Dear Parents,

With schools and many businesses closed, we hope you are using this time to reconnect with children, family, and friends -- at a safe distance, of course!

Humans, and especially teenagers, are social creatures, so it helps to think about "distant socializing" vs. "social distancing" to maintain our connections with one another.

Good news! Although live Parent Education Series events are cancelled through April, we are gearing up for webinars/livestream events featuring local and national presenters.

Here are a few virtual events in the works:

  • Erin Vogel, PhD, Stanford University, #Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Social Media
  • Madeline Levine, PhD, NY Times best-selling author of Ready or Not
  • Devorah Heitner, PhD, founder of Raising Digital Natives
  • Tyrone Botelho, co-founder of CircleUp Education

In addition, we hope to offer a screening of LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media On Our Lives for livestreaming at home. Look for details in upcoming newsletters!

For tips on keeping your teens sane during shelter-in-place orders, Dr. Lisa Damour offers excellent advice in her NY Times article, Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters (article below).

We encourage you to take advantage of our popular Video Library , featured in this week's newsletter. The new video of Alice Kleeman and Jim Rawlins in "Parenting Through the College Admission Process" just posted!

You can stay connected via our YouTube and Vimeo channels, and look for new postings daily on Instagram and Facebook .

For a little "staycation" inspiration, check out this family's re-creation of Disney 's Pirates of the Caribbean at home.

Take care and stay well,



Charlene Margot, M.A.
Founder and CEO
Upcoming 2020 Events
Webinars/Livestream - Coming Soon!
#Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigarettes, and Social Media
Dr. Erin Vogel 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
Devorah Heitner, PhD, author of Screenwise, offers a webinar focused on the social-emotional components of screentime. Learn how to balance unplugged time vs screentime 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) training for educators, parents, and students about implicit bias, diversity awareness, equity, and privilege.
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 their certain-to-be-uncertain future—and how we can reverse course to ensure their lasting adaptability, resilience, health and happiness.
Video Library
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
In this highly 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.
Parenting Through the College Admission Process
In this informative video, former M-A college advisor Alice Kleeman, former M-A College Advisor, and Jim Rawlins, Director of Admissions, University of Oregon, share their views on "Parenting Through the College Admission Process."
In the News
Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters

Because of coronavirus, teenagers are missing out on major rites of passage. Offering compassion paves their way toward feeling better.
All normally developing teenagers strive for independence, yearn to be with their peers. and look ahead to the future. How do we care for young people whose wings have been clipped, who aren’t supposed to hang out with their friends and whose plans have been upended by coronavirus? 

The New York Times: Adolescence
Parenting Quotes
“Rather than just react, parents should reflect, think and plan to talk to their child with thoughtfulness, carefulness and steadfastness.”
— Richard Bromfield, MD, Harvard Medical School, The New York Times 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.

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