All parents want to do what's best for their kids, but it's not always easy to strike the balance between structure and freedom.

New Canaan CARES will host Maud Purcell, parenting expert, TV personality and founder and executive director of the Life Solution Center of Darien, in two interactive programs this month.

The first, which is an all-elementary program, will take place at South Elementary School on Oct. 16 at 9:15 a.m. The second, directed toward middle school parents, will be at Saxe Middle School on Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Each presentation will cover topics such as involvement without overprotection, the role of painful experiences in building resiliency, charting an individual parenting course in an achievement-oriented culture, and parenting styles that work in today's world. The timely topic will help families settle into the new school year with more confidence and success.

For more information or to register, visit www.newcanaancares.org.

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