Elementary, Tweens & Teens

TLC Conversation Groups for Parents of Tween/Teens

Join us at TLC in January 2020 for 3 Conversations about Parenting Tweens and Teens.


I.  Mental Health Awareness                          
II. The Challenging Task of Parenting Teens         
III. Sexuality and Consent  


(See descriptions of each Conversation Group below)


Group of teenagers making different activities sitting in an urban area

Tween/Teen Mental Health Awareness 


Does your tween/teen experience intense mood swings? Are they irritable, withdrawn, anxious, or sad?  What is typical adolescent behavior versus atypical behavior?  This Conversation will explore what behavior falls within the typical range and will help you identify when a child might need professional help.  We will explore depression and anxiety and what parents can do to support their kids.


Wednesday, January 8th, 7-8:30 PM


Facilitated by: Lisa Gibalerio

The Challenging Task of Parenting Teens


The teen years are often daunting ones for parents to navigate.   While it’s incredibly scary to think our children may begin to experiment with alcohol, marijuana, Vaping – it might be reassuring to learn that parents do have an impact on their children’s choices! This Conversation will offer “best practices” in how to engage with kids about substance use and how to postpone that use for as long as possible.


Wednesday, January 15th, 7-8:30 PM


Facilitated by: Lisa Gibalerio

Teen Sexuality and Consent   

group of happy teen high school students outdoors

Available data suggests that many teens will begin sexual relationships at some point during the high school years.  How do I talk with my kids about sex?  About the giving and receiving of consent?  About protection from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy?  This Conversation will explore these important topics.


Wednesday, January 22nd, 7-8:30 PM


Facilitator: Wendy Conroy

Meet Your Conversation Facilitators!


Lisa Gibalerio is a Prevention Specialist with Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in Watertown.  She is a trained health educator and oversees the Belmont Wellness Coalition (BWC).  She is currently administrating a five-year Drug Free Community grant which directly impacts the youth of Belmont and their families.  Lisa has developed several prevention-centered workshops for both parents and teens around the areas of substance use prevention and mental health awareness.  Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Public Health Education from the Boston University School of Public Health and holds a BA in English and Public Relations from the University of Rhode Island.
Wendy Conroy is a trained Health Educator with a Master in Public Health from the University of Michigan.  She has been leading sexuality education programs for many years to  youth from Belmont, Arlington and surrounding areas.  She facilitates workshops to help parents navigate challenging conversations with their children bout relationships and sexuality.  In addition, she works to educate families about substance use and mental health issues that affect youth.  She is the parent of two teens and personally understands a lot of the challenges of today’s parenting.  
Both Lisa and Wendy are Belmont residents and the parents of teens.