Dear Parents,

How can you increase your student's motivation, resilience, and independence?

Join Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson in discussion of their bestselling book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives (January 30, M-A PAC ).

According to Stixrud and Johnson, a sense of control is the 'antidote to stress' for American kids impacted by social media, demanding homework, and lack of sleep.

In February, we welcome Joel Baum , Senior Director of Professional Development at Gender Spectrum , in Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens (February 27, Woodside MUR ).


On March 5, we offer another in our series of 'armchair conversations' with Alice Kleeman, former M-A College Advisor, Parenting Through the College Admission Process ( M-A PAC ). Alice will be joined by Jim Rawlins, University of Oregon.

Look for NEW videos posted to our YouTube and Vimeo channels, and follow us on Instagram and Facebook  for the latest in parenting news, research, and events.

Warm regards,



Charlene Margot, M.A.
Founder and CEO
Upcoming 2020 Events
Menlo-Atherton High School
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
William Stixrud, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist & Ned Johnson, Test Prep Expert

In The Self-Driven Child , Stixrud and Johnson combine cutting-edge brain science with insights from their work with families to make a radical case for giving kids more agency to unleash their full potential.

Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Menlo-Atherton High School
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Parenting Through the College Admission Process
Alice Kleeman, former M-A College Advisor
Jim Rawlins, Director of Admissions, University of Oregon

Join us for a lively 'armchair conversation' with Alice Kleeman and Jim Rawlins , Director of Admissions at the University of Oregon (and dad extraordinaire).

Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Menlo-Atherton High School
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Woodside High School
Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
Joel Baum, MSW, Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum

Gender is one of the fundamental aspects of the developing self. The mission of nonprofit Gender Spectrum is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Woodside High School
Multi-Use Room (MUR)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
Carlmont High School
LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our kids' lives--and brains. Don't miss this year's must-see film! Film screening to be followed by a panel discussion.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Carlmont High School
Performing Arts Center (PAC)
1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Community Partnership
Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World
Dr. Madeline Levine , bestselling author of The Price of Privilege , shares a hopeful vision of how we can help our children embark on their futures with confidence. This special event is offered in partnership with Kepler's Literary Foundation .

NEW VENUE! Friday, February 28, 2020
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
In the News
Do You Really ‘See’ Your Child?
Helicopter parenting has become the American norm, but it may not be the best way to connect with our kids.
"Raising happy, healthy, flourishing kids requires parents to do just one key thing. It’s not about  reading all the parenting best sellers  or signing your kids up for all the right activities. You don’t even have to know exactly what you’re doing. Just  show up ."

New York Times: Parenting
Community Resources
Get Into the Game: Safer Internet Day 2020
Come experience what your kids are doing online, and get into the game! A free event for kids, teens and their families, sponsored by My Digital TAT2 .

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6:30pm - 8:30pm
TikTok Headquarters
250 Bryant Street, Mountain View
Student Internships - San Mateo County Office of Education
Student internships provide first-hand experience working with professionals in their work environment, giving the student opportunities to practice skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.

For more info, contact Dr. Vera Jacobson,
Director, Career Technical Education (CTE)
Email:  vjlundeberg@smc
Parenting Quotes
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
– Martin Luther King, Jr., American minister and activist, father of four
Mission
The Parent Education Series is an award-winning program that provides professional, high-quality education to parents, students, educators, and community members.

Since 2006, our organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues —mental health, substance use, sexual health, social media, and more — that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot , M.A ., Founder and Director, The Parent Education Series.
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