From time to time we post articles and other resources that we feel are valuable for members of the North Star community. For those in the Chicago area, there are some upcoming events in the northern suburbs which we feel are worth attending. Michael Thompson, Ph.D will be speaking on Tuesday, October 21st, and for those who are able to attend, its sure to be worth your while. The events are free of charge, but an RSVP is necessary.
Dr. Thompson will be speaking both in Deerfield (North Shore Unitarian Church) and at Stevenson H.S. on Wednesday on a few relevant topics that we know will be useful for parents.
At 9:30am in Deerfield and at 7pm at Stevenson, Dr. Thompson will be presenting "The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life." You can read the full session description here, but there is no doubt that this is a pressing issue.
At 1pm in Deerfield, Dr. Thompson will be presenting "Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity & Social Cruelty in Childhood". This is sure to be a valuable session on the social complexities that children face. Here is the full session description.
We first experienced Michael Thompson a few years ago when he served as the keynote speaker at the American Camp Association's National Conference. Dr Thompson's straightforward and candid views were great guidance. Dr. Thompson went on to serve on the ACA's national board. He's the author of the book Homesick and Happy, but his expertise is certainly not limited to the summer camp world. He's written several books on children. He and co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons and It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen. With co-authors Catherine O’Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D., he wrote Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems. He and Teresa Barker wrote The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life.
We know that Dr. Thompson is thought provoking and his knowledge of and experience working with children makes this an event that should not be missed. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.