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Parent Education

When parents are excited and eager to learn, so are their children. Sacred Heart’s Parent Education Program provides parents with opportunities to grow, connect and discover, so their children will thrive both in school and in family life.

2020-21 Events

All Parent Education for 2020-21 will be virtual and sessions will not be recorded. Please join us for any or all of these fall offerings:


Positive Discipline with Lisa Herold, Consultant and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer

There is something for every PK-8 parent. These Division-specific talks will focus on age-appropriate Positive Discipline.

Lunch and Learn: Positive Discipline Series PK-2
Have you experienced power struggles, tantrums, morning and bedtime hassles, physical aggression or whining? These challenges and many others are a normal part of child development but parents do not receive a how-to manual for early childhood. Modern parents seek modern methods that promote harmony in the home. This workshop encourages the use of kindness and firmness at the same time while teaching children valuable social and life skills.

These sessions build on each other, so it is asked that Sacred Heart parents commit to each of the eight one-hour sessions.

Dates include: October 15, October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, December 3, December 10
Time: Noon-1 pm

Your Child’s Social Life, Grades 3-5
In this interactive workshop, parents will explore “the secret social underworld” of the elementary school child. Participants will learn about the “labs” that children experiment in every day; playgrounds, parks, classrooms and any place where they gather. What “rules” do children create when they form connections? What role might a parent play? How much worry is too much? How can we separate our child’s experience from our own? How can we help navigate the waves without getting in too deep? Takeaways include empowering language and other tools to help understand and guide healthy friendship development.

Two-Part Series: October 13 and October 20
Time: 6:30-8 pm

Tweens and Teens; Moving from Pilot to Co-Pilot, Grades 6-8
As parents, we have been building bridges for our children since birth, with sides close together so they can move safely; experiment, learn and grow. As children grow, we move the sides of their bridges farther apart so they have room to move about while continuing to be safe. Now we have adolescents who are learning to be adults. Where are the sides of the bridge today? Are we closing them because of our fears or expanding them to support the process? What will we do when a child falls or makes a mistake? (Dr. Jane Nelsen) This workshop series will focus on ways to transition from “pilot to co-pilot”. Participants will explore ways to let go while also setting limits. Activities are designed to promote the development of long term life skills.

Two Part Series: November 10 and 17
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm


Dr. Lisa Damour – Sheridan Road Alumna, Psychologist, Author
October 28, 7-8 pm

Lisa Damour, PhD, The New York Times bestselling author of "Untangled," returns with an urgently needed guide to the alarming increase in anxiety and stress experienced by girls from elementary school through college. In her book "Under Pressure," Damour details the many facets of girls’ lives where tension takes hold and offers critical coping strategies that will help parents to reduce their daughters’ anxiety and address the toxic pressures to which our culture subjects girls and young  women.

Dr. Damour will receive Sacred Heart Schools Goal V Award, an award she was to receive in person last May. She will discuss her latest book, "Under Pressure," immediately following.


Dr. Lisa Miller – Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University Teachers College, Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Author of "The Spiritual Child"
January 26, 2021, 7-8:30 pm

Goal I: A personal and active faith in God speaker

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's—as well as their own—well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.

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Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
For parents and students ages 10+
Access the documentary at your leisure between Feb. 22-March 7, 2021

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Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience 
For parents and Middle School students
March 11 – Live showing of Screenagers Next Chapter documentary followed by Q&A with psychologist.

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Parent Education Forums are organized by Sacred Heart Schools’ Leadership Team, School Counselors and Institutional Advancement Department.


Contact Heather Yap, Institutional Advancement Associate, for more information or to RSVP for events.