Parenting: the Good, the Hard and the Science of it

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Date(s) - 07/10/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Parents, grandparents and caregivers have an essential role to play to promote healthy child development.

Our Society knows the critical importance of the early years of a child’s life.  Because children don’t come with an instruction manual, we are pleased to offer this free virtual education event to help promote early child development.  Our speaker will simplify the science of early brain development.

For parents, the goal of this presentation is to help you to feel more competent and comfortable so that your child experiences safety and security as well as fun and joy in a way that lays the ground work for a healthy life. 

For grandparents, when you raised your children, you had little science to guide you. Therefore, you likely chose one of two paths: either doing what your parents did or doing the opposite. Today, we have more scientific information about early childhood development.  Consequently, you can use this knowledge to help your grandchildren get the right start and grow up to be emotionally, physically and socially healthy.

For child caregivers and educators, these little human beings in your care depend on you for safety and security. You will learn practical ways to stimulate healthy brain development. Furthermore, you will discover why it is better to have a “time-in” instead of a “time-out.”  Also, you will hear ideas on how to respond when children have negative experiences in their lives. 

The Speaker: Gail Smillie, M.Ed. CCC

Calgary Society for Healthy Child Development is pleased to have Gail Smillie as our presenter. Gail’s professional education makes her eminently qualified to talk about the science of early childhood development.

Gail continues to offer counselling to individuals and families in her private practice.

Over the past 25 years, Gail has presented workshops to
grandparents and caregivers,
child care workers,
foster and kinship parents,
social workers and adoptions specialists,
teachers and principals,
psychologists and counsellors.

Gail’s topics have related to parenting and early childhood development; attachment and trauma; and disaster responses.  For many years, Gail presented her very popular topic on adolescent brain development, “Crazy by Design.”

Event is free. Registration is required.

Register at Eventbrite

You will receive an email with the Zoom link prior to the event.


If you want some suggestions about books to read, Gail has provided a list of reading for parents. It is available on our Resources page.

Help us to spread the word

If you know others who might like to attend, parents, grandparents, child caregivers and educators, please help us to spread the word.  Here is a poster for you to print and share.


Our thanks to Kerby Centre for the 55+ for hosting this event on zoom.

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