Dear Parents,

Hope you had a Happy Halloween! Hard to believe that November is here already.

This week! To continue our series on race and racism in America, we welcome Dr. Donald Grant, Pacific Oaks College, in Having Courageous Conversations About Race and Systemic Racism (Online, November 4).

In addition, Dr. Grant will offer a K-8 version of his talk for Redwood City School District families on Friday, November 6 (Online). Open to the community!

On Thursday, we're pleased to host Dr. Steve Smith, clinical psychologist and professor at UCSB in Fostering Creativity and Innovation in an Uncertain World (Online, November 5).

Just added! This year's San Mateo County-wide education (virtual) event features Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson, co-authors of the NY Times bestseller, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives (Online, November 13).

With college season fast approaching, join us for A Healthy Approach to College Admissions from Challenge Success, Stanford GSE. This special event is sponsored by Sequoia Union High School District (Online, November 17).

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Videos of recent events include The Future of College Admission, Parent Forum #3, and Navigating Emotionally-Intense Conversations with Your Child/Teen.

Have you heard about our new nonprofit organization, The Parent Venture? TPV extends the work of The Parent Education Series by providing high-quality education to a broad range of families and communities.

Warm regards,
Upcoming 2020 - 2021 Events
Online Events (Virtual)
Having Courageous Conversations About Race and Systemic Racism
THIS WEEK! Donald Grant, PhD, offers a "Courageous Conversation" about Race and Systemic Racism in America. Learn how to be a disruptor of anti-Black/Latinx racism and discrimination by increasing your knowledge and empathic awareness.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event (Webinar)
Fostering Creativity and Innovation in an Uncertain World
THURSDAY! How can we foster creativity and innovation in our kids, given today's uncertain world? Join Steve Smith, PhD, clinical psychologist and professor, UCSB Department of Counseling, Clinical, & School Psychology.

Thursday, November 5, 2020
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Online Event (Webinar)
A Healthy Approach to College Admissions - Challenge Success
NEW! The college admission process can be a source of stress and anxiety for students and parents alike. Join us for "A Healthy Approach to College Admissions," a (virtual) workshop presented by Challenge Success, Stanford GSE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online Event (Webinar)
San Mateo County
Parent and Community Education
Online Event (Virtual)
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
JUST ADDED! Join us for a San Mateo County-wide event to support the health and well-being of youth during COVID-19. Keynote presented by Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson, co-authors of the NY Times bestseller, The Self-Driven Child.


Friday, November 13, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event (Webinar)
Redwood City School District
Online Events (Virtual)
Having Courageous Conversations About Race and Systemic Racism
THIS WEEK! Donald Grant, PhD, offers a "Courageous Conversation" about Race and Systemic Racism in America. Learn how to be a disruptor of anti-Black/Latinx racism and discrimination by increasing your knowledge and empathic awareness.

Friday, November 6, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Online Event (Webinar)
Sequoia Healthcare District
Supporting a Safe and Healthy Community During COVID-19: Town Hall Meeting
Join us for a Town Hall meeting hosted by Sequoia Healthcare District. SHD Board members join CEO Pamela Kurtzman to discuss the healthcare district's role and priorities on health equity, COVID-19 response, mental health, and food security.

Thursday, November 19, 2020
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Online Event (Webinar)
Featured Blog
My Mom Loved to Play, and Here’s Why You Should Too 
Published on Medium by Charlene Margot, MA
Founder and Director, The Parent Education Series; Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture
Just for Fun
Dad's Zoom Halloween costume for his daughter is scary good
This Halloween, Iowan dad Greg Dietzenbach took the 2020 "Zoom scaries" to a whole new level by recreating the interface with 9 spooky participants -- including real-life Ada poking her masked face through a cutout!
KXVO "Pumpkin Dance"
OK, so Halloween has come and gone, but the pumpkin dance lives on! Here's a clip from KXVO News in Omaha, NE. The question: who WAS that masked pumpkin?
In the News
How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing
Here’s what teenagers can do to equip themselves to move forward during this difficult and frustrating time.
This year, even more than usual, adults are asking so much of adolescents. One way to help is by talking openly about strategies that help muster motivation. These conversations will help teenagers now, and also long after the virus is gone.

— The New York Times: Adolescence
Family Conflict Is Normal; It’s the Repair That Matters
With many families spending more time together than ever now, there are ample opportunities for tension and hurt feelings. These moments also offer ample invitations to reconnect.

— The Greater Good Magazine: Parenting and Family (GGSC)
Video Library
Navigating Emotionally-Intense Conversations with Your Child or Teen
In this interactive (virtual) workshop presented by Dr. Eran Magen, you will learn how to be more comfortable and effective offering emotional support when your child is experiencing strong emotions such as stress, frustration, anxiety, or anger. 
The Future of College Admission: More Questions, A Range of Answers?
Dr. Angel B. Pérez, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), joins Alice Kleeman, former Menlo-Atherton High School College Advisor, for a wide-ranging interview on college admission issues and trends, in light of the uncertainty introduced by COVID-19.
The Parent Venture
Announcing The Parent Venture!
Because parenting is a growth opportunity
The Parent Venture is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing high-quality education for parents, students, educators, clinicians, and community members. Please visit our new website to learn more!
Parenting Quotes
“It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
— Maya Angelou, American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, mother of one
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Since 2006, our organization has reached over 80,000 attendees on critical issues — mental health, substance use, social media, college admission, and more — that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, M.A., Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series. For more resources, visit The Parent Venture, www.parentventure.org.

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