Dear Parents,

Happy Groundhog Day ! Today is 02/02/2020 -- the first global palindrome in 909 years.

Many thanks to Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson, co-authors of The Self-Driven Child , for their outstanding presentations this week. Here is their "Top Tips for Parents" handout, and a video will be available soon.

Creating a school environment that acknowledges and affirms the gender diversity of every student does not happen by accident. As one of the most fundamental aspects of self, gender impacts everybody.

On February 27, Joel Baum , Senior Director of Professional Development at Gender Spectrum , offers a timely workshop on Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens ( Woodside MUR ).

Special community event! Dr. Madeline Levine 's new book, Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World , explores our kids' futures in uncertain times (February 28, Kepler's Books ).

On March 5, we present 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 .

Do we control social media or is it controlling us? Join us for a premier screening of LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives (March 17, Carlmont PAC ). Film followed by a panel discussion of experts.

Have you checked out our YouTube and Vimeo channels? We offer free videos of many popular events online.

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Hope to see you soon!

Charlene Margot, M.A.
Founder and CEO
Upcoming 2020 Events
Woodside High School
Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
Joel Baum, MSW, Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum

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
Menlo-Atherton High School
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
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 .

Friday, February 28, 2020
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
In the News
In an uncertain world, failure may be best lesson for kids, expert says
When parents tell psychologist Madeline Levine they can’t stand to see their children unhappy, she replies, “Then, you’re in the wrong profession.”   When the only certainty is change, Levine says failure is a necessary lesson for children. Yet, parents have little faith in their children’s ability to overcome setbacks. 

AJC: Get Schooled
Community Events
Before They Die! Community Film Screening and Meet & Greet
Come hear from M-A graduate and film producer, Reggie Turner about Before They Die!, his documentary film that chronicles the Tulsa race riots.

Thursday, February 6, 2020
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Menlo-Atherton High School
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
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
Parenting Quotes
“I think a lot of kids follow their parents into work, especially if they have a good relationship with them. They enjoy what they do, and they get to grow up seeing a line of work all the time. I think football's no different.”
– Kyle Shanahan, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, father of three
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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