Build Your Family’s Resilience with the 7-Point Parental Compass

Join us for a free lecture series to help families face the complex issues of our modern world. Each one-hour lecture will be followed by a Q&A session. Designed by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts, the 7-Point Parental
Compass provides strategies to strengthen the parentchild bond and engage your family in becoming effective problem solvers. The 7 points each stand alone as best parenting practice and also work collectively to provide a
framework that will help your child make it through any
challenge she may face in life.

The next lecture takes place on:
Thursday, May 23
6:30 to 8:00 pm
St. Margaret’s School, 1080 Lucas Avenue

Join us for one, two, or all seven of this thought-provoking series. Free admission!


About Dr. Jillian Roberts

Dr. Jillian Roberts has worked with children for over 20 years, first as a primary school teacher, then as a child psychologist and associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria. Dr. Roberts is a proud SMS parent.

The SMS Parent Lecture Series is kindly sponsored by:

Parent Lecture Series Sponsors

For more information contact:
Ms. Caley Hartney, Associate Director of Admissions
250-479-7171 or

Build Your Family’s Resilience with the 7-Point Parental Compass

Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts developed the Parental Compass after finding existing tools and techniques inadequate for helping families face the complex issues of our modern world. Changes in technology, climate change and globalization are creating increasingly complex and unexpected challenges for families. If there ever was a parenting “rule book,” highly charged topics ranging from sexting to online bullying have rendered it obsolete. Dr. Roberts wanted to look beyond old rules and consider values as a framework for guiding parents.

The Parental Compass has two key goals:

  • Strengthen the parent-child bond
  • Support families in becoming effective problem solvers

The seven points each stand on their own as a best parenting practice. However, each point also works collectively with the others to provide a framework that will help your child make it through any challenge she may face in life. Guided by these principles, you’ll be able to tackle any issues as a family and help your child come out the other side stronger, wiser, and more resilient than ever. While it can’t answer every parenting question you’ll ever face (no such tool exists, as there is often no single clear answer), it gives you a framework for dealing with the challenges that come at you and your family.

Each evening will be a 1 hour presentation about that month’s compass point, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. The evenings include:

  • Start Early (Oct 2018) – It’s crucial to start conversations about difficult topics as early as possible. Learn how to position yourself as the go-to person so that your child turns to you first when they have tough questions.
  • Give Unconditional Love (Nov 2018) – How you can cultivate a relationship with your child that is so strong that they never doubt it, while encouraging them to grow into an adult who can share unconditional love with others.
  • Stay Current (Jan 2019) – Learn how parents can stay current on what’s happening in the world and more importantly what their child is doing, what their child’s friends are doing and who is influencing them – both online and in the real world.
  • Set Smart Boundaries (Feb 2019) – Boundaries are absolutely crucial to your child’s development and their personal safety. Learn about the 4 types of boundaries and how to help your child create and protect them.
  • Nurture Relationships (Mar 2019) – With so much of life now taking place online, it’s never been more important to teach the value of real-life relationships. Learn how to set the stage for your child to develop healthy relationships now and later in life.
  • Lose Stigma & Prejudice (Apr 2019) – Our world is full of prejudice and we can help change that. Learn how to show your kids how to honour the experiences and differences of others, while releasing stigma around vulnerability.
  • Build Resilience (May 2019) – What is resilience? What is self-concept? What is self-efficacy? Discover how all of the previous 6 points of the Parent Compass are working together to boost your family’s odds of bouncing back from adversity.