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February’s Focus: Risk, respect, and resilience
Roses, chocolates, and teddy bears may seem like the best way to say “I love you” in February, but admiration and acceptance (especially self-acceptance!) are much harder to convey.  Instead of exchanging valentines, let’s try to encourage respect and resilience – both within ourselves and towards others.
What’s the real risk?: Presentation of Weston’s Youth Survey Results
Thursday February 6th
7 – 9 pm
Weston Middle School Library
In the Spring of 2013, Weston Public Schools and Weston Youth Services collaborated with Positive Directions to survey 7th – 12th grade students and attitudes and behaviors related to drug and alcohol use.  Parents were also asked to participate in a parallel survey.  Come hear about the survey results, and learn more about risky behaviors and what we have planned to promote our children’s health and well-being.
Teen PeaceWorks Poetry Slam
**for High School Students
Friday February 7th
7 – 9 pm
Weston High School Cafeteria
Encourage your high-schoolers to join their friends for an evening of music, movie clips, poetry, and pizza in honor of National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month.  Chillingsworth will provide the soundtrack and we will provide the snacks!  Co-sponsored by Weston Teen PeaceWorks and the Weston Domestic Violence Task Force.
Mindful Parenting
Friday February 21st
9:30 – 11 am 
Guest Speaker: Mark Bertin, MD
What does “mindfulness” mean and does it even matter?  Becoming more aware of how we parent (not to mention react...) can help enhance our skills and our sanity!  Learning to better manage circumstances and stressors can help us be more effective as parents and people.

Dr. Mark Bertin is a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician, as well as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College and on the faculty of the Windward Teacher Training Institute.  Dr. Bertin is a frequent lecturer for parents, teachers and professionals on topics related to child development including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, mindfulness and parenting and is the author of “The Family ADHD Solution.” Dr. Bertin’s Child Development Central blog can be found on the websites of the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Friends of Quinn and Education Update.  Learn more about Mark at http://www.developmentaldoctor.com/online/