Rocky River Hosts Town Hall Series on ‘Mindfulness & the Teenage Brain’

The Rocky River City School District Town Hall Series presents an overview of the neuroscience of stress and how parents need to focus on their own well-being to help their teens maneuver modern society.

“Mindfulness and the Teenage Brain” with Dr. Kristen Race is a free community presentation on Monday, Oct. 16, at 7pm at Rocky River High School Auditorium. The donation of a canned good benefiting the Rocky River Assistance Program is appreciated.

Race, a Colorado-based child psychology expert and author of “Mindful Parenting,” will explore the unique stressors today’s teens face; introduce brain-based, practical tools for understanding teens; and offer families simple strategies to build resilience and experience more joy during the challenging teen years.

Her presentation will focus on the following topics:

  • The Neuroscience of Stress – How stress response in the brain affects us, and ways to help teens build resilience to common stressors;
  • Put on Your Oxygen Mask First – How parents influence stress levels in the household and tools to make life calmer;
  • Teen Brain Development – The latest research on the teen brain and how many of their most exasperating traits are also essential to their success as adults;
  • Anxiety & Perfectionism – Simple tools to combat anxiety and perfectionism in teens and adults;
  • Family Adventures & Rituals – How to create family adventures to foster healthy connections and happiness.

Race’s “Mindful Parenting” will be available for purchase at the event, or pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble at Crocker Park in Westlake.

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