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Mar 23rd

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court (McGraw-Hill)

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Legendary coach John Wooden whose UCLA basketball dynasty won ten March Madness national championships is considered by many to be the greatest coach in America’s history. How he did it and what he viewed as ultimate success on and off the court is the subject of his best-selling memoir WOODEN: A Lifetime of Observations and […]

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Mar 23rd

Teen Thoughts: Interview about Dan Siegel’s Brainstorm

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Parenteen Interview Exclusive on Dan Siegel’s presentation: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, on October 16, 2014. Averie Kellenberger (class of 2016) interviewed by Beth Ohanneson.   Dan Siegel’s research has shown that the teenage brain is designed for social connection, innovation, and a […]

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Mar 23rd

An Evening with Lisa Medoff

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by Angela Blackwell   Lisa Medoff, PhD, is a developmental psychologist specializing in adolescent mental health, and an Education Specialist at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Medoff spoke to an audience of approximately 220 parents and educators at Drew School on February 2, 2015. Her topic was “Under Pressure: helping your teen reduce stress […]

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Mar 23rd

Family Stress: It’s Not All in Your Head

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by Diana Divecha, Ph.D. For most of my kids’ childhoods, I felt that my ability to guide my family faced direct competition from school, and many forces beyond. In elementary school, heavy backpacks bent my kids’ soft little backs. Homework intruded into playtime, even though research has shown that play is important for cognitive and […]

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Feb 2nd

The Virtues of Adolescence are in the Mind

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by Genevieve Anderson Dr. Dan Siegel, one of America’s most celebrated psychiatrists – author of 11 renowned books, a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, pioneer of interpersonal neurobiology, founder of the Mindsight Institute and the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center – was the first speaker in the PCBAHS annual education series, drawing in an audience […]

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Feb 2nd

Mindful Parenting Review

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Last November, two San Francisco parents and mindfulness practitioners offered a packed audience practices and tools for more effective parenting of teenagers. The session was led by executive coach and author Wynn Burkett and therapist Ann Arora, at the Bay School. Both Burkett and Arora are trained and believe deeply in the transformative power of […]

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Oct 10th

Nine Big Changes in Young Teens that You Should Know About

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by Diana Divecha, Ph.D When children are young, it’s easy to celebrate their developmental changes. We write down their first words and send photos of first steps to grandparents; we scaffold their learning by breaking tasks down into manageable parts, and we mitigate their risks. It’s fairly simple. But something breaks down midway on the journey […]

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Oct 10th

Teen Panel 2014: What Teens Want You to Know: What works? (connection) What doesn’t? (control)

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by Dawn M. Decker and Martha Rock The line of seventeen teenagers stretched across the front of the auditorium at the Jewish Community High School on March 24, 2014.  The room was filled with parents eager to hear the teens’ thoughts in a safe setting.  While a major theme of the teens’ advice is to […]

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Mar 24th

Top Dog – Playing to Teen’s Success (Po Bronson)

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by Kathleen Bisaccia On the evening of November 18 parents were treated to a talk by Po Bronson, co-author (with Ashley Merryman) of “Top Dog: the Science of Winning and Losing.”  Bronson and Merryman’s approach to the subject is as journalists instead of scientists, and therefore their findings are able to take into consideration an […]

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Mar 24th

To Gap or Not to Gap

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by Martha Stabler To gap or not gap, that is the question being mulled by many graduating seniors across the Bay Area right now.  And it’s not just the kids who are debating this option.  Parents must also consider the social, emotional and economic issues involved in the decision to delay matriculation to college. Gap […]

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