On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Ayer-Shirley Education Foundation presents "Surviving Adolescence," an evening with parenting expert and author Donna Shea at 7 p.m. in the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Shea will explore adolescent development and how the exciting yet sometimes excruciating process of growing up can impact family life. She will explore why "tweens" and teens sometimes become "allergic" to their parents and why the journey through adolescence can be both affirming and challenging. This talk will address ways to gain respect from your teen or preteen, strategies for parenting a tween or teen, and how to avoid common parenting traps.

Shea is director of the Peter Pan Center, a family and child support center focusing on the development of social skills for children and adolescents. She is the co-author of "How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges," and is currently working on her second book on social skill development. Shea consults with numerous local school districts and is a nationally known speaker and parent educator. Her vast experience working with families, teachers and children of all ages has provided support to hundreds of families over the last decade.

For information about the Ayer-Shirley Education Foundation, email ayershirley.edfoundation@yahoo.

com or visit www.asrsd.org/pages/AyerShirleyRSD/ASEF.