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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Jessica Lahey, New York Times best-selling author
Presented virtually via Zoom webinar
Free with pre-registration; $5 suggested donation appreciated


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Jessica Lahey will speak about substance abuse prevention—based on her research in child welfare, psychology, substance abuse, and developmental neuroscience—and provide evidence-based strategies and practical tools parents and caregivers need in order to understand, support, and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children. She'll provide guidelines that are age-appropriate and actionable, from navigating a child’s risk for addiction, to interpreting signs of early abuse, to advice for broaching difficult conversations with children. 

Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. Over twenty years, she’s taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and private schools. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, The Washington Post and The New York Times and is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. Jessica earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons. Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in April 2021.

Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence is available for pre-order from The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

This event is made possible by Foundation for MetroWest.