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Montreal Families

Free parenting lecture series kicks off in April

A new, free public lecture series for parents will feature experts in psychology, higher education and family dynamics. Topics will include narcissism, helicopter parenting and sibling rivalry.

The Betty and Bernard S. Shapiro Family Lecture Series begins April 25, with The ‘Unselfie’ Revolution. Dr. Michele Borba (pictured right) will explain how the ‘selfie syndrome’ is just one aspect of what she fears is an epidemic of self-absorption that can hurt academic performance, increase bullying and ultimately make children less resilient.

The internationally recognized psychologist will describe her framework for parenting that will shift the focus from “I, me, mine” to “we, us and ours,” encouraging kids to be kind, moral and courageous. Borba’s approach aims to strengthen children’s character and confidence, build strong families and create compassionate school cultures.

On June 7, former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University Julie Lythcott-Haims (pictured left) will present Parenting Adult Children, highlighting the ways overparenting can harm children and add stress for parents. She will explain how parents can learn strategies that allow children to make mistakes so they develop the resourcefulness and determination necessary for success.

On Oct. 23, author Jeffrey Kluger (pictured right) will present The Sibling Effect, which will address the complex world of siblings, birth order, twins and step-kids, and how these relationships shape who we become. He is a senior writer at Time Magazine and the author of nine books.

All the presentations will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Shaare Zion Congregation, 5575 Cote St. Luc Rd., Montreal. Admission is free.

For more information, visit ometz.ca.

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