ParentEd Talks Chicago

You’re parenting in a time like no other. And you have a village that’s here to help. Welcome to Chicago Parent’s 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 2022-23

Signing up is quick, easy and free. Click on each topic to learn more and register directly on Eventbrite. Or, sign up for all 12 events in just one click. 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. 

Upcoming Events


Built to Last: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples

When: Feb. 7, 2023
Speaker: Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D.

Drawing on more than 40 years of research in the fields of intimacy and sexuality, Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., will speak about how couples can zest up their relationship, revealing the secrets of happy couples and the profound intimacy, mutual respect and deep friendship that can be achieved in a modern egalitarian partnership — what she has termed a “peer marriage.”


The Shifting ADHD/ADD Lens: Moving From Disability to Ability

When: March 2, 2023
Speaker: Dr. Edward Hallowell

New York Times–bestselling author Dr. Edward Hallowell will share his insights on the latest brain science behind ADHD/ ADD and his strengths-based approach to identifying, developing and celebrating the talents embedded in ADHD, dyslexia and other syndromes.

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A Parenting Playbook for Raising the Happiest Kids on Earth

When: March 22, 2023
Speaker: Jessica Joelle Alexander

Denmark has been voted one of the happiest countries in the world for more than 40 years in a row, and inquiring PNW parents want to know why! In this fascinating ParentEd Talk, cultural researcher and author Jessica Joelle Alexander will reveal the secrets of the Danish style of parenting (along with other international views on parenting) that will help parents of all walks of life “raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world,” applying her “PARENT” acronym: Play, Authenticity, Reframing, Empathy, No ultimatums and Togetherness.


The Habits of Highly Effective Adolescents

When: April 18, 2023
Speaker: Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Acclaimed sociologist Christine Carter, Ph.D., melds research — including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology and social psychology — with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers and a leadership coach. In this interactive talk, she’ll give parents and educators realistic ways to help preteens, teens and college students find focus and fulfillment through the development of effective habit formation, goal-setting and authentic leadership skills.

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Transforming Trauma and Navigating Overwhelm

When: May 4, 2023
Speaker: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

In this interactive talk, trauma exposure pioneer Laura van Dernoot Lipsky will offer practical tools to help us sustain, individually and collectively, in the face of trauma, secondary trauma and overwhelm. Whether trauma is related to our work, our personal lives, the pandemic, the stresses of parenting or other crises, she will discuss what the consequences of trauma are as well as strategies for supporting ourselves and each other.


June 2023 topic to be announced

When: TBA
Speaker: TBA

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Past Events


Wired and Tired: Screen Time and Behavior Disturbance in Children

When: Sept. 20, 2022
Speaker: Victoria Dunckley, M.D.

Dr. Victoria Dunckley specializes in the impact of electronic screen time on children’s brains and technology as a trigger of a variety of stubborn youth mental health and development symptoms. Her solution? An intervention that can produce a life-changing shift in brain function, leading to marked improvements in mood, focus, sleep and behavior.

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The Extraordinary Power of a Resilient Mindset

When: Oct. 12, 2022
Speakers: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. + Robert B. Brooks, Ph.D.

Back by popular demand, ParentMap welcomes Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., and Robert B. Brooks, Ph.D., co-authors of “Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success.” Drs. Goldstein and Brooks have made a decades-long study of what components and skills contribute to the dynamic development of a resilient mindset, and will share strate- gies parents can employ to nurture this mindset and resilient behaviors in themselves and in their children.

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How Fostering Spirituality Cultivates Happier, Healthier Kids

When: Nov. 1, 2022
Speaker: Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

In this ParentEd Talk, Lisa Miller, Ph.D., will share the groundbreaking and surprising neuroscience of spirituality and how to engage it in our lives and parenting to enhance grit, optimism and resilience in ourselves and in our children — providing insulation against the ills of addiction, trauma and depression.


Curious Children, Wise Elders: How Childhood and Elderhood Shape Intelligence and Learning

When: Nov. 17, 2022
Speaker: Alison Gopnik, Ph.D.

Drawing on her own cutting-edge scientific research on the cognitive development of humans from infanthood, Alison Gopnik, Ph.D., will reveal fascinating insights into how caregiving relationships in childhood and old age evolve distinc- tive capacities for cognition and culture. Gopnik will explain how these two developmental life stages are related, and how the relationship between children and grandparents, in particular, is key to human culture.

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Raising Critical Thinkers: Media Literacy for the Digital Age

When: Dec. 6, 2022
Speaker: Julie Bogart

Tech-savvy kids today are constantly awash in an onslaught of unfiltered information. How can parents help them at every stage of development to cultivate an ability to safely explore the world around them with an understanding of how their loyalties and biases affect how they assimilate information and form their beliefs? Homeschooling hero Julie Bogart will draw on her more than 20 years of curriculum development experience to share strategies for parents to coach critical digital literacy skills in their kids.


How to Talk to Kids About Race at Home and in the Classroom

When: Jan. 19, 2023
Speakers: Jeffery Robinson and Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Don’t miss this critical conversation on the history of anti-Black racism in America by two of the nation’s leading scholars on race, democracy, inequality and criminal justice in modern U.S. history.

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