Figuring Out Friendships, A Mother-Daughter Workshop for 5th & 6th Graders
$0 – $15
Figuring Out Friendships, A Mother-Daughter Workshop for 5th & 6th Graders

Figuring Out Friendships, A Mother-Daughter Workshop for 5th & 6th Graders

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The NEW Center

1100 N. Main Street #100

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Being a mom is tough. Being a teenager is tough. Join us for a workshop to learn how to build a positive alliance with your daughter(s) as she learns to navigate friendships. Understand what relational aggression is and how to develop the skills to cope with the challenges faced by teens of today. During this workshop, you won't just be sitting and listening, you'll be practicing constructive, open conversations to build an alliance between you and your daughter(s) mothers and daughters while maintaining their child's growing need for independence.

This workshop is part of the Junior League of Ann Arbor's Strong Moms Strong Girls curriculum which addresses the challenges of relational aggression. Relational aggression is a broad term but includes behaviors such as gossiping, spreading rumors, or threatening to reject or exclude someone. The goal of the program is to familiarize parents, educators, and caregivers with the uniqueness and intricacies of relational aggression. Strong Moms Strong Girls gives participants language and tools to be able to identify relational aggression and reduce its impact on girls.

It is strongly recommended that mother/daughter pairs attend this program without knowing the other attendees. While, this may not be entirely possible, it will work best if pairs plan to attend independently.

The workshop will be conducted by Gabrielle Gruber and Emily Abbenante-Honold.


Gabrielle Gruber is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Ann Arbor, MI. She provides psychotherapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families and uses a collaborative, empathic approach. She has a special interest in working with adolescent girls and their families and is passionate about building girls’ and young women’s resilience. Ms. Gruber received her graduate training at the University of Michigan in 2003 and has facilitated several groups focused on parenting and social skills. She is the proud mother of two Strong Girls and enjoys cooking and walking in the woods.

Emily Abbenante-Honold is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Ann Arbor, MI. She enjoys working with children, adults and families to help them identify their values and make collaborative choices about treatment. Dr. Abbenante-Honold has researched how community members can best help support the wellness of children and their parents, and continues to be interested in preventative interventions. She received her PhD from Central Michigan University and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

The fine print:

  • Lunch will be provided during this event.
  • Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship ticket, please send an email to smsg@jlaa.org and tell us why you are excited to attend this workshop.
  • A single ticket applies to BOTH a mother and daughter.
  • Please note that tickets for this event are non-refundable.
  • Due to the nature of this workshop, any participants arriving after 9:20 will not be able to join the program.
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