The Modern Parent

Scott Osborn ’94

March 3, 2017

Renowned consultant, author and psychologist, Dr. Michael G. Thompson, visited Punahou and conducted a talk for parents on Feb. 13, 2017. Thompson, who also serves as the supervising psychologist for Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts, used stories from his decades of professional experience to address the daily perils, real or imagined, faced by modern-day parents.

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Thompson noted how modern parents, despite spending much more time with their children, are far too often motivated by fear in doing what they think is best for their children. “Much of the consulting that I do now is about managing parental fears,” he said.

Acknowledging the growing pressure for children to attend an elite college after graduating from high school, Thompson made it clear that a parent’s focus should be on the journey, not the destination. “You know your child is having a good journey if he or she feels connected, recognized and has a growing sense of mastery,” he noted.

Parents were given the opportunity to ask questions during the second half of the event. The questions covered a wide range of topics, including dealing with peer and parental pressure, all answered by Thompson in his typical humorous style. The event, which was organized by the Punahou Parent Faculty Association, concluded with a breakfast buffet for attendees.

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