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GPS- Rachel Simmons: Enough as They Are: Helping Teens Move Beyond the Impossible Standards of Success

  • College of DuPAge, McAninch Arts Center 425 Fawell Boulevard Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137 United States (map)

Today’s teens may seem more successful yet they’ve also never struggled more with anxiety, stress and depression. Rachel Simmons translates the toxic messages about achievement that teens have internalized, and teaches parents the tools to help young people practice self-compassion, redefine success, pursue purpose, and—most importantly—let them know they are enough as they are.

Rachel Simmons has been researching young woman for two decades and is the author of Enough As She Is and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. Here Simmons will share the strategies to help girls and boys overcome brutal self-criticism, an acute fear of failure and feelings that they will never be smart enough, successful enough, attractive enough, thin enough, popular enough, or sexy enough. Join us and learn practical parenting advice—including teaching teens how to manage overthinking, resist the constant urge to compare themselves to peers, take healthy risks, navigate negative elements of social media, prioritize self-care, and seek support when needed to not just survive but thrive.

The public is invited to this free event which will take place at 7p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

This presentation will be repeated at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Marquardt School District 15 administration center, 1860 Glen Ellyn Rd. in Glendale Heights.

Continuing professional development units are available