Upcoming Events:

Present Moment Parenting

Join Tina to get your questions answered about raising healthy children in today’s world, including how the brain responds to communication from parents, and how to put limits on technology, hold effective family meetings, and stay connected when your child is individuating.

When: Tuesday, February 21st at 4:30-6:00PM

Where: Laura Jeffrey Academy, 1550 Summit Ave, St. Paul 55105, the main entrance is on the south alley side of the building. Public parking lot located off Grand Ave, next to Dunn Bros. 

Facilitator: Tina Feigal, M.S., Ed.

Lead Parent Coach, Center for the Challenging Child
Director of Family Engagement, Anu Family Services, Inc.

Author, Parent Coach and Trainer

Past Events:

Parenting T(w)eens Public Event: Help Your Child(ren) Have a Healthy Relationship with Food and Their Body: Navigating Body Image and Nutrition Messages During Critical Tween Years

Register: Click here

When: Tuesday, November 15th at 4:30-6:00PM

Where: Laura Jeffrey Academy, 1550 Summit Ave, St. Paul 55105, the main entrance is on the south alley side of the building. Public parking lot located off Grand Ave, next to Dunn Bros. 

Presented by Billie Gray, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Emily Program Foundation

Parenting T(w)eens

LJA’s Parenting T(w)eens is an educational forum for parents and caregivers of tweens and teenagers.  Recognizing that parenting our children through pre-adolescence and their teenage years can present new challenges, several LJA parents started this group in spring 2013.  The original purpose was to partner with LJA in guiding our children through these in-between years and by meeting regularly we would support one another in this aspiration.

Parenting T(w)eens now engages parents in a variety of settings through an educational speaker-led event. Speakers are leaders in their area of expertise and share information and links to resources.  In addition to parenting issues in general we have looked at various specific topics such as goal-setting, mindfulness, teenage brain development, eating, sexuality education, and financial literacy.  True to LJA style, facilitators offer plenty of time to discuss and ask questions. 

A structured room for school-age children is provided to learn and do activities. You may come with your child or without. Either way, you will find these events to be highly informative and useful in becoming a more informed parent or caregiver.

There is never a cost to attend and transportation is provided when needed. All events are open and free to the public. Please contact Jo Park at jop@laurajeffreyacademy.org or 651-414-6000.


Help Your Child(ren) Have a Healthy Relationship with Food and Their Body: Navigating Body Image and Nutrition Messages During the Critical Tween Years

Billie Gray, Ph.D. and Katja Rowell, MD, with a grant from the Emily Program Foundation, present this 3 part series.

Part 1: November 15th from 4:30-6:00

*Attendance on the 1st date is required for participation in the 2nd and 3rd dates. 

Part 2: Tuesday Nov 29th 4:30-6:00

Part 3: Monday, Jan 9th 4:30-6:00

There is no cost, free childcare is provided, and free transportation available upon request. Contact Jo Park at jop@laurajeffreyacademy.org or 651-414-6000. Registration not required for the LJA community although an RSVP is appreciated. Open to the public, registration required, space is limited.

Reading and Resources 

This list of reading material and resources is a collaborative work-in-progress.  Those in the community of parents of ‘tweens' and young teens who wish to add to the list, please do so!

Information listed here is solely a collection of material of interest to the Parenting T(w)eens Academy’s parents and presenters, and is not necessarily suggested or endorsed by LJA. 

Parenting, Generally

  • Getting to Calm:  Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens, by Laura S. Kastner & Jennifer Wyatt (ParentMap 2009)
  • Parenting a Teen Girl, by Lucie Hemmen (New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 2012)
  • The Mother-Daughter Project:  How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence, by SuEllen Hamkins and Renée Schultz (Hudson Street Press 2007), http://www.themother-daughterproject.com/index.htm
  • Our Last Best Shot:  Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence, by Laura Sessions Stepp (Riverhead Books 2000)
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish (HarperCollins 2005)
  • The Center for Parenting Education, centerforparentingeducation.org
  • Jenny Hanlon, Jenny Hanlon Consulting,http://jennyhanlonconsulting.com/index.htm
  • Your Family Compass:  A Parenting Guide for the Journey, by Jenny Hanlon (Beaver’s Pond Press 2012)

Brain Development

Sex and Sexuality

  • Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein
  • Teenwise Minnesota, http://teenwisemn.org/
  • Family Tree Clinic, familytreeclinic.org

Food and Eating

  • The Emily Program Foundation, emilyprogramfoundation.org (Keri Clifton, Community Outreach Coordinator)
    • Poodle Science Video (a short video to consider watching with your tweens. It's about diversity of body size and shape and some potential shortcomings of health research. It can spark some interesting conversation and questions.)


      Teen Truth: Body Image Movie Trailer (depending on your child, you may want to view this with him or her and use as a conversation starter).


      Comfortable: 50 people one question "If you could change one thing about your body what would it be


      New Moon Girls Website


      About New Moon Girls 

      Since 1993, New Moon Girls has been a magazine for all tween and teen girls who want their voices heard and their dreams taken seriously. It is run by girls and contains content provided by girls. New Moon Girls gives young females the chance to share their real lives and problems, their dreams and their challenges. Parents appreciate this refreshing resource in a world that is bombarded by "perfect" girl stereotypes and hyper-sexualized images. Instead of leaving girls torn between what they dream for themselves and what society expects of them, New Moon Girls encourages emotional support, self-expression and healthy resistance so they don't lose touch with themselves.

      Each bi-monthly issue of New Moon Girls is free of advertisements and stereotypes. The girls editorial board chooses a special theme for each publication, such as Inner Beauty and The Power of Pretend. The international magazine promotes open-minded exploration of a variety of age-appropriate topics like friendship, self-confidence, boys, body image and current events. 

      Along with a subscription to New Moon Girls comes access to a moderated international online community. Girls can upload writings, artwork and thoughts, participate in discussions with other girls who have similar struggles or interests across the world, and so much more! Parents appreciate that their daughters have a safe place to express and connect online. Girls ages 8 to 14 who could use inspiration, connection and support to stay deeply connected to their true interests, abilities and hopes will enjoy a subscription to New Moon Girls.

      Succulent Wild Women Book


      Girls and Sex Book (book recommended by a parent about the sexualizing of girls through media)


  • Intuitive Eating:  A Revolutionary Program that Works, by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch (St. Martin’s Press 2012)
  • The Rules of “Normal” Eating:  A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Undereaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between!, by Karen R. Koenig (Gurze Books 2005)
  • Mindful Eating:  A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food, by Jan Chozen Bays (Shambhala 2009)
  • Eating Mindfully:  How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food, by Susan Albers (New Harbinger Publications 2012)
  • Mindful Food & Motion, by Nicole Eikenberry, MS, RD, LN, nicole@mindfulfoodandmotion.com (Nicole gives mindful eating workshops)

Other Topics

  • What Do You Really Want?:  How To Set a Goal and Go For It! (A Guide for Teens), by Beverly K. Bachel (Free Spirit Publishing 2001)