Education goes beyond the classroom to include parents. All presentations will be held at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.
Beyond Birds and Bees: Giving Our Girls Body Positivity and the Foundations of Gender Equality
Presentation by Bonnie J. Rough
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
The #MeToo movement has parents and educators considering more deeply how best to raise young people with healthy, positive, shame-free and egalitarian attitudes about bodies, gender, sex and love. Bonnie J. Rough, MFA, award-winning author, most recently of Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love and Equality, will share what she learned as a parent and journalist when she took a close look at the world-famous Dutch approach to sex education. She shares how it improved her own ways of thinking, talking and teaching about human sexuality and relationships. Bonnie will guide a down-to-earth exploration of our values about sexuality, revealing how we can make the most of – and enjoy – life’s many teaching opportunities.
Turning Self-Criticism into Self-Compassion
Presentation by Shay Huff
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Preoccupation with perfection is an all-consuming, fear-inducing, deflating, toxic and ultimately an unattainable merry-go-round relationship with self. It’s one that starts very early for girls. The ways in which a girl talks to herself (discouraged) versus how she talks to others (encourages) is like night and day. Shay Huff, empowerment coach and workshop facilitator, will discuss how to empower and inspire our girls to write themselves into the story of compassion and grace.
Resisting the College Complex
Facilitated by Nikki Danos and Laura Boismenue
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Rachel Simmons names the College Application Industrial Complex in her book, Enough as She Is, citing the intense pressures and apprehension that girls experience in anticipating college. At its worst, adoption of the Complex fuels a pervasive sense of inadequacy and fruitless striving. Both students and their parents can find themselves making costly concessions – trading the joys of exploration and learning for fear and perfectionism. Instead, Simmons urges girls to resist the Complex, seeking ways to connect with genuine interests, harness the value of risk-taking and making mistakes and redefine the path to happiness and success. Join Nikki and Laura, Forest Ridge College and High School Counselors, to discuss this powerful message and examine the ways we can encourage our girls to resist the Complex and how to resist it ourselves.
Own Your Presence
Facilitated by Alison Seaton and Marianni Groves
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | The Center for Girls
Join Alison and Marianni, Forest Ridge educators, for a taste of The Center for Girls Presence Program. Enjoy your coffee as we share ways in which we help your daughters learn to present themselves in an authentic and polished way. Our morning will involve an overview of the program, a question and answer session and some hands-on presentation activities.
How to Help Girls in Crisis
Facilitated by Laura Boismenue
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 8:30-10:00 a.m. | Ackerely Conference Rooms
Learn about caring for girls who are experiencing crisis. We’ll discuss how to identify warning signs and action steps to take in supporting adolescents who are struggling with depression, hopelessness or suicidal thoughts. This session is a part of our school-wide work with Forefront in the Schools, a school-based suicide prevention program based at the University of Washington. Laura Boismenue, Forest Ridge High School Counselor, will facilitate this important discussion.