Jasen Frelot – Kids and Race @ Mercer Island High School
Jan 18 @ 7:00 PM

How can parents and educators empower their children to be successful participants in an increasingly racialized world?Learn from Jasen how the stories we unintentionally tell our children to have the greatest impact on their racial identity development and steps for empowering families to address racial injustice in a loving, sustainable, humble way. Jasen Frelot is a father, early childhood educator, social justice advocate, and co-founder of Kids and Race Seattle, which has been featured in Parent Map Magazine and on NPR.

For parents with students in Preschool through middle school

Angst (Film) – Anxiety and Kids @ MIHS Performing Arts Center
Feb 6 @ 7:00 PM

An IndieFlix Film

Parent Edge in partnership with Mercer Island Library and Youth and Family Services presents ANGST- Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety. Children and young adults offer intimate, honest and accessible perspectives on suffering from and managing anxiety. Experts highlight research and offer tools and resources that provide hope. There will be a panel discussion post screening. 

For parents with students of all ages & students in grades 6-12

Jessica Lahey – The Gift of Failure @ MIHS Performing Arts Center
Mar 20 @ 7:00 PM

Research has shown that the key to motivating students to own their education and develop resilience is intrinsic motivation. Jessica offers practical advice for fostering intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off of extrinsic motivators such as short-term rewards, bribes, honors, coercion, and yes, even grades, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need in order to succeed. Jessica Lahey is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, “The Gift of Failure.”

For parents with kids of all ages