University. A teacher for 20 years, Kate taught first for Albuquerque Public Schools and then at the Albuquerque Academy for 13 years, teaching English primarily in the 6th and 7th grade programs. In 2006, ready to stretch herself in a new way, Kate returned to school to earn a M.A. in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. Since 2010, she has worked for Southwest Family Guidance Center as a therapist. Although she enjoys working with a range of clients, she most loves connecting with adolescent clients and helping parents with the formidable task of raising tweens and teens.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Gerald and Betty Ford Library
A free presentation for all Bosque parents and family members
Coffee and snacks are provided by the Bosque Parents' Association
"The part that I found most helpful was how to react to someone who is experiencing an anxiety attack and how it relates to brain development and the nervous system. To comfort the "body" first and refrain from trying to talk or reason with them in the moment that emotions have taken over is really good advice. I liked the connection Kate made that when a baby is upset, you don't try to talk them through the problem, but to hold them, rock them, give them a pacifier, etc... When it's a teen that is on an emotional overload, we tend to try talking and reasoning, when what they really need is to know that you are close and love them and that it will all be ok. As they calm down, find moments that your teen is willing to open up, for example at bedtime, or driving, etc...and not trying to force the communication at inopportune times. I know that this is a subject that a lot of parents would like to learn more about." ~Bonnie, Bosque parent
"Kate Davis presented a lot of useful information and stimulated lively discussions about how brain science can help parents more skillfully respond to anxiety in teens and tweens." ~Larry, Bosque parent