For 2014-2015 school year we revived some popular presentations and discussions on the challenges we all experience as parents of high-schoolers. All were a combination of expert presenters, parents, and some hands-on working through scenarios and solutions.


Parent-to-Parent: What You Really Need To Know About College

Q&A with a panel of DHS parent “experts”
Thursday, April 16, 2015 – DHS Media Center, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Presenters: Current and former DHS parents

Sending your first child off to college soon? You aren’t the only one. Q&A with a panel of 5-6 current and former DHS parents. Some hold jobs in the college admissions field; all have experience sending 2 or more kids off to college. Topics are up to you, but often include: Making new friends. Roommates. The financial aid process. The college application and visiting process. Life on campus away from home. Working through figuring out a major…. Social life and activities. Our first try at this panel two years ago drew an overflow crowd and we had to call time so everyone could go home.

Parents Are From Earth, Teens Are From Jupiter
The Teenage Brain and What It Means for Interacting with Your Kid

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – DHS Media Center, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Presenters: DHS Head Counselor Ken Jackson, joined by DHS staff and parents

A lot of what frustrates and bewilders us about our kids can be traced to hormones and brain development. Sleep, attention to detail, up and down moods, blank stares when we’re looking for some (any) sign of engagement. Ken and staff talked about the pertinent research and, with the help of some parent experts, offered some insights and guidelines for understanding and interacting with your high-schooler.

What Your Teens Want (Need) to Know About Sex (and Drugs and Rock and Roll), But Are Afraid To Ask

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – DHS Media Center, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Presenters: DHS Head Counselor Ken Jackson, joined by DHS staff and parents

What are the real facts on teens and risky behavior? How much do my kids really want to talk to me about these things? How can I engage on these topics without screwing it up? You may be (pleasantly) surprised by what Ken and the staff have to say. After presenting some basic facts, they — aided by some parents who have trod this path ahead of us — walked us through some familiar scenarios, and offered useful approaches and guidelines for helping our kids negotiate these issues.

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