Parenting with Purpose

2019-20 Speaker Series


Raising Resilient Kids
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Arts Center at MHS

Dr. Alex Russell, clinical psychologist, nationally-renowned speaker and author of Drop the Worry Ball, will offer sensible, practical, and back-to-basics advice on the importance of letting kids make mistakes. He will explain how parents can support their children while empowering them to learn on their own and why experiencing small amounts of stress can help children to build resilience.

At a time when parents can be tempted to become overly involved in solving all problems for their children, Dr. Russell proposes that a more hands-off, mentoring approach to parenting may help to reduce kids’ anxiety, allowing them to become more well-adjusted and self-sufficient.


A Path to Family Well-Being through the Science of Mind Body Medicine
Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Arts Center at MHS

Join Dr. Anjali Goel and Dr. Andrea Johnson for an evening of reflection on how positive parenting can strengthen your family’s health and well-being. Learn about what science is telling us and participate in an interactive discussion to discover ways to promote wellness for your family. 

  • Reflect on your parenting strengths and values and how you are modeling these for your family
  • Learn why positive emotions such as connection, gratitude, and compassion can cultivate physical and mental wellness
  • Discover how to chart your course to optimal family health

Dr. Goel is a pediatrician specializing in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She also serves as a faculty member for the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC. Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist at Helping Children & Families in Edina. She is certified in integrative health through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and specializes in gifted children and their families. In addition to working directly with families and being parents themselves, the two have presented at local and national conferences.