Seneca Academy Parenting Series


Four great workshops you won’t want to miss!

Join us for a series of parenting workshops presented by Seneca Academy’s Head of School Dr. Michelle Parker.

1st-week-045Understand Your Child’s Brain Development
November 8, 2017 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Ever wonder why your child acts the way they do or how they understand the world around them? In this workshop we will:

  • Establish a “Mission Statement” to guide parenting.
  • Establish a developmental framework for understanding your child’s behavior, play and learning.
  • Explore parenting strategies to promote healthy brain development.

Picking Your Battles:
Setting Limits for Healthy Development
January 24, 2018 (6:30-8:00 pm)

As parents, we are our children’s first teachers. How we establish expectations, set limits and model problem-solving will shape how they grow into resilient, independent and principled individuals.
In this workshop we will:

  • Clarify a parenting “Mission Statement” that is developmentally appropriate and supports our goals for our children.
  • Develop a framework for establishing a positive home environment and rapport with your child, clear expectations and boundaries and natural consequences that are developmentally appropriate.
  • Develop a framework for problem solving that helps you keep your cool, even when things are feeling out of control.
  • Understand the importance of setting boundaries for the development of a healthy sense of self and self-regulation.

Navigating Friendships and Playground Politics: Supporting Your Child’s Social Development
February 28, 2018 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Establishing and nurturing friendships is an important life skill. In this workshop we will explore how parents can help their children:

  • Develop meaningful and authentic friendships through empathy and kindness
  • Join groups and share effectively
  • Understand the “hidden curriculum” of social norms and how to resolve conflicts

Parenting in the Digital Age
May 9, 2018 (6:30-8:00 pm)

There is so much information about all the technology out there. How do you make sense of it and decide what is right for your child? How do we help kids develop a healthy relationship with technology? How do we decide how much is too much? Find out:

  • What level of exposure is healthy at each age?
  • How to set limits around technology?
  • Impact of technology on brain and social development.

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About Dr. Michelle Parker

dr-parker-with-kids-017Dr. Parker is the Head of School at Seneca Academy and a child psychologist. Prior to coming to Seneca, she worked as a psychologist and administrator at The Sidwell Friends School and was in private practice in Bethesda. Throughout her career, Dr. Parker has presented workshops to parents and teachers at many area schools, including Bullis, Whitman HS, Evergreen School, National Presbyterian School, Sidwell Friends, the Hill School and Key Elementary. She is a firm believer that it “takes a village to raise a child” and loves partnering with schools and parents to support a pragmatic and developmentally appropriate approach to raising children.