Mother-Daughter Workshop

Join us for a two-day retreat that will:

    • foster girls' confidence and resilience
    • build their mothers’ understanding of how to best support adolescent girls
    • reinforce the critical mother-daughter bond
Girls entering Grades 5-8 and their Mothers
August 3-4 (Saturday & Sunday)
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
One, weekend session
Laurel’s Butler Campus in Russell Township
$750 (cost for one mother-daughter duo; an additional daughter can be added for an additional fee; tuition includes lunch, snacks, workshop materials and signed copies of Dr. Damour's books. Travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of the attendees.)

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The retreat will take place at Laurel School’s Butler Campus where girls will participate in confidence-boosting programming with Ann V. Klotz, Head of Laurel School and 35-year veteran of girls’ education; psychologist Lisa Damour, Ph.D.; and members of the Laurel School faculty.

While their daughters participate in workshops and brave the Project Adventure Ropes Course, moms will meet in small groups with Ms. Klotz and Dr. Damour. Ms. Klotz will facilitate reflective writing and small group conversation about all aspects of motherhood.

Dr. Damour will lead book group discussions of her New York Times bestseller Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood and her forthcoming book Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. [Signed copies of both books will be sent to all participants in June.]

Before the weekend concludes, moms will do some resilience-building work of their own and join their daughters in programming designed to build mutual understanding and strengthen the mother-daughter connection.

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  • Ann Klotz Bio

    Ms. Klotz began her tenure as Laurel’s tenth Head of School in 2004. A graduate of Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA, she was graduated from Yale College, where she earned her B.A. in English. Her M.A. is in the individual study of drama from the Gallatin Division of New York University. She has worked in girls’ schools as a teacher and administrator for more than thirty years and is devoted to the social and emotional development of girls.
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  • Lisa Damour Bio

    Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes the monthly Adolescence column for the Well Family section of the New York Times, and is a regular contributor at CBS News. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Damour maintains a private psychotherapy practice and also consults and speaks internationally. She is the author of numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development.
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