Dear Parents,

Welcome to Spring Break ! We hope you are safely sheltered-in-place, taking advantage of more playtime, downtime, and family time (or PDF , as they call it at Challenge Success ) .

Good news! Although live Parent Education Series events are cancelled through April, we're gearing up for virtual events featuring local and national presenters:

  • Adina Glickman, MSW, founder of the Stanford Resilience Project
  • FCD Prevention Works, provider of substance abuse education
  • Devorah Heitner, PhD, founder of Raising Digital Natives
  • Ned Johnson, co-author of The Self-Driven Child
  • Tyrone Botelho, co-founder of CircleUp Education
  • Erin Vogel, PhD, Stanford University, #Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Social Media

We hope to offer a screening of LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives for livestreaming at home. Details coming soon!

NEW! The Parent Education Series just launched COVID-19 Parent Resources on the SUHSD web page. Click here for news articles, blogs, videos, online resources, mental health hotlines, and more.

In addition, Sequoia Healthcare District just released its Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI) Spring newsletter . For COVID-19 information, check it out here !

Please take advantage of our free Video Library , featured in this week's newsletter. The new video of Joel Baum, Gender Spectrum, "Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children & Teens," just posted!

Let's stay connected on YouTube and Vimeo , and look for new daily posts on social media including Instagram and Facebook .

For a little "staycation" relaxation, tune into the Sea Otter Cam at the Monterey Aquarium ...

Take care and stay well,



Charlene Margot, M.A.
Founder and CEO
Upcoming 2020 Events
Virtual Events/Webinars - Coming Soon!
#Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Social Media
Erin Vogel, PhD, is a social psychologist at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. This presentation and Q&A session will cover vaping, social media, and their effects on teenagers' health and well-being.
Screentime vs. Unplugged Time in the Age of Coronavirus
Screenwise  author, Devorah Heitner, PhD, offers a webinar focused on the social-emotional components of screentime in balance with unplugged time during this unusual period in family life. 
LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives
LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary film that explores the impact of social media on our kids' lives--and brains. Film screening to be followed by a panel discussion of experts.
Diversity Uncovered™ Training:
An interactive introduction to Implicit Bias, Equity & Privilege
Tyrone Botelho and Tiffany Hoang are co-founders of CircleUp Education, a nonprofit organization that provides DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) trainings about implicit bias, diversity awareness, equity, and privilege.
Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modelling in the Time of COVID-19
FCD Prevention Works™ is the leading international nonprofit provider of school-based substance abuse prevention services. FCD provides families with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
Blog Posts
What "Quaranteenagers" Can Teach Us
 Many teens are responding to shelter-in-place with creativity, resilience, and optimism for the future.
Published on Medium by Charlene Margot, M.A., Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series/The Parent Venture
Two and Two is Three
And other life lessons my mother taught me (applicable to #coronavirus).
Published on Medium by Charlene Margot, M.A., Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series/The Parent Venture
Book Club
Ready or Not: Preparing Your Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World
Madeline Levine, PhD, clinician and NY Times bestselling author, explores how we are failing to prepare our children for an uncertain future—and how we can reverse course to ensure their lasting adaptability, resilience, health and happiness.
Healthcare District News
Sequoia Healthcare District
2020 Spring HSI Newsletter
Sequoia Healthcare District and its Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI) provides grant funding to local non-profits that offer school-based health services. These grants directly benefit school communities and serve approximately 26,000 residents.
Why social distancing provides a 'golden opportunity' for teens to quit vaping
Plenty of time at home gives parents the chance to encourage kids to kick the dangerous habit.
With schools closed, many families are spending more time together. Experts suggest that it's an opportune time for parents to talk to kids about vaping and help them break the harmful habit.
Video Library
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
In this engaging video, Dr. Bill Stixrud and Ned Johnson , co-authors of The Self-Driven Child , provide research-based advice about how to help children and teens become more resilient, balanced, and motivated for learning.
Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children & Teens
As one of the most fundamental aspects of self, gender impacts everybody--particularly children and teens. Joel Baum, Director of Professional Development at Gender Spectrum , offers an engaging talk on creating gender inclusive environments/schools.
In the News
A Message to Families During COVID-19 From a Stanford Educator
"For families concerned that their children are missing out on academic content, remember that at a time like this, less is more. I encourage you to broaden your definition of learning and focus on playtime, downtime, and family time."

Denise Pope, PhD, Thrive Global
Parenting Quotes
"At some point, you will get on each others’ nerves. Parallel play works well in these times, i.e. be in the same room but let everyone do their own thing. Come together for a meal, clean that meal up together, and then let folks go their separate ways."
— Julie Lythcott-Haims, bestselling author of "How to Raise an Adult," mother of two (" 10 Tips for Sheltering in Place" article here)
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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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