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Understanding the Impact of Parental Pressure: Next ParenTalks

How much is too much and when is it enough? 

Are there approaches to motivating and applying pressure on kids that are healthy and sustainable? And when does a parent's instinct to want the best for their child by pushing them — affect wellness and mental health?

The third presentation of ParenTalks for the 2021-22 academic year at St. Michael's College School (SMCS) will strive to help parents with ideas and strategies to answer those questions and more.

Entitled, ‘The Many Faces of Parental Pressure: A Conversation’, the event will feature a panel of experts in psychology, family medicine, mental health, and education.

Guest speakers for February 2022 SMCS ParenTalks event
Dr. Hendrie Weisinger, Dr. Mark Broussenko '07, and Mr. John Connelly will speak about parental pressure during the third ParenTalks of 2021-22.

Featured guest, Dr. Hendrie Weisinger, clinical psychologist, global thought leader in the fields of emotional intelligence and anger management, and New York Times best-selling author will share evidence-based research on the impact of healthy and harmful pressure that parents inevitably exert on their children.

His latest book, which he co-authored with a fellow psychologist called, ‘The Unlikely Art of Parental Pressure: A Positive Approach to Pushing Your Child to Be Their Best Self’, was published in 2021.

The live ParenTalks webcast will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 7 p.m. and also features:

Dr. Mark Broussenko '07, MD
Family Physician
Hospitalist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Mr. John Connelly
Director of Student Affairs
St. Michael's College School

SMCS ParenTalks on Parental Pressure | student writing on paper

The panel will also discuss:

  • The science behind healthy parental pressure versus unhealthy parental pressure
  • The difference between setting expectations and applying pressure
  • How to apply pressure effectively
  • Ways to nurture motivation
  • Positive approaches to help kids succeed
  • The mental health consequences of applying unhealthy pressure

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