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Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The fourth annual Parent University will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Don’t miss this workshop for K-12 parents! Open to the community, this half-day event features educators and researchers leading sessions on resilience, learning differences, race in America, anxiety, friendships, grief, and more.

Featuring New York Times bestselling authors opening keynote speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American: A Memoir and closing keynote speaker John Medina, author of Brain Rules.
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2019 Keynote Speaker: Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success (2015) and Real American: A Memoir (2017). She is deeply interested in what prevents people from living meaningful, fulfilling lives. How to Raise an Adult emerged from Julie’s decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students.

Keynote Session: How to Raise an Adult
Based on her New York Times bestselling book by the same name, in this talk Julie draws on her own insights as a mother and as a student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims inspires audiences to examine their behaviors and join the growing movement to allow children to develop the resourcefulness, resilience, and inner determination necessary for success.

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      John Medina Photo by Carl Brower

2019 Closing Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Medina


Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Medina’s books include: Attack of the Teenage BrainBrain Rules for Aging WellBrain Rules (New York Times Bestseller)Brain Rules for Baby, The Genetic Inferno, The Clock of Ages, Depression, What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s, The Outer Limits of Life, Uncovering the Mystery of AIDS, and Of Serotonin, Dopamine and Antipsychotic Medications. 

Closing Keynote Session: The Surprising Truth about Predicting Academic Success
Dr. Medina presents the cognitive neuroscience behind a suite of behaviors termed executive function. These behaviors have surprising power in predicting future academic performance and readiness for adult life in young children and adolescents.
 

Photo by Carl Brower

Breakout Session 1: 10:10 to 11:00 a.m.

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  • Children's Grief: Supporting Your Child Through the Experience of Loss with Alice Ryan

    One of the hardest tasks for parents is helping children navigate the landscape of grief and loss. There are no right or wrong ways to talk about grief. It becomes more complicated when parents are also in the midst of their own grief. There are, however, some helpful ways to provide children the safe space to express and explore their grief while also making room for parents to process their own grief experience.
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  • The Birds & Bees — Talking about Consent at Every Age with Amy Lang

    Thanks to some very brave people, we are now entering what I hope is the Age of Consent. As parents, it is very important and surprisingly easy to teach kids about consent from birth to the teen years. Parents are the best people to set the expectation that people need to ask for consent before they touch, hug or kiss your child. You’ll learn how to weave consent lessons into your parenting in ways that don’t freak you or your kid out.
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  • Anxiety: When to Worry and What to Do with Ariel Ravid

    Stress and anxiety are normal human emotions that we all experience. They can even be helpful, motivating kids to pursue challenging goals and follow important rules. However, some kids experience these emotions to such a degree that they start to struggle. The goal of this talk will be to help parents identify whether their kids are experiencing average or problematic levels of perfectionism, stress, and/or anxiety, and if parents are concerned, what they can do about it.
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  • Beyond Sticks and Stones: Helping Youth Navigate Conflict and Bullying with Rosetta Lee

    With the heightened awareness of bullying in today's world, it's hard to know how to support our children. What is the difference between everyday conflict and bullying? How do boys and girls experience aggression differently?  How do identifiers like sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability, and socioeconomic status affect aggression? Learn about different types of aggression and practical tools in responding to conflicts and bullying.
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  • Talking to Children About Race with Aisha Hauser

    Participants will engage in discussions about how their identities shaped how they understand racial dynamics in the United States. The format will invite people to come to an understanding that each of us comes with a set of experiences that is shaped by our identity and how we are treated by society. Resources and tools will be offered to begin talking about race in an authentic way.
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Breakout Session 2: 11:10 to 12:00 a.m.

List of 5 news stories.

  • How to Protect Your Relationship From Your Kids with Zach Brittle

    Learn research-based strategies to preserve and protect your relationship through the stresses and strains of parenting. Attendees will walk away with practical strategies to help them stay more connected and less anxious as they anticipate the "empty nest".
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  • How I learned to Love My Black and Biracial Self in a Country where Black Lives Weren’t Meant to Matter with Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Based on her book, Real American: A MemoirReal American details Julie’s personal battle with the low self-esteem that American racism routinely inflicts on people of color. The child of an African-American father and a white British mother, Julie shows how microaggressions in addition to blunt-force insults can puncture a person’s inner life with a thousand sharp cuts. Real American expresses also, through Julie’s path to self-acceptance, the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other.”
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  • Raising Kids in a Digital World with Holly Gerla, Sam Harris, and Emily McMason

    The Raising Kids in the Digital World team uses cutting-edge research, real-world experience with students and families, and evolving best practices to push students and adults to shake up their understanding of the impact of media and technology on our daily lives. Take away resources and strategies to support healthy family habits.
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  • Successfully Parenting Differently-Wired Kids with Elizabeth Sorby

    How can parents support kids who are wired differently succeed at school and life in general? What does success mean for them? If you suspect your family includes people who might be ADHD, dyslexic, autistic, or struggle with executive function, experienced learning specialist Elizabeth Sorby will present some best practices in order to support and advocate these differently wired kids as they navigate school, relationships, and life. 
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  • Talking to Youth About Heated Topics with Rosetta Lee

    Young people bear witness to challenging or traumatic events in current events, media, and our local communities. They are often trying to process thoughts, feelings, and reactions without our explicit help and guidance—thereby increasing their confusion and anxiety. We adults have a natural instinct to protect our children from harsh realities and yet prepare them to navigate this complex world—is it possible to do both? What are ways to talk about identity, difference, and justice in age appropriate ways? How do you reinforce your family's values without instilling disrespect for other perspectives? How do you coach them toward authentic and respectful dialogue across difference? Engage in these questions and more through this interactive session.
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Event Schedule

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (optional) and Registration in the Mag Gym


9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address 


10:10 to 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session One


11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Session Two


12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Catered Lunch


12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote Address 


Parent University Mission

Parent University, hosted by The Bush School Families Association, connects families with experts in child/adolescent development. The workshop features acclaimed speakers on a wide range of topics about how to raise healthy, engaged, and purposeful children and provides resources to help nurture and develop our children's strengths.