Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author and internationally recognized speaker, is visiting St. Mary’s Academy on April 4 to present and facilitate workshops to students, parents and guardians, and faculty and staff. Dr. Thompson is known for his expertise in child development and for helping parents navigate the pressures of raising children in today’s world.
In his talk to parents and guardians, Dr. Thompson will focus on “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life.” He will share his insights into the psychological journey that children go through during their thirteen years in school and provide practical strategies for supporting your child’s success. His talk will be especially relevant to parents and guardians looking to support their child’s academic success while also helping them manage the pressures that come with it.
His presentation to parents and guardians is on April 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Community Center. Parents and guardians outside of the SMA community are also welcome to attend. Please RSVP using this link. Attendees will learn practical strategies for supporting their child’s success in school and life. A limited number of his book, “The Pressured Child: Freeing Our Kids from Performance Overdrive and Helping Them Find Success in School and LIfe” will be available for purchase at the event.
Dr. Thompson will speak to Grade 5 and Middle School students on his topic: “Best Friends/ Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood.” His interactive discussion will give students a better understanding of the social dynamics of their age group and help them develop the skills they need to navigate these dynamics positively and healthily.
He will also speak to High School students on “College Craziness” and the pressure and stress students can face as they prepare for the college admissions process. Students will have the opportunity to engage with him and ask questions.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D., is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School. He has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the U.S., and international schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has authored and co-authored several books, including “Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys,” “Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions about Raising Sons,” “Best Friends/ Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of children,” “Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems,” “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life,” “It’s a Boy!: Understanding Your Son’s Development from Birth to Eighteen,” and “Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow.”