PRESENTATIONS TO EMPOWER PARENTS
Mary is an inspiring speaker who brings humor, compassion, and expertise to her presentations. Mary captures her audience by incorporating brain science and research in a way that is understandable and approachable for parents.
Parents walk away with practical strategies that they are immediately able to implement.
Professionals and parents alike can benefit from Mary's teachings.
Presentations are available in-person in the DC tri-state or virtually (anywhere).
Your Group, Your Presentation
You can either select from one of my signature presentations or we can discuss additional or customized topics that might be more relevant to your group.
- Presentations available with our without slides
- Handouts included upon request
- Audience questions may be submitted ahead of time
- Q&A session optional
- Virtual (nationally) or in-person (Washington DC tri-state)
Slides available to download following the presentation
"I still have chills after listening to Mary's presentation to our school's PTA group. It was so relevant to our times and powerfully impactful for me as a parent.
It felt like she was speaking directly to me, directly about my problems!"
PTA PRESIDENT, ARMSTRONG ELEMENTARY
FAIRFAX COUNTY, NORTHERN VIRGINIA
I Just Wish They Weren't So Anxious
Anxiety is an inextricable part of the human condition, but as parents it is difficult when our children suffer before exams, sports matches, music recitals…even outings with friends! Learn the simple brain science behind anxiety and get easy-to-implement tools so your child will develop the emotional hardware to experience and process anxiety, then move on to enjoying themselves. The even better news? These same tools lead to better behavior, increased cooperation and more calm at home. And who can’t use that?!
Building Boundaries - Why and How
Learn why boundaries are so critical for a child’s emotional development (not to mention your sanity). Understand why it feels so incredibly hard to stick to them and why consequences don't seem to be working. Walk away with research-backed parenting strategies that allow you to change the family dynamic and to get everyone back on track with a new set of boundaries: yours and theirs.
Talking to Kids About Scary Things
Now, more than ever, kids are exposed to difficult topics and traumatic events, leaving parents confused by their protective instincts to guard the innocence of our children as long as we can. We will discuss the simple brain science behind anxiety and what makes children feel safe and, with this foundation, look at how parents can engage their children in these seminal moments, so that they can support their children without contributing to the anxiety.
Power Tools for Power Struggles
Power struggles are at the root of so many challenges in virtually every household. 'My child won't listen,' 'My daughter is so manipulative,' 'My son is so aggressive.' These are not uncommon themes. Children dig in and our intuitive response - which includes bribing, punishing, and times outs - just doesn't seem to work. And the battle is on. Understand what is really behind the power struggles, get tips to avoid them, and learn an approach that is key to gaining your child’s cooperation.
Cultivating Resilience or How Can I Give My Child Resiliency?
While you can’t just give a child resilience, you can absolutely nurture it. Resilience is sort of paradoxical: we want them to toughen up, but kids need some hand holding to turn hard times into resilience. The good news? You can use any of the day-to-day parenting struggles or successes to help shape your child’s brain – and bolster resiliency.
Mary’s going to share with you the simple brain science behind resiliency and give you easy-to-implement tools to help your child develop the emotional hardware to deal with whatever life throws at them. The even better news? These same tools lead to better behavior, increased cooperation and more calm at home. And who can’t use that?!
The Power of a Reset: Getting Your Parenting Back on Track?
Feeling like your parenting has gotten away from you? Maybe its frustrating behavior, communication challenges, or you just want stronger relationships in your family. The good news? It's never to late to get back on track. We'll explore how to reset your parenting, using simple brain science, easy-to-implement tools, and tips for connection. As a result, you will not only restore your confidence but enjoy increased cooperation, calm and connection at home.
Rewriting Your Parenting Story
No one’s parenting journey goes the way they expect. But do you feel like your story has gotten away from you? Take back the narrative of your parenting. In this deeply personal and vulnerable presentation, Mary shares her own story- one that includes a childhood filled with trauma and her lifelong work to overcome her history and write a new chapter for her own children.
Learn how being the parents we want to be starts with this hard look at where we’ve been and how to get where we want to be, for our sake and for our children’s. In the end, you will have the script for a new, hope filled story of your parenting and your family.