A message from Kelly and Reiter on the HM Parent Institute Initiative

Dear Families,

We are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative in the Middle Division: The HM Parent Institute.

Our intent is to offer a series of informative ParenTalks that will be designed to provide a greater appreciation of your child’s adolescent journey in this complex world and the parenting challenges you may face throughout the middle school years. Equally significant is our recognition of the unique challenges and joys your child will experience throughout their time in the “middle.” In an effort to accommodate our geographically diverse population, plans to host these talks at venues in Manhattan, the Bronx, New Jersey and Westchester are underway.

The Parent Institute will host interactive forums, book readings and presentations that will focus on important adolescent themes, central to your relationship with your child. Topics to be explored are maintaining family values in the face of outside influences, healthy decision-making, managing social media, securing an open line of communication and social/digital lives challenging your child.

Our kickoff event featuring Robert Brooks, Ph.D., author of Raising a Self-Disciplined Child, will be held on Friday, November 9th in Manhattan. This first ParenTalk will be limited to 35 participants on a first come, first served basis. This will allow for a deep dive into the book as well as an intimate and lively exchange with the author. An Evite will follow.

Future ParenTalks are as follows:

• December 11th: “The Pressured Child; The Pressured Parent.” Michael Thompson, Ph.D., international author and presenter will return to HM to lead a conversation about the life of your adolescent and the expectations you both experience.

• February 7th: “The Big Disconnect.” Join Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed. D., for an in-depth conversation about The Big Disconnect, exploring the media lives of adolescents and the impact on family dynamics.

• April 16th: “Life in the Middle.” This promises to be a unique opportunity to hear from Upper Division students, Middle Division faculty members and administrators on their perspectives as to what defines a successful middle school experience.

We hope you will join us, along with your peers, at these events designed to support your parenting while fostering a healthy relationship with your middle school child and school.

Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D. and Wendy J. Reiter, M.S.Ed.