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Weston High School To Host 'Family University Night'

Dr. Kim Payne will lead one of the seminars at Weston Public Schools' 'Family University' Thursday.
Dr. Kim Payne will lead one of the seminars at Weston Public Schools' 'Family University' Thursday. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTON, Conn. – Weston Public Schools will host “Family University Night” for parents and their kids to learn ways to deal with tough transitions Thursday night.

The night will feature a series of seminars for high school and middle school students and their parents. One of the featured lecturers will be Dr. Kim Payne, founder of Simplicity Parenting. Payne’s talk will focus on using what he calls “the power of less” to reduce stress in adolescents.

“Many of today’s behavioral issues come from children having too much stuff and living a life that is too fast,” Payne says in a statement. “All children are quirky, that’s what makes them lovable, who they are. But these cumulative stresses slide those quirks along the behavior spectrum into disorders – the dreaded ‘Ds.’”

Weston Youth Services Director Michelle Albright will offer a seminar titled “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Children, Choices, and Consequences.” The class for kids and parents focuses on “finding the balance between hands-off and helicoptering.”

“Parents will gain tips and tools to support not stifle, empower not enable, and influence not incite. And kids will learn strategies to get parents to listen not lecture, respond not react, and consider not condemn,” the event brochure says.

Weston High junior and seniors will also lead presentations for kids. Eighth-graders can attend “How to Successfully Circumnavigate High School,” which will teach incoming freshmen ways to deal with the social and academic stresses they will face in high school.

For sixth- and seventh-graders, their elders will present “Surviving Middle School: From Academic Stress to Friends in Distress -- How to Deal with the Pressures of Everyday Life.” Topics covered in the lecture will include “How to develop positive peer relationships,” “Understanding the Problems with Cliques,” “Academic Pressures,” “Lunch Room Politics,” “Dealing with Frenemies” and more.

The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Weston High School, 115 School Road. Dinner will be served. Those interested can RSVP to Andrea Russo at 203-291-1405 or andrearusso@westonps.org with the following information: parent name, student name and student’s grade level.

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