Dr. Leonard Sax Presentation

St. Edward is excited to host Dr. Leonard Sax for a parent workshop on Thursday, November 3.

Physician, psychologist, and author, Dr. Sax provided care for children and adults in a family practice outside Washington, D.C, for more than 18 years until he went on a five-year sabbatical. He spent those five years visiting schools and communities, leading workshops, and writing about how to build a robust family and school culture. 

Since returning to full-time clinical practice in the fall of 2013, Dr. Sax has traveled the US giving keynotes based on his research. He has visited more than 400 communities over the past 20 years and has been a guest for the TODAY Show, CNN, PBS, NPR's Weekend Edition, the BBC, and many other national and international media. His books include Boys Adrift, Girls on the Edge, and The Collapse of Parenting, a New York Times bestseller.


“What parents need to know to improve the odds for your son or daughter” is the theme for Dr. Leonard Sax when he speaks to parents at St. Edward Parish School on Thursday, November 3. 

Why are American kids now so much more likely to be anxious or depressed compared with American kids from the same demographic just twenty years ago? 

Which video games are OK to play, and which are not, and how do we know? 

How much time spent playing video games is too much time, and how do we know? 

At what age is it OK for a child to have a smartphone?

The more time a kid spends on social media, the more likely that kid is to become depressed. That's a small effect for boys, but a huge effect for girls. How come? 

What one thing can parents do to greatly improve the odds that their child will grow up to be healthy, happy, and successful? (this isn’t a guess; it’s a robust empirical finding based on multiple longitudinal cohort studies)

What is the most important virtue American parents must teach their children? (hint: this virtue is downright un-American)

What is the meaning of life? (That’s not a joke – the answer comes at the end of the talk)

Dr. Sax will answer these questions, and many more, at the presentation Thursday November 3.