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Crofton House School and the Parents’ Auxiliary hosted Lisa Damour Ph.D., author of the New York Times bestseller “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood” at the most recent Whole Girl, Whole World speaker series event on September 22, 2016. 

“Raising a young woman will be one of the most vexing, delighting, exhausting and fulfilling things you will ever do. Sometimes all on the same day. The job is hard enough even under the best conditions, and anyone doing a hard job deserves support. When we get that support, when we understand the developmental tour de force that is adolescence, we can truly enjoy and empower our girls.” – Lisa Damour Ph.D.

About the presentation

“Just wait till she’s a teenager!”

Whether your daughter is about to become a teenager or she’s already in the teenage years, parents are warned that it may feel like a tangled mess for you or for her. However, there is a predictable pattern to how girls grow from adolescents into thriving adults. When parents know what makes their daughter tick, they can embrace and enjoy the challenge of raising a healthy, happy young woman.

Lisa’s visit will provide parents, educators, and students a blueprint to the seven distinct–and absolutely normal–developmental transitions that turn girls into grown-ups, including:

  • Parting with Childhood
  • Joining a New Tribe
  • Harnessing Emotions
  • Contending with Adult Authority
  • Planning for the Future
  • Entering the Romantic World
  • and Caring for Herself

Lisa draws on decades of experience and the latest research to give parents a framework for understanding and normalizing the ups and downs of raising a teenage girl while providing reassuring evidence and realistic advice about the developmental and psychological growth that is the result of transitioning through these stages. Untangled explains what’s going on, prepares parents for what’s to come, and lets them know when it is time to worry.

About Dr. Lisa Damour

Lisa is a renowned psychologist, author, teacher and foremost expert on child development. She directs the highly acclaimed Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, is a faculty associate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies and is a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and writes the adolescence column for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog.

Lisa graduated with honors from Yale University and worked at the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundations.

She is also a proud parent, along with her husband, of two daughters.

About the Whole World, Whole Girl speaker series

A world for our girls

The Whole Girl, Whole World speaker series provides CHS parents, teachers, and girls with an exciting opportunity to hear from internationally-renowned experts about complex issues and opportunities facing growing girls. It is an opportunity for our community to engage in thought-provoking topics, and provides a valuable chance to reflect and initiate on-going discussion on how we can support our daughters as they learn to be courageous, creative citizens in the world.

Each speaker visit includes an evening presentation for parents, as well as a daytime presentation for the Junior School and Senior School girls, and seminars for teachers. Speakers are always carefully selected in keeping with the school’s philosophy of educating girls for life.

Past speakers

2015–2016 Speaker: Rachel Simmons

  • Author of The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence and Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
  • Reflections for Educators by Jo-Anne Kingstone, Deputy Head and Director of the Senior School
  • Radio discussion with Rachel Simmons, Jo-Anne Kingstone, CHS grade 12 student Ashley, and Simi Sara on CKNW about coping in a culture of effortless perfection
  • A message from Rachel to parents
2014–2015 Speaker: Dr. JoAnn Deak

2013–2014 Speaker: Barbara Coloroso

  • Author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right
  • Key points from Barabra Coloroso’s presentation

2017-2018 Speaker
To be announced


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