Three-session series on raising resilient kids kicks off this week


Three-session series on raising resilient kids kicks off this week
Kerrie Toole will be leading a speaker series at Algonquin Regional High School. (Photo/Courtesy Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough)

NORTHBOROUGH – The Southborough Health Department will be sponsoring a three-session speaker series on Thursday evenings for parents and guardians entitled “Raising Resilient Kids: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do.”

The speaker will be licensed independent clinical social worker Kerrie Toole.

The series will kick off on Jan. 5 with “Your Child’s Emotional Superpower Explained.”

As part of this session, parents and guardians can learn about the biological developmental stages that their child’s emotion processing centers go through during preadolescence and adolescence, how the developing brain responds to stress and the impact of different coping behaviors on overwhelming emotions and how these behaviors become habitual. 

They will learn about what are the contributing factors that lead to high emotional reactions from their children and what they can do to decrease its intensity. 

Toole will lead a talk on  Jan. 12 entitled “No Such Thing as a Bad Feeling: Why Our Best Intentions Can Backfire and What to Do Differently.” This session will tackle why parents’ and guardians’ efforts can backfire and what they can do differently. 

The series will end on Jan. 19 with “The Magical Skill of Validation: The #1 Technique Every Parent Needs to Know.”

This final session will help parents and guardians to learn specific skills and strategies to implement when their child is experiencing strong emotions, including what to and not to say. Validation is the most important tool to de-escalate intense emotions and make effective decisions on how to cope. 

The series will take place in the auditorium of Algonquin Regional High School from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit