Introducing the Baker Parenting Roundtable Series

Baker is proud to host a series of the Baker Parenting Roundtable Series this semester in cooperation with the Family Service Center of Wilmette and Northbrook.

All events are free and open to the public.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your seat(s).

Upcoming Events

Staying Organized: Time, Balance, and Managing School
Tuesday, March 8, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
(for 3rd-8th grade parents)

As students enter grades 5-8, they face the daunting task of balancing many competing aspects of life, including homework, friendships, long-term projects, tests, self-advocacy, and down time. Each student will bring different skills to this organizational dance, needing support for some and enrichment for others. As a whole, this skill set is often called executive functioning. Robin Lake, LCSW, will help parents learn effective strategies to support their children in staying organized.

Past Events

Mindful Parenting
Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
(for Pre-K through 8th grade parents)

Mindfulness is more than a buzzword. Research tells us that practicing mindfulness can enhance focus, reduce stress, increase compassion, and increase our ability to cope with challenges. Sounds perfect for parenting! This roundtable will offer information on the science and benefits of mindfulness, mindful parenting, and methods to share mindfulness with children. Participants will leave with strategies and tools they can use right away.

Tantrums, Frustrations & Explorations: Maintaining a Growth Mindset
Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 8:45-10:00 a.m.
(for Pre-K through 3rd grade parents)

Learn how to incorporate a long-term view toward parenting your young ones while responding effectively to the short-term chaos of tantrums. We’ll explore what is developmentally appropriate behavior during the preschool and early elementary years, highlighting the joys and challenges that parents face daily. We’ll discuss the benefits of using a growth mindset and learn specific tools to help you and your child thrive during the early years.

Navigating Social Dynamics: Conflict, Friendships, Power & Self
Tuesday, March 1, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
(for 5th-8th grade parents)

During puberty and adolescence, children are attempting to navigate the ebbs and flows that mark their connections to themselves, their peers, and their families. The development of identity is the hallmark of adolescence, so how do parents respond optimally during this period of rapid social change and developmental upheaval? Dr. Renee Z. Dominguez will help parents learn about adolescent brain development and its impact on individual and group behavior; they will leave with strategies for supporting the healthy development of coping skills and adaptability, both in themselves and their children.


Renee Z. Dominguez, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Family Service Center. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience working with children and families. Dr. Dominguez earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Track, at the University of Houston. She previously served as the Clinical Director of the Chicago Child Trauma Center at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. Dr. Dominguez also teaches Child and Adolescent Trauma at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Social Service Administration.

Robin Lake, M.A., L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at FSC with more than 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families to address parenting, attachment, trauma, and mental health challenges. Ms. Lake provides outreach education on ADHD, the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, trauma and the stress response system, social and emotional learning competencies, and the use of mindfulness in parenting, communication, and daily life. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Master of Psychology from Michigan State University.