Glenbard Parent Series webinar to discuss the importance of friendships Dec. 7

  • Lydia Denworth

    Lydia Denworth Courtesy of Leslie Hassler

Updated 11/30/2021 6:48 PM

The Glenbard Parent Series: Navigating Healthy Families will present the "Friendship Factor: Nurture it Early and Often" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, via Zoom.

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The bonds of friendship affect our minds and bodies, and humans need them to thrive across their lifetime. Friends matter at every age, but never more so than when we are young.

Lydia Denworth, author of "Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond," will discuss how the social brain gets built, the importance of social and emotional learning for healthy development, and how building good friendship skills early in life sets children and adolescents up for a long, healthy and happy life.

Denworth also will address whether friendships are changing in the age of social media, as well as the effects of the pandemic on young people's social lives.

Denworth is the author of three books of popular science: "Toxic Truth," "I Can Hear You Whisper" and "Friendship."

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Kiwanis Clubs of District 9, and Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department.

For further information, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at (630) 942-7668 or

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