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Chili and Cheer for the Holidays: Getting to Know Other Parents of Teens!
Join us this month as we enjoy all the colors of the season in a scrumptious green and red chili meal! This month, our talk topic will be “Keeping the Cheer for the Holidays”. Some of the questions we could explore might be: Do you have any special holiday traditions? What is your favorite dish at Thanksgiving dinner? Do you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, something else? What is your favorite holiday song or movie? What stresses you out about the holidays? What is stressing you out right now? What are some skills or strategies you are using or have used? What has worked? What hasn’t? Please join us and share—whether you offer a challenging situation for which you need support, or helpful insights based on your experiential knowledge, we’d love to have you share with us! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ CenterSpot is a self-care program and support network for parents, with a special focus on parents of teens and troubled teens. We expand the word "teen" to include all of adolescence, which can encompass ages from 8 or 9 all the way into the mid-to-late 20's. And we expand the word "parent" to include anyone in the parenting role. Whether biological parents, foster or adoptive parents, grandparents, or other caregivers, we help these parents cultivate a greater sense of center, connection, and confidence, as they navigate their way through this challenging time. Each meeting provides opportunities for learning, sharing, and self-caring. We offer a timely group discussion topic, encourage small group sharing, showcase a helpful resource, and highlight a CenterSpot CPR. (Our CPRs are Centering Practice Recommendations designed to re-inflate the spirit of worn out parents.) Some of our meetings feature guest speakers on the local resources and self-care practices that we like the best. Join us to discover the power of parental self-care--beginning with the practice of connecting with others who understand you and your unique challenges! With advance notice, we welcome helping professionals to join, as well. Click on the "Home" button above to learn more about us and what we do.

McLain Community High School

13600 West 2nd Place · Lakewood, CO

What we're about

CenterSpot is a self-care program and support network. With a focus on parents of teenagers, CenterSpot helps parents cultivate a greater sense of center, connection, and confidence.

Each CenterSpot Parent Connection Group provides opportunities for group and one-to-one sharing among parents. We offer a group discussion topic that parents may choose to carry over into the individual sharing time. Each meeting also offers one or more "CPR" (or Centering Practice Recommendation) designed to breathe the life back into often-suffering parental self-care practices. Many meetings will also feature a guest speaker.

At CenterSpot, we expand the word "teen" to include all of adolescence, which can encompass ages from 9 to 26. And we welcome anyone in the parenting role to our meetings, whether biological parents, foster and adoptive parents, grandparents, or other caregivers.

Join us at our next CenterSpot PCG to discover the power of parental self-care--beginning with the practice of connecting with others who can relate to your situation and understand your unique challenges!

More About Us:

CenterSpot champions and facilitates the practice of parental self-care for all parents. We champion the power of parental self-care for maintaining a sense of balance and staying on our feet, even when we feel bowled over. Like the Weebles™ who “wobble, but they don’t fall down”, all parents must be deeply centered.

CenterSpot particularly strives to support parents of troubled teens, parents who know the pain of watching their teen disengage from or actively sabotage their own lives because when a kid is mentally unwell or has landed in big trouble, the parent is often traumatized and paralyzed at the very moment they need to be their most brilliant and nimble.

Whether mental illness, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or something else, these teens might be in trouble at school. They might be in trouble with the law. They may seem to have replaced real life with fantasy. They might even be engaging in self-mutilation or expressing a wish to die. Whatever the particulars, the parents of these teens are at war against an elusive enemy, often wondering where they went wrong and why they can’t get it right, often feeling defeated, ashamed, and utterly alone. For these parents, CenterSpot offers recuperative practices and a caring community, so that they might provide greater support for their child during this difficult and critical time.

CenterSpot believes that when parents are living from their center, they become happier, more peaceful, more effective, productive, people. They trust themselves to make good decisions—and they become more effective parents. The benefits of centered parenting are infinite, beginning with the parent, growing in the child, and radiating out to society as a whole, for generations to come.

Please note: CenterSpot PCG is a social support group. It is not group therapy or counseling, and it offers no advice for "fixing" a parent or child. Rather, while connecting with each other and enjoying a greater sense of community, parents are encouraged to (re-)discover and strengthen their center--developing their own deepest sense of self-awareness and self-assurance and nurturing that place where their own deepest values and dreams reside.

If any of the above strikes a chord, please do join us. Whatever your particular parenting challenge may be, we welcome you!

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