Family Awareness Network
The mission of the CMSD Family Awareness Network (FAN) is to provide timely and relevant ideas, information and programs to engage and support our parent community with the intent to foster the development of thriving and resilient youth. FAN is a parent led, educator supported initiative.
WHAT IS FAN?
The Family Awareness Network strives to offer resources and programs that inform, engage and encourage parents of Cheyenne Mountain School District students.
Throughout the year, FAN offers events and programs on various topics of interest to parents. In addition, FAN supports the efforts of the counseling department and administration in providing information targeted to specific interest groups such as parents of each grade level, college-bound students or those facing particular wellness issues.
Family Awareness Network is a committee of parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators and encourages all parents to get involved.
To suggest programs and/or volunteer for FAN, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
NEXT FAN EVENT
TBD - Stay tuned for more details regarding the upcoming events this fall...
Presented by CMSD Family Awareness Network (FAN) whose mission is to provide timely and relevant ideas, information and programs to engage and support our parent community with the intent to foster the development of thriving and resilient youth. FAN is a parent led, educator supported initiative.
PAST FAN EVENTS
Parent Mini Conference Hot Button Issues of Cheyenne Mountain Students, Spring, 2019
How the Culture of Sexualization Impacts Youth and What We Can Do About It, Tomi-Ann Roberts, November, 2018
Mini Conference (Mindfulness, The Whole Student, Technology, Vaping), February 2018
CMHS Climate Survey: Implications for Families, February 2017
Teen Drug Use in the Community, panel of experts, November 2016
Recognize and Reduce Family Stress, Barry Smith, November 2015
Marijuana and Teens in Colorado, Lynn Riemer, September 2015
The Over-sexualization of Girls, Tomi-Ann Roberts, April 2014
How Children Succeed, Barry Smith, March, 2014
Preparing Kids for Future Success, Corey Jones, March, 2013
Understanding Teen Stress and Anxiety, Jon Cleckler, 2012
Freshmen and Parent Seminar, Fall – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Drug and Alcohol Awareness for Parents, 2011, 2012, 2013
SUBMIT (Cyberbullying) 2013
Play Again (nature deficit and screen time overload) 2013
Forks Over Knives (nutrition science for parents and teens) 2012
Race To Nowhere (stressed out teens and families) 2011
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, November 2017
Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admission Mania, October 2016
How to Raise An Adult, Monica Peloso, February 2016
Brainstorm, Dan Siegel, April 2015
Inside the Teenage Brain, 2012
Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College, 2011
Price of Privilege, 2010
Inside the Teenage Brain: Parenting a Work in Progress by Sheryl Feinstein
"Teenagers are perplexing, intriguing, and spirited creatures. In an attempt to discover the secrets of their thoughts and actions, parents have tried talking, cajoling, and begging them for answers. The result has usually been just more confusion. But new and exciting light is being shed on these mysterious adults.
What was once thought to be hormones run amuck can now be explained with modern medical technology. MRI and PET scans view the human brain while it is alive and functioning. To no one’s surprise, the teenage brain is under heavy construction! These discoveries are helping parents understand the (until now) unexplainable teenager. Neuroscience can help parents adjust to the highs and lows of teenage behavior.”
CRAZY U: ONE DAD’S CRASH COURSE IN GETTING HIS KID INTO COLLEGE by Andrew Ferguson
Not your typical college admissions guide, Crazy U relates journalist/author Ferguson’s “experiences traveling through the tangled wood of guidance counselors, college ranking guides, essay-writing guides, SAT prep, college touring, and the FAFSA”. The book has been called “meticulously researched, brilliantly written and funny,” “the perfect guide to the madness of applying to college” and “a terrific and hysterical book.” While entertaining, Crazy U also gives parents a lot to consider about the college application process.(Visit the Crazy U site).
BRAINSTORM by Daniel J. Siegel
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel's New York Times bestseller Brainstorm, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers’ behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine, PhD
In recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders—rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents. Materialism, pressure to achieve, perfectionism, and disconnection are combining to create a perfect storm that is devastating children of privilege and their parents alike.
In this eye-opening, provocative, and essential book, clinical psychologist Madeline Levine explodes one child-rearing myth after another. With empathy and candor, she identifies toxic cultural influences and well-intentioned, but misguided, parenting practices that are detrimental to a child's healthy self-development. Her thoughtful, practical advice provides solutions that will enable parents to help their emotionally troubled "star" child cultivate an authentic sense of self.
ARTICLES OF INTEREST
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