Dear Parents,

Happy Holidays! Wishing you and yours a restful, happy, and healthy winter break.

Looking for ways to build meaningful connections with your child or teen? We are proud to announce Keys: for Parenting, a new tool for parents developed by educators Charlene Margot and Bev Hartman, co-founders of The Parent Venture.

Keys (app) puts parenting advice at your fingertipsliterally, it's a keyboard!with real-time suggestions for what to say (text) in those tough moments. Click here to join our Waitlist (product launch January 2021).

On January 28, 2021, we are delighted to welcome David Kleeman, a global children's and youth media expert, in Kids, Media, and COVID: What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, What’s Next (Online).

Over winter break, we hope you will visit our Video Library! With 12,000+ views, our YouTube channel has become a popular and trusted resource. You will find free videos on Mental Health, SEL, Social Justice, College Admission, and more.

Videos of recent events include How to Give Advice Your Child (Might) Listen To and Mental Health 101: When Should Parents Worry? (details below).

As always, our videos are produced by the Media Production team at Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. Thank you, Jacob Crowell and BGCP!

Finally, if you value our work, we hope you will consider making a year-end gift to The Parent Venture, our registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed this year via our events! We are so grateful for your generosity, participation, and encouragement.

Warm regards,
Upcoming 2020 - 2021 Events
Live Events (Virtual)
Kids, Media, and COVID-19: What Has Changed, What Hasn’t, What’s Next
David Kleeman, SVP of Global Trends at Dubit, is an international expert in children’s and youth media. Kleeman will explore the impact of COVID-19 on kids media, best practices in playful learning, and the integration of child/adolescent development and research across media, technology, and games.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm PT
Live Event (Webinar)
Resources (Virtual)
Keys: for Parenting puts the experience of its founders two educators with 60+ years of experience at your fingertips (literally).

Field tested by teens and approved by parents, KEYS gives you the ability to connect with your kids through texting. As one teen told us, "I wish my parents had this when I was in high school!"
Global Events (Virtual)
The Dalai Lama with Greta Thunberg: A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops
From the destruction of forests to the thawing of permafrost, the effects of human-induced climate change has accelerated global warming. The Mind & Life Institute hosts a special free livestream event with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and leading scientists.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
7:30pm PT / 10:30pm ET
Live Event (Webinar)
Just for Fun
Stanford Researchers Develop Multi-drone System to Autonomously Count Penguins
Stanford researchers put a new multi-drone imaging system to the test in Antarctica. The task? Documenting a colony of roughly 1 million Adélie penguins.

Read the story here.
What Breakfast Is Like Around the World - Great Big Story
Have you tried spicy eel soup, Kenyan fried dough, or catfish and grits for breakfast? In this episode of “Around the World,” Great Big Story makes wake-up calls to seven people in seven countries to find out what they eat to start the day. #Breakfast #Tasty
In the News
When Can We Start Making Plans?
We asked Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and other experts when they thought life would start to feel more normal.
“Staying home with my children has taught me that life with fewer errands to run and activities to partake in is kind of nice. I think in the future we will cut down on our family obligations.” — Jennifer Nuzzo, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University.

— New York Times: Covid-19 Vaccines
For college freshmen, pandemic results in a first-year experience unlike any other
The first year of college is perhaps the most anticipated, yet being a freshman this year was upended in every possible way. While some students have been content with their freshman year so far, many others have found it stressful, frustrating and disappointing.

— The Washington Post: Education
Video Library
Parent Forum #5 (English)
How to Give Advice Your Child (Might) Listen To
How can you give advice that your child or teen (might) listen to? In Parent Forum #5, Eran Magen, PhD, founder of the Center for Supportive Relationships, offers strategies for building positive communication with your child or teen.
Mental Health 101: When Should Parents Worry?
In this webinar, Shashank Joshi, MD (Stanford University), Amy Heneghan, MD (PAMF), and April Torres, MFT (SMUHSD), discuss how parents and schools can promote youth mental well-being. Special event presented by Peninsula Health Care District.
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The Parent Education Series is an award-winning program that provides high-quality education to parents, students, teachers, clinicians, and community members.

Since 2006, our organization has reached over 85,000 attendees on critical issues — mental health, substance use, social media, college planning, and more — that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens.

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