IICS provides support to its students to help them in academic, personal, social, and emotional success. As a complement to that, we also provide support to parents to provide them with the input and resources to help them guide their children. These events also provide parents an opportunity for dialogue with other parents.   Please join us! For questions on any of these, please contact Secondary Counselor, Brenda St. George.


Presentation and discussion 
This past year has been a difficult one for Istanbul and it is not easy to know how much the recent events have impacted our children. As parents, it is often hard to know what your children are thinking and feeling. Come talk with other parents about the questions your children are asking and share ideas about how best to answer what are often difficult questions with no easy answers. Some guidelines on what to say to various age groups will be provided.
14 FEB, 12:00-13:00 Marmara Campus, Dance Studio
1 MAR, 14:00-15:15 Hisar Campus



Parent Course 1/week for 5 weeks
Many adolescents have difficulty staying motivated at school. Parents often have to pressure their children to expend effort, ending up stressed and at a loss as to how to over-come resistance. You are invited to participate in a five-week program to help you effectively influence your child’s motivation to do his or her best at school. Weekly courses at Marmara Campus starting March 8th. If interested in attending, please email Brenda St. George 

Session One: What is Academic Motivation and How Can Parents Influence It?
Session Two: How to Provide Emotional Support, Set Appropriate Expectations and Become an Informed Parent
Session Three: How to Promote Self-Determination and to Collaborate to Establish Effective Study Skills
Session Four: How to Help with Homework and Empower Your Child to Comply with Academic Demands
Session Five: Understanding the Effects of Emotional Distress on Academic Motivation and a Review of the Ways Parents Can Enhance Academic Motivation


Book club discussion
Six Steps, our first book club book, provides tips on teaching social skills to your teen: Setting Goals, Self-Defeating Behaviors, Being Assertive, Empathy, Anger Management, and Conflict Resolution. Come to the meeting ready to discuss the book’s ideas and possibly share personal experiences as you begin to implement some of the book’s strategies. We have several copies of the book for loan, but you may want your own copy to keep!
12 APR, 8:45-10:30 Marmara Campus
(If enough interest, an alternative session will be organized for Hisar Campus.)



Book club discussion
“One of the most influential books about children ever published, Nurture Shock offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring–because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, Nurture Shock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live.”

Topics include:
• The Inverse Power of Praise
• Inadequate Sleep: IQ, Wellbeing, ADHD, Obesity
• Teaching about Race
• Why Kids Lie
• The Sibling Effect – why they really fight
• The Science of Teen Rebellion
• Self-Control
• Play

10 MAY, Marmara Campus
(If enough interest, an alternative session will be organized for Hisar Campus.)