Parents make choices daily on how best to guide children through the opportunities and hurdles along the road from childhood to adulthood. What does the experience and research by experts tell us about how best to undertake this mission?
“Parenting is a humbling experience, but one in which we can really learn to become better people ourselves. The basic rules of parenting are: love them a lot, leave them alone, and set a good example. These are, of course, easier said than done, but what an exciting challenge!” These are the words of Dr. Marianne Wamboldt, who will share insights from her psychiatric practice and data from a survey of over 4 million youth to understand what factors most promote resiliency.
Dr. Scott Cypers, who has worked with youth at Buckley Mental Health and at numerous universities’ student health services, will discuss how to help teens successfully navigate transitions such as the move from middle to high school, and later, the transition to college. “We’re not the helicopter generation. We’re the lawnmower generation, smoothing out problems for our kids. But this causes problems downstream. I’ll share some ways to make successful transitions and make change less scary,” says Dr. Cypers.
The two experts will share their insights and expertise at a free and open-to-the-public event, “Teaching our Kids and Teens Success through Resiliency.” Both Dr. Cypers and Dr. Wamboldt have specialties in adolescent and family dynamics, with an emphasis on anxiety and stress. Dr. Cypers is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Wamboldt is past Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and currently affiliated with Children’s Hospital Colorado.
The April 17, 2019 event will be held from 6:30-8:30pm at The Cube, 8371 E. Northfield Blvd. Denver, CO 80238. For more information and to RSVP, please contact DepressionCenterPrograms@ucdenver.edu
This event is part of the Toolbox Learning Series sponsored by the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medial Campus.
This post originally appeared in the Front Porch.