ParentEd Talks Chicago

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You’re parenting in a time like no other. And you have a village that’s here to help. Welcome to Chicago Parent’s very first round of ParentEd Talks. This exclusive, FREE virtual speaker series features some of the nation’s top parenting experts — all offering support to Chicagoland families just like you. Their singular goal? To help you solve your toughest parenting challenges. These chats offer up some welcome perspective, along with opportunities to ask questions and hear from other parents in your community and beyond. Join us for pro insights and engaging discussions that will enrich, educate and inspire you on your parenting journey!

Register for ParentEd Talks Chicago 2021-22

Signing up is quick, easy and free. Click on each topic to learn more and register directly on Eventbrite. Not sure you’ll be able to make it? We get it! That’s why we’ll always send you the full video replay after the event. To learn more about all 10 topics and speakers at our 2021-22 ParentEd Talks, click here.

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TOPICS

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Start Winning Together in Parenting and Marriage – 5/17/22
Creating a Healthier ‘Media Diet’ for Kids – 6/7/22

Upcoming Events

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How to Stop Fighting and Start Winning Together in Parenting and Marriage

When: May 17, 2022
Speakers: Nate Klemp, Ph.D. + Kaley Klemp

Most modern-day couples grapple with the same question: How can we be equals and in love, especially when faced with parenting challenges, digital distractions and our “always on” work culture? Nate and Kaley Klemp co-authored The 80/80 Marriage: A New Model for a Happier, Stronger Marriage to answer this question. In it, they outline a new model of marriage for today’s couples. The Klemps share several key insights and tools of the 80/80 marriage, including how shifting from a mindset of 50/50 equal to one based on radical generosity alleviates mental overload syndrome in relationships, how planned eroticism (read: scheduled intimacy) and balanced power lead to amazing sex — and more.

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The Happier Divorce: Parents Are Embracing Conscious Uncoupling

Modern-day methods for conscious uncoupling are making divorce less intimidating.

The Importance of Being a Couple, Not Just Parents

Get expert advice on staying connected as a couple as you navigate parenthood.

How to Bring Intimacy Back in Your Relationship

Relationship experts weigh in on the importance of physical and emotional intimacy, and how to keep it alive.

Six Tips to Help Parents Improve Their Love Lives

If you’re not happy with the quantity or quality-or both-of your sex life, don’t despair. Even the busiest parent can take steps to improve their love life, which will improve their relationship as well.

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The Happier Divorce: Parents Are Embracing Conscious Uncoupling

January may mean a fresh start with a new year, but it is also often referred to as “Divorce Month,” as the number of...

The importance of being a couple, not just parents

Get expert advice on staying connected as a couple as you navigate parenthood.

How to Bring Intimacy Back in Your Relationship

Relationship experts weigh in on the importance of physical and emotional intimacy, and how to keep it alive.

Six Tips to Help Parents Improve Their Love Lives

If you're not happy with the quantity or quality-or both-of your sex life, don't despair. Even the busiest parent can take steps to improve their love life, which will improve their relationship as well. It's win/win.
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Screen-Time Reset: Expert Guidance for a Healthier ‘Media Diet’ for Kids

When: June 7, 2022
Speaker: Dimitri Christakis, M.D.

Dr. Dimitri Chirstakis, director of Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, reflects on his landmark research on the impact of a “media diet” on children’s social, cognitive and emotional development — through a post-pandemic opportunity lens. Drawing from a study aimed at understanding and quantifying the long-term effects on children caused by the disruption in schooling during the pandemic, Christakis presents a blueprint for how parents and educators can close up gaps in education attainment and rebalance screen time.

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10 Brain Breaks to Try With Kids Remote Learning

Take a breather from the screens and try one of these fun ideas. 

15 Ways to Keep Kids Active Indoors

Are your kids stuck on their tech? Put the screens down and have fun together with these indoor activities.

Chicago-Area Parents and Kids Weigh in on the Good and Bad of Social Media

Local parents and kids weigh in on the benefits and pitfalls of social media to help you make the best choices for your kids.

10 Screen-Free Ways to Celebrate Worldwide Day of Play

Get up, get out and go play on the Worldwide Day of Play and beyond with these fun ideas.

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10 Brain Breaks to Try With Kids Remote Learning

Take a breather from the screens!

15 Ways to Keep Kids Active Indoors

Are your kids stuck on their tech? Put the screens down and have fun together with these indoor activities.

Chicago-Area Parents and Kids Weigh in on the Good and Bad of Social Media

Local parents and kids weigh in on the benefits and pitfalls of social media to help you make the best choices for your kids.

10 Screen-Free Ways to Celebrate Worldwide Day of Play

Get up, get out and go play on the Worldwide Day of Play and beyond with these fun ideas.

Past Events

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Learning From the Past: Why Educating Kids on Race Matters

When: Sept. 23, 2021
Speakers: Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Jeffery Robinson

To raise fairer, kinder and smarter kids who are prepared to build a more equitable society, we have to reconsider how history and race are taught in our schools. Don’t miss this critical conversation by Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Jeffery Robinson, two of the nation’s leading scholars on race, inequality and criminal justice.

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5 Kid-Friendly Podcasts That Discuss Race and Diversity

Add these podcasts to your family’s playlist to hear real stories, learn about history in an engaging way — and figure out what to do next.

9 Anti-Racism Videos to Watch with Your Kids

An important piece of raising kids who are anti-racist is incorporating messages of anti-racism into the media they enjoy. These videos help you do just that.

Overcoming America’s History of Racism and Segregation

A mom talks about how Black women have fought injustice throughout America’s history and continue to do so, despite the heartbreak.

How Parents Can Raise Children Who Are Anti-Racists

Learn the differences between tolerance and anti-racism, get tips on raising anti-racists and discover what you need to know about racism in the 21st century.

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Anti-Racism Videos to Watch with Your Kids

These YouTube videos provide some educational value for kids of all ages.

Overcoming America’s History of Racism and Segregation

“Out of the huts of history’s shame, I rise up. Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise."

How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

These lessons have changed for the better in the 21st century.
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Why Tenacity Matters in Raising Successful Kids

When: Oct. 27, 2021
Speakers: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. + Robert B. Brooks, Ph.D.

Tenacity is more important than ever in preparing kids for the future. In this illuminating talk, Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., and Robert B. Brooks, Ph.D., co-authors of Tenacity in Children, will challenge you to rethink how you parent, socialize and educate your kids so that they can successfully transition into adult life.

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Raising Kids with True Grit

So much of modern parenting involves meticulously protecting children from discomfort and unhappiness, grit seems like a new discovery.

Ways to Help Encourage Kids to Be Confident

A parent’s new outlook is seeking to raise confident, capable kids who grow up to be independent, happy adults.

Tips to Help Your Little Activist Share Their Voice

Fuel your child’s desire to make a difference by encourage them to be an activist with causes that are important to them.

Feminist Books You Can Read with Kids

We gathered up a list of amazing feminist books for kids to encourage our young girls to be the best they can be.

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Raising Kids with True Grit

That ring of dirt around the tub means the family has been outside making new discoveries.

Simple Ways to Help Encourage Kids to Be Confident

Breaking free from overparenting will help set your kid up for success.

Tips to Help Your Little Activist Share Their Voice

Fuel your child's desire to make a difference.

Feminist Books You Can Read with Kids

Celebrate women during Women's History Month and beyond with these books for kids of all ages.
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What Makes Relationships Work

When: Nov. 16, 2021
Speaker: John Gottman, Ph.D.

There’s a science to love — and who better to help us understand how love works and how to maintain happy, stable relationships than “The Einstein of Love,” Dr. John Gottman? In this free talk, Dr. Gottman shares simple and effective tools that can strengthen (or even save) your relationship, based on his more than 40 years of breakthrough research.

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Therapist to Chicago parents: Make your relationship a priority

Mallory Rose found the Chicago area lacking in new parenting classes focused solely on the parents' relationship so she created one.

How to Bring Intimacy Back in Your Relationship

Relationship experts weigh in on the importance of physical and emotional intimacy, and how to keep it alive.

Why We Get ‘Mom Crushes’ and What to Do About Them

It's one thing to be on Team Jacob or Team Edward, but what about the crush you get on someone you actually know say a co-worker? Is it a sign that your marriage is in trouble?

Advice on Keeping Relationships Strong (and Steamy)

Berman, Chicago parent of three boys, renowned relationship and sex expert, talk show host and author, has made it her lifes work to get couples to focus on loving. And she's here to fix your sex life.
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Do You Have Your S*%# Together? Preparing for Life’s ‘What-ifs’

When: Dec. 1, 2021
Speaker: Chanel Reynolds

After losing her husband in a tragic accident, Chanel Reynolds learned from firsthand experience that most of us in this country are living one accident or illness away from financial ruin. She founded the Get Your Shit Together website to help others take care of important end-of-life planning tasks to be “less screwed when life goes sideways.” She is the author of What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance and Life’s ‘What-Ifs’.

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Questions You Would Ask Your Parents if You Had the Chance

Dad diagnosed with brain cancer: What questions would you ask?

Do You Really Need Life Insurance?

Sometimes it stinks to be the grown-up. Case in point: life insurance.

How Couples Should Handle Their Money and Bank Accounts

As long as there have been couples, there have been spats over money. We look at the three ways couples commonly handle their cash.

10 Tips for Young Parents to Save Money

A new baby can add between $7,000 and $14,000 to your budget in the first year alone. Here's how to save money, from the...
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Bias Interruptus: Supporting Anti-Bias Education at Home and in School

When: Feb. 16, 2022
Speaker: Scotland Nash, Ed.D.

Anti-bias education works to expose the biases we all have. As parents and educators, how can we proactively confront our own biases in order to best support our students in learning and fostering anti-bias skills, both inside and outside of the classroom? Join this important talk by the associate director for employer transformation at Talent Rewire, Dr. Scotland Nash, where she shares practical and powerful ways to start and maintain an ongoing dialogue with students — and influence school curricula and policies to strengthen allyship and support for the disenfranchised in our communities.

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How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

Learn the differences between tolerance and anti-racism, get tips on raising anti-racists and learn some of what you need to know about racism in the 21st century.

13 Learning Activities to Help Discuss Race with Kids

Talking to your kids about race? Try these hands-on learning activities and crafts focused on diversity and anti-racism.

Starting a Diversity Program

Help your child’s school celebrate culture and diversity by starting a diversity program. These handy tips and online resources designed for parents and teachers can get you started.

How to Address Racism in Kids’ Books and Movies

When considering books that live in children’s literature “canon,” parents need to reflect about why the book is important to them or their own family.

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How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

These lessons have changed for the better in the 21st century.

13 Learning Activities to Help Discuss Race with Kids

Start the conversation of race with these activities.

Starting a Diversity Program

Help your child's school celebrate culture and diversity.

How to Address Racism in Kids’ Books and Movies

Sometimes kids' media isn't as sweet as it seems and feature instances of intolerance.
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Peaceful Parenting: Solutions for Your Toughest Behavior Challenges

When: March 22, 2022
Speaker: Laura Markham, Ph.D.

Bring it! Are you desperately seeking that magical epiphany that will help you transform your child’s specifically problematic behavior (or maybe your own)? Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting joins us for a lively Q+A to share her reassuring and empowering wisdom for handling the trickiest behavioral challenges, all in order to cultivate a more peaceful home and to raise happy, responsible and considerate kids. Markham is author of three bestselling books, including Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting.

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When You Need Help With Your Child’s Behavior

At the best of times, parenting is hard work. If you’re concerned about your child’s behavior, there’s help at Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families.

When Behavior Becomes an Issue: Tips for Parents with Kids with Special Needs Can Use

Get tips on addressing behavior issues that parents with children with special needs can use in the moment — and all the rest of the time, too.

How to Tame Toddler Tantrums

Punishment may not be the best way to handle your toddler’s tantrum. Get expert insight and advice on how to handle this situation better.

How to Manage Challenging Behaviors

What do you do when your child hits, throws tantrums or refuses to share? Where should you turn for a child dealing with anxiety or depression? A panel of four experts weighs in.

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When You Need Help With Your Child’s Behavior

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How to tame toddler tantrums

Punishing toddlers’ negative behavior may lead to behavioral problems later on, especially for boys, found a new study by the University of Illinois.

How to manage challenging behaviors

Tantrums, particularly when they happen in public, can be stressful for the child and for the parent.
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How to Win at Parenting Without Losing Yourself

When: April 19, 2022
Speaker: Whitney Casares, M.D.

In this reassuring and evidence-based discussion, Dr. Whitney Casares, aka Modern Mommy Doc, shares her blueprint for what it means to be a successful working mother, finding balance and personal satisfaction in both our roles as parents and professionals. Attendees learn practical and actionable tools and tips for breaking the cycle of burnout in parenting to experience greater joy. It’s all about setting priorities, shifting focus to our own health and well-being, establishing an equal parenting partnership and delegating appropriately.

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4 easy self-care tips to live well

how do you actually practice self-care when the reality is that it may feel like one more thing to add to your already jam-packed schedule?

Local Mom Opens Up About Crisis

Balancing optimism in moments when life throws you curve balls is such a complex paradox.

4 Reasons Parents Deserve More Support

Learn more about the challenges parents face all across America, how we got here and how we can come together.

4 Ways to Find Yourself in Motherhood

Feeling lost? Here are some simple tricks to help you feel like yourself again.

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4 easy self-care tips to live well

Try to make your spirit bright.

Local Mom Opens Up About Crisis

Balancing optimism in moments when life throws you curve balls is such a complex paradox.

4 Reasons Parents Deserve More Support

Overwhelmed all the time? You shouldn't do it alone.
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The ‘Yes Brain’: Coaching Our Kids From Reactivity to Receptivity

When: May 3, 2022
Speaker: Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

When facing challenges, unpleasant tasks and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices and bedtime, children often act out or shut down, responding with reactivity instead of receptivity. This is a “No Brain” response. But our kids can be taught to approach life with openness and curiosity, even during difficult times. This “Yes Brain” leads to the characteristics we want to nurture in them: emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight and empathy. In this presentation based on her new book (co-authored with Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.), Dr. Tina Payne Bryson discusses ways to encourage this positive, engaged approach to life in our kids with her trademark warmth and humor.

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How to Have a Yes Day with Kids 

Before you start, set some rules and share a few ideas to your family.

Why Taking Risks is Good for You 

A local mom talks about taking risks and why it’s beneficial for kids.

Raising Kids with True Grit 

That ring of dirt around the tub means the family has been outside making new discoveries.

Why Kids’ Feelings Do Matter 

From toddler tantrums to power struggles, an expert from Smart Love explains how tapping into kids’ feelings can help both of you. And she says it’s never too late to start!

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How to Have a Yes Day with Kids

Before you start, set some rules and share a few ideas to your family.

Why taking risks is good for you

We caution our kids against risky behavior, but sometimes risk can be good for you.

Raising Kids with True Grit

That ring of dirt around the tub means the family has been outside making new discoveries.

Why Kids’ Feelings Do Matter

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