Parent Education Series

Sage Ridge School is a community that seeks to support families as a whole through our Parents Association, community social events, and our PA-sponsored Parent Education Series. 

Our next events will be exploring the work of Dr. Michael Thompson.

A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Thompson

Dr. Thompson will be hosting a session specifically for our grandparents (but parents are welcome too) in the Sage Ridge Community on connecting with grandchildren during the pressures of a pandemic. This is one way we are hoping to have an event more focused for our grandparents since we were not able to host our annual grandparents day this year. Please join us, as Dr. Thompson’s insights, anecdotes and advice are always heartening and useful.

4 February at 5:30 PM via Zoom


Dr. Michael Thompson

Book Cover: Best Friends Worst Enemies

From the publisher:

Best Friends, Worst Enemies brings to life the drama of childhood relationships, guiding parents to a deeper understanding of the motives and meanings of social behavior. Here you will find penetrating discussions of the difference between friendship and popularity, how boys and girls deal in unique ways with intimacy and commitment, whether all kids need a best friend, why cliques form and what you can do about them.

Filled with anecdotes that ring amazingly true to life, Best Friends, Worst Enemies probes the magic and the heartbreak that all children experience with their friends. Parents, teachers, counselors–indeed anyone who cares about children–will find this an eye-opening and wonderfully affirming book.

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Past Events:

September's Book Club discussed Range.

Range explores the impact of specialist versus generalist across parenting, business, sports and education.

Join our Head of School, Tobin Bechtel, to discuss this thought provoking book for our first session of our Parent Book Club this year.

RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
By David Epstein

"Are you a generalist or a specialist? Do you strive for breadth or depth in your career, in your life? After all, you can’t have both. Your time on earth is finite, as are your energy and attention. If you concentrate on doing one thing, you might have a chance of doing it really well. If you seek to do many things, you’ll taste a wider variety of human goods, but you may end up a well-rounded mediocrity — a dilettante.

Folk wisdom holds the trade-off between breadth and depth to be a cruel one: “jack-of-all-trades, master of none,” and so forth. And a lot of thinking in current pop-psychology agrees. To attain genuine excellence in any area — sports, music, science, whatever — you have to specialize, and specialize early: That’s the message. If you don’t, others will have a head start on you in the 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” supposedly necessary for breakout achievement.

But this message is perversely wrong — so David Epstein seeks to persuade us in “Range.” Becoming a champion, a virtuoso or a Nobel laureate does not require early and narrow specialization. Quite the contrary in many cases. Breadth is the ally of depth, not its enemy. In the most rewarding domains of life, generalists are better positioned than specialists to excel."
(Jim Holt - NYT May 28, 2019)