A FREE virtual Cafe to help our parenting community come together (while keeping their distance) to process and implement the shift in our daily lives during the pandemic.Topics vary.


What people are saying:


"Thanks so much for the conversation, the tips, the listening etc. It's great to feel this support virtually."  "Thank you for the rays of hope."

"So grateful, I was able to receive so much from this kindness."  "Thank you. It is helpful to connect." 

"Thank you all for these offerings, and honesty and openness"



**We'll be back with new 2020/2021 programs in the fall. Stay tuned.**

CONNECTIONS CAFE is funded in part by



Highlights from 6/30 Session:

Link to slides: Let's Talk About Racism

w/ Karen Vargas & Chasity Malatesta, BISD's Multicultural Advisory Council

and Spencer Bispham & Sarah Bukair, Youth Social Justice League

Resource page for conversations on racism

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Highlights from 6/23 Session:

Link to slides: The Parental Role in Your Child's Athletic Experience

w/ Ian McCallum, BIFC's Director of Coaching 

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Highlights from 6/9 Session:

Link to slides: Positive Parenting Strategies

w/ Peggy Koivu, Certified Positive Discipline Facilitator &

co-founder of Odyssey Multiage Program

Highlights from 5/19 Session:

Link to slides: Validating Your Child's Need for Independence

w/ Courtney Oliver, LMHC and Helen Burke (BYS)

Link to Dan Siegel Video: 

BRAINSTORM: Adolescence as a time of adaptability not immaturity

Highlights from 5/5 Session:

Link to Mindful Parenting Through Crisis Slides

w/Jendi Watson

"HUG" IT OUT: Mindfulness During CV-19 

Highlights from 4/21 Session:

Link to Parenting with Compassion Slides

w/ Betsy Lydle Smith

Virtues Handout

Companioning Yourself Handout

Visit www.virtuescards.org and share The Gifts of Character


Highlights from 4/7 Session:

Link to Boosting Your Immune System & Your Mood

w/ Stephanie Dalton's session (Holistic Nutritionist & Health Coach)


Highlights from 3/31 Session:


Link to Behavioral Strategies for Toddlers through Teens slides

w/ Shealeen Kennedy, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Highlights from 3/24 Session:




  • Time management

  • Connecting with kids in new ways

  • Navigating fake vs. real news

  • Anxiety for both kids and adults

  • Pressure of keeping kids on track without falling behind

  • Keeping kids engaged with their work

  • Setting parameters

  • Teaching the value of boredom

  • Navigating sadness among kids over missing out. Particularly high school seniors and college kids

  • Balancing the necessary sense of independence against structure for tweens/teens/college kids




  • Time with kids

  • Interactions between siblings

  • Time for house projects

  • Getting outside more

  • Time to read

  • Counting blessings

  • Quality family time

WHAT WE'RE OFFERING YOU We've lined up guest speakers to moderate discussions on a variety of topics from boosting your immune system to behavioral tips to how to keep your kids engaged and off screens beyond learning time now that their extracurricular activities are shut down.


WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW FROM YOU What's pressing on your mind related to parenting during this pandemic? We want to know how Raising Resilience can best serve our parenting community as we share this wild journey together.


If you would like to help us keep

CONNECTIONS CAFE free for our community,

we invite you to make a donation.

Thank you for your consideration.


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