Parenting is a complex, ever-evolving, and wildly-rewarding job. But there’s no doubt that as our sons grow, we too need to grow as parents. The St. Mark’s Parents’ Association’s Parent Speaker Series is designed to offer parents interesting and timely information about raising children in our fast-paced world. Throughout the school year, parents will have the opportunity to hear from national and local experts on a variety of topics all aimed at helping each of our sons on his Path to Manhood.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 8:15 – 9:30 am
Joint Hockaday/St. Mark’s Parent Meeting (at Hockaday)
St. Mark’s and Hockaday parents will come together at Hockaday in the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Center for the Arts Theater for our annual joint meeting. Guest speaker, Ms. Kristin Bemis, Med, LPC-S, RPT-S, of the East Dallas Counseling Group, will lead a discussion on Mindful Parenting – Building Emotional Resilience in Us and Our Kids. The discussion will look at shifting our focus from happiness to emotional health and intelligence, how to support the development of emotional regulation, and how to cultivate improved tolerance of emotional distress in your child and in yourself as the parent. Afterward, stay to vote on the Slate of Officers for the 2020-2021 Parents’ Association Executive Committee. A casual breakfast will be provided from 7:30–8:15 a.m. 
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson
Authors of The Self-Driven Child, Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson, will talk about the science and sense of giving your kids more control over their lives. Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned is a motivational coach who runs an elite tutoring service. Together they discovered that the best antidote to stress is to give kids a sense of control. In their book and their talks, Bill and Ned offer a combination of cutting-edge brain science, the latest discoveries in behavioral therapy, and case studies drawn from the thousands of kids they've helped. Armed with this research, they advise that parents and educators adopt the role of consultant rather than manager, helping kids take more responsibility for their own decisions and become more resilient, resourceful, and ready to take on new challenges.
This event has been relocated to The Hockaday School's Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Center for the Arts Theater.
Please register online here.

Previous Events

Counseling Coffees
As the 2019–2020 school year began, St. Mark's parents gathered on campus throughout September for Counseling Coffees, where members of the Counseling Office provided insight into the emotional and developmental growth and challenges of boys in each grade.

2018–2019 Speakers
Through the coordination of the Hockaday and St. Mark’s Parents’ Associations, the Parent Education Speaker Series hosted five events during the 2018–2019 school year featuring world-renowned doctors, authors, educators, psychologists, and parenting experts:
  • Dr. Hal Urschel ’77 explained substance abuse and the dangerous new trend of vaping.
  • Anya Kamenetz spoke about how to balance screen time.
  • Dr. Wendy Mogel explained how tone and voice can change a conversation.
  • Dr. Kristen Ohlenforst showed ways to identify and address anxiety in children.
  • Julie Lythcott-Haims shared cautionary tales of overparenting from her time as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen.

St. Mark's School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75230

214-346-8000

About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.