SPRING Book Chats

The Gift of FailureJoin us as we get real about why it's ok to step back and let your children experience failure during our spring book chats March 15, March 29 and April 20.

The informal chats, led by lower school guidance counselor Jan Weintraub, will delve into the book "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed" by teacher and author Jessica Lahey.

We all know today's parents can be overprotective. Lahey explains that while parents may see themselves as being highly responsive to their children, they also may be hampering their children's opportunities to learn to solve their own problems. 

Lahey, and guided by Weintraub, will also provide a path toward solutions with a blueprint of targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics and sports. Most importantly, parents will learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures. 


Dates & TImes 

Please note that it's not necessary to attend the first book chat to benefit from the second and third sessions. 

When & Where: 

8:30 a.m. on March 15 in the Lower School Admissions Suite, 5429 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk

8:30 a.m. on March 29 in the King Boardroom, 7336 Granby Street, Norfolk

8:30 a.m. on  April 20 in the Lower School Admissions Suite, 5429 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk

Where: Chats will be held in the Lower School Admissions Suite, 5429 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk.

Cost: FREE

RSVP:  Registration is encouraged; however, walk-ins are welcome. Please RSVP to Jan Weintraub at jweintraub@norfolkcollegiate.org or via phone at 757.625.0471, ext. 1605. 


Who Should Attend

Our chats are open to all interested parents, grandparents and anyone with children in their lives. Parents are encouraged to read the book (but certainly not required) and attend as many or as few chats as possible. Chats are designed to be convenient, casual and friendly – that means no pressure, no tests!