• Parent U 2018

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Parent University

Bush's Signature Parent Education Event

The fourth annual Parent University was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Save the date for next year's event: Saturday, April 25, 2020.

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.
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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.

    • John Medina Photo by Carl Brower

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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

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 

Ongoing: Book Sales


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.