“Just wait until your child becomes a teenager!” Most parents have been warned about the stress of raising a teen: the friction with friends, the rush of emotions, the stinging rudeness followed by sweet affection. But according to psychologist and bestselling author, Dr. Lisa Damour Ph.D., your child’s teenage years don’t have to feel like a tangled mess for you or them. When Dr. Damour last visited Rippowam Cisqua School she offered valuable insights and practical advice to RCS students, parents, and faculty blending her years of experience and the latest research developments. RCS Head of School Colm MacMahon praised Dr. Damour saying,
“She has had, arguably, one of the greatest impacts on me as an educator.”
Every student on the Upper Campus had the opportunity to spend time with Dr. Damour. At the end of the school day, Dr. Damour then conducted an hourlong professional development session with the entire RCS faculty. Following a brief break for dinner, Dr. Damour returned to the Crosby-Fiala Playhouse to present her lecture, Untangled: Guiding Parents and Teens Through the Challenges of Adolescence, to a packed audience of RCS parents and friends. A number of parents mentioned that after meeting Dr. Damour at school, their children told them that they absolutely had to attend the evening lecture.
Dr. Damour directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes a column for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog (now called Well Family), maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and is a faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies and a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Damour’s last book, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, became a New York Times bestseller. Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation.
Dr. D’Amour will return to Rippowam Cisqua School on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Join our email list for more information.
This article was contributed by Caroline Mockridge ‘81, Director of Special Projects at Rippowam Cisqua School. Caroline leads the widely acclaimed, Foundations of Education Series, which presents informative discussions with experts in the fields of education, psychology, and parenting. Now in its eleventh year, each event offers parents insights and strategies for raising successful, lifelong learners.