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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Parent Choices Program: Making Sense of the Adolescent Journey

Victor Dweck, Choices Commission Commissioner Addressing Parents 
On Monday, December 9th, over 75 Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School parents attended an exciting and enlightening program. The evening was geared towards helping them successfully navigate through the adolescent journey. Experts in adolescent development, psychologists Dr. Norman Blumenthal and Dr. Shlomo Zimmerman, held the audience captive. They shared relevant information on a range of topics including: what to expect from teens today, how to make sense of what is normative and what isn’t, and practical tips for bridging the gap between parents and teens. This was followed by a panel of our very own experts- several students involved in the Choices Commission, a voluntary group of juniors and seniors who try to influence their peers to refrain from involvement in dangers present in society.  Lauren Levi, Lital Ben-Zikry and Victor Dweck shed light on the teen perspective and offered parents clear, feasible ideas for how to best communicate with their children. The night concluded with an informative question and answer session, during which parents were afforded the opportunity to delve further into the topics presented. A follow up workshop will be held on January 6 which will provide an additional forum for parents to process the evening and discuss how to implement the ideas into daily life. All parents are welcome. All attendees agreed that the night had expanded their understanding about their teens and generated an enthusiasm to enhance their relationships. The Guidance Department and Parents Choices Committee look forward to continued home-school collaboration and to creating future parent programs. To get involved with Parent Choices Commission please email Dr. Etty Mizrahi or Eva Bernfeld
~Dr. Etty Mizrahi, Director of High School Guidance