The Parents Leadership Council Meeting on April 30 was a terrific success. Keynote speaker Stuart Bicknell, New Hampton School Class of 1963, addressed the group on Boarding School Culture and Adolescent Stress.
Stuart is a graduate of Middlebury College and earned his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. He has been affiliated with Deerfield Academy for 40+ years having started their counseling program as part of his graduate work. He also taught and ran a private practice. He now serves as a part-time conultant.
After Stuart's presentation, the parents broke out into four groups to discuss a variety of questions including "Are today's children "bubble wrapped"?, "What’s your sense of the role today’s parents play in the lives of their boarding school teenagers?", and "Were previous generations – including yours - grittier than today’s children?". The conversation was lively!