Parenting Tweens & Teens: Saying No when the world says Yes

With warmth and humour, this workshop will explore the delicate bond between tweens and teens aged 12 -19 and their parents. Using many of the skills therapists use in their work with clients, parents will learn to balance empathy with limit setting to strengthen and deepen their relationships with their tweens and teens. Connected Parenting will offer parents effective strategies to avoid power struggles, de-escalate confrontations, help their kids make safe choices and instill in their kids the confidence and resilience to say ‘No’ to their peers.


Jennifer Kolari, M.S.W., R.S.W. Founder of Connected Parenting and Child and Parent Therapist.

Jennifer Kolari is a therapist who has been helping children, teens and families get connected for 20 years. Jennifer published her first book in 2009 with Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada. She has appeared in magazines such as Today’s Parent and Canadian Family, and on Canada AM, Breakfast Television, and CBC’s Steven and Chris. Her insightful strategies, shared with warmth and humour make her a highly sought-after speaker with schools, organizations and agencies throughout North America.

Jennifer spent several years counseling children, teens and parents for the Toronto District School Board and serving as a field supervisor for the University of Toronto faculty of Social Work. Before that she was a family therapist at Integra, a children’s mental health centre in Toronto. Jennifer lives in Toronto with her husband and their three children.

This workshop is sponsored by the Organizational Development and Learning Centre and the Family Care Office.