"Parents Survive & Thrive" Speaker Program at Preschool Family!
Friends of Preschool Family’s Speaker Program is a wonderful addition to our community of parents, teachers and alumni as well as a terrific resource for the community at large. Created to supplement Preschool Family’s commitment to parent education, the Speaker Program features leading experts in the areas of parent education, childhood development, family counseling, forgiveness and other topics relevant to our community. Survive and Thrive Speakers Series events are open to the community, free of charge.
Up Coming Events
Survive & Thrive Series: From Players to Doers
by Mike Lanza, on February 25th, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, at Cubberly Auditorium
This talk is for parents want their children to grow up to be passionate “doers” whose work makes the world a better place. Mike challenges the common assumption that children must stop playing and become serious students to develop into productive adults. Instead, he draws a direct connection from a playful childhood to an active, meaningful adulthood. Drawing from his own story of creating a playful life for his kids and his current work to transition them toward being doers, Mike offers specific recommendations on how parents can make this happen.
Mike Lanza is author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play. He also blogs at Playborhood.com. He has worked hard to create a very rich neighborhood play life for his three boys - ages 8½, 5, and 3½ - in Menlo Park. Prior to his writing career, Mike was a five-time software and Internet entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. He holds an MA in Education, an MBA, and an MA and BA in Economics, all from Stanford University.
On May 3, 2012, Sylvia Ford spoke on creative discipline.
On Feb. 23, 2011, Bonnie Maldonado spoke on infectious diseases and immunization.
On Mar. 23, 2011, Dr. Grace Yu spoke on food allergies and dermatitis.
On Feb. 3, 2010 Dr. Thomas N. Robinson spoke on health and disease prevention for children, adolescents and families. He is the Irving Schulman Endowed Professor in Child Health at Stanford University. Dr. Thompson is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and is the Director of the Center for Healthy Weight at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
On March 2, 2010 Dr. Rafael Pelayo spoke about children and sleep. Dr. Pelayo is a Bay Area specialist in pediatric sleep disorders and associate professor in the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine.
On March 11, 2009 we hosted a lecture on the subject of nutrition for children, given by Dr. Raquel Burgos.
On April 7, 2009 we hosted a lecture/discusion titled "Ask the Sleep Doctor". Dr. Rafael Pelayo, a bay area specialist in pediatric sleep disorders, spoke about children and sleep, followed by a Q&A session.
On March 6, 2008, we hosted a lecture/discussion with Sylvia Ford, M.A., an Early Childhood Consultant in the Bay Area for over 25 years. She highlighted how early brain development relates to childhood behavior, and how parents and other adults can use techniques to promote positive self-guided behavior in children.
On April 19, 2007, we hosted an interactive lecture on new ways to help children acquire the skills they’ll need to gain self esteem and self respect for future success. The evening presentation featured Philippe Rey, Psy.D., Executive Director of Adolescent Counseling Services. Dr. Rey is a nationally recognized expert in the field of adolescent and developmental psychology. His presentation focused on steps parents can take in the early years to stock their child’s emotional toolbox to help ensure future emotional health and success. A Q and A time followed and more than 100 parents were able to enjoy the evening presentation.
On Feb 8, 2006 and May 18, 2005, it was our pleasure to have Fred Luskin, bestselling author of Forgive for Good, and Stress Free for Good at the kick-off event for our Speaker Program. More than 150 people were in attendance at Cubberly Auditorium as Dr. Luskin spoke on the topic of parallel parenting — being the best person you can be while allowing your child to become the best person he or she is meant to be. After the lecture, Dr. Luskin signed copies of his latest book, Stress Free for Good and mingled at the reception hosted by Friends of PreSchool Family and catered by PSF’s own Jane Dick and BethAnn Goldberg, Partners in Food.
Sheryl Klein, board member,