Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
In This Issue
Dr. Dan on KTVU

Dr. Dan was on  KTVU Fox 2 's morning show again last month, taking about how to support those affected by disaster. He recommends being specific about any help you can offer, making sure it is tangible. Please watch!
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Upcoming Event: SENG Mini Meeting
Saturday, November 18: SENG One-day Mini Conference in Los Angeles, at Bridges Academy in Studio City. This "mini conference" will include the presentations, exhibitors, activities, connections, and fun of a SENG Conference - all in one day! Speakers include Summit Center's Dr. Lisa Hancock and home-schooling consultant Sharon Duncan. Learn more
New Diablo Gazette Blogs by Dr. Dan

"When you make choices out of fear, it's not necessarily what's in your child's best interest...
 Sometimes your child needs to go out there, and try new things on their own, without you hovering over them.

- Amy Morin, on the Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan
Summit Center Update
November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families.
Parent Footprint Podcasts:  Mentally Strong Parenting with Amy Morin; and Entitlement Intervention with Dr. Michael Wetter
Dr. Dan Peters interviewed two fascinating authors this month:
Mentally Strong Parenting with Amy Morin
Dr. Dan and Amy Morin, LCSW discuss resilience, happiness, and  Amy's new book, "  13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning and Success."
Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, an instructor at Northeastern University and a foster parent. In 2013, her article, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," became a viral TedxTalk sensation when it garnered more than 50 million views and eventually became an internationally bestselling book.
Amy talks with Dr. Dan about how we can teach children of all ages-from preschoolers to teenagers-to build mental muscle and develop into healthy, strong adults by using empowered language, sending healthier messages on achievement and failure, and increasing courage instead of decreasing fear.
Entitlement Intervention with Dr. Michael Wetter
In this episode, Dr. Dan discusses children and "entitlement vs. earning" with author Michael G. Wetter, a nationally-recognized behavioral health expert.  In " Earn It: What to Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention," author Michael G. Wetter, PsyD (with co-author Eileen Bailey) has written a comprehensive guide to stop parents when they say to themselves, "I just want him to be  happy!," or "I just want her to have all the things that I never had!," and move them towards more mindful parenting.

Dr. Dan and Michael Wetter agree that entitlement is a provocative and important topic.  Dr. Wetter explains how it's important to teach parents of children of all ages clear strategies and techniques to help change and shape our child's character by instilling a sense of responsibility, accountability, kindness, and caring.
Dr. Dan and Dr. Wetter explore why parents must teach resilience to our children.  They both agree that parents can create a family life and culture where responsibilities are honored, praise has meaning, decisions are made skillfully, and gratitude is second nature.  And on top of that our children are happy.  This all comes from teaching resilience.
New Book on Gifted Education  
Dr. Stephen Chou contributed to a new book, "Perspectives in Gifted Education: Influences and Impacts of the Education Doctorate on Gifted Education" (University of Denver, 2017), Vol. 6, published by the Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Morgridge College of Education, at the University of Denver. Dr. Chou was a guest editor and contributed the chapter, "Innovations: Pioneers in Gifted Education."