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EMS PTA and trained facilitator Emily Trotman, M. Ed, have organized a parent club, EMS BookTalks, to connect with other parents in a relaxed supportive environment to hear and discuss ideas related to parenting during the middle school years.

BookTalks are aimed to help parents, families and children move forward with confidence and support towards success and a healthy development.

Booktalk History

Previous events

"How To Hug a Porcupine: Negotiating the Prickly Points of the Tween Years," by Julie A. Ross, M.A. Click here for details.

Tuesday, January 23, EMS MCI Room, 11:30-1:00pm.

Tuesday January 30

Tuesday, February 6

2016-17 School Year BookTalks

Fall/Winter BookTalk

Duct Tape Parenting ....

BookTalks - Book #1

"Duct Tape Parenting: A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids," by Vicki Hoefle

  • Wednesday, November 9, 12-1:30 pm in EMS MCI Room, bring a lunch and join the discussion.

A few copies are available to check-out at the Greenwich Library as well as for purchase at local book stores. However, no need to read the book as a synopsis will be provided!

Our first EMS BookTalk was a huge success! 12 intrepid EMS parents contributed to a lively discussion on parenting during these middle-school years. EMS BookTalks are a great way to connect with other parents and hear ideas in a supportive environment.


Discussion #2 - Follow-up on "Duct Tape Parenting", The Challenge!

  • Wednesday, December 14, 12-1:30 pm in EMS MCI Room
    Bring a lunch and join the discussion. Open to all EMS parents.


for a summary.

Talk Dates

1st Talk:
Wed., Nov. 9, 12-1:30p, EMS MCI Room

2nd Talk:
Wed., Dec. 14, 12-1:30p in EMS MCI Room

Spring/Summer BookTalk

How To Raise An Adult....

BookTalk - Spring/Summer2017:

"How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success", by Julie Lythcott-Haims

  • Wednesday, April 19, 12-1:30 pm in EMS MCI Room, bring a lunch and join the discussion.

25 EMS parents brainstormed ways to raise kids who are confident, responsible and happy.

The “helicopter” style of parenting is to be avoided, according to Lythcott-Haims. Instead, what’s best is an authoritative style, a.k.a., “Kind and Firm.” How? By using language that empowers, not enables, kids. For example, instead of saying, “Well, no wonder you got that grade. I saw you wasting your time on the internet and spending too much time sleeping all weekend.” You might try: “I can see that you feel bad about getting that poor grade. I have faith in you to learn from this and figure out what you need to do to get the grade you would like.”

CLICK HERE for more information.


Talk Dates

1st Talk:
Wed., April 19, 12-1:30p, EMS MCI Rm