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Upcoming Events

Risk-Taking Behavior in our Youth and the Dangers of Vaping (Elementary & Middle School)
Tuesday, October 16, 7:00pm, Stanley Multi-Use Room
Presented by ADAPT, the county’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team. Please note this presentation is geared toward parents of 3rd - 8th graders. More information 
Monthly District Parent Support Group
Tuesday, October 16, 7:30-9pm, Acalanes Collaboration Center
Acalanes and AUHSD District parents are welcome to attend this open, peer support group where parents gather to share common problems and experiences of parenting teens struggling with chronic stress, anxiety, depression and/or eating disorders. Our hope is to connect people with others coping with similar challenges to share empathy and understanding of what they're going through and to share firsthand experience insight. Contact Holly Nolan with questions. 
Risks and Realities of Teen Vaping, Tobacco, and Marijuana Use
Tuesday, October 30, 7:00pm, Acalanes Performing Arts Center
Presentations and Q&A for parents/guardians by Jaime Rich, of the Center for Human Development, and Emily Justice, of the Contra Costa County Office of Education. More information coming soon. 
Race to Nowhere
Race to Nowhere - A film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Presented by Moraga iKind 
  • Wednesday November 7, 6:30 - 9:30 in the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School auditorium.

Challenge Success

The 15th Annual Parent Education Event centered around the art and science of communication featuring Dr. Wendy Mogel. Friday, November 2 at Stanford.

Recommended Reading & Viewing

Dr. Brad Sachs' Challenge Success keynote speech "The Good Enough Parents, Good Enough Child"

"Why We Sleep" by Professor Matthew Walker

Learn to love being bored. Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.
"How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas"

"The Hacking of the American Mind" by Dr. Robert Lustig on our dopamine addiction

Documentary: The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Watch trailer 
Film available on Netflix.

How to Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Online Resources
A Brighter Day's primary goal is to unite depression and related issues resources with teens through local teenage bands.  The website's Parent Resources page features comprehensive resources on topics ranging from depression and suicide prevention to relationship, nutrition and family life.

What are the risks and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide?  How can I help myself or someone else?  Check out NIMH Questions and Answers for information pertaining to children and teens.

Find tons of practical tips and techniques for effectively talking with your teen.

Past Events
March 2018: "Thriving or Barely Surviving?" Panel discussion covering changes being made to develop healthier, happier teens and what parents can do to support these efforts. 
Slides from the presentation:  Powerpoint pptxPDF document.

Marijana & Nicotine Information

Cell Phones

Center for Humane Technology (Take control of your phone)

Challenge Success

The AUHSD District Schools have undertaken work with Challenge Success to reduce student stress and improve school climate. For more information visit the Challenge Success.


If you have any questions or suggestions for Acalanes Parent Education, please contact Mary Kuhn at: parented@acalanesparentsclub.com

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