Parenting in a Pandemic

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Register Today for our FREE Virtual Webinars. Our goal is to support our community with free Parent Education Resources to help them cope and continue to thrive even in these uncertain times.

*Speakers and Topics Subject to Change

The funding is made possible by TikTok, a short-form video app and PTA Proud National Sponsor.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 7pm

Parenting During the Pandemic: First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask! Creating Happiness for You and Your Family

Happiness is a muscle. And right now we all need a little exercise! In this class we'll explore ways to stay sane, and more than that, work on being the best parents we can be, even when the view outside our windows is a pretty scary.

Beth Proudfoot is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 30 year of experience working with children and their families. She is a co-author ofThe Magic of Positive Parenting, and has spoken at conferences for the National Center for Self Esteem, the NAEYC, California Mothers of Twins and the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools in addition to schools and daycares throughout California. Beth is also the mother of three grown children and brings a wealth of personal experience (and a much-needed sense of humor) to her parenting advice.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 7pm

Supporting Children in our Changing World

Since COVID-19, the move to distance learning from home, instead of in person at school, has limited the amount of time devoted to the development of socialization skills. Please join this engaging workshop to learn:

  • How to develop social skills in children while distance learning
  • Creative ways to socialize despite social distancing
  • How parents can support children (and themselves) during this challenging time

Susan Stone, Coach, Speaker, and Author, is a certified Special Education Teacher with decades of experience working with children and families. She has presented hundreds of talks to Bay Area groups, focusing on healthy communication and effective discipline for all ages. Susan’s wide range of professional experiences include operating home-based preschools, teaching teenagers with emotional and behavioral problems in juvenile hall, and managing crisis hotlines for parents and teens. Susan, mom to an adult son and daughter, is the author of “Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk”, a book for parents with children of all ages.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6pm

Tackling Technology

Learn how to set and uphold reasonable limits with your children and their use of electronic devices.


Screens and devices are everywhere and oh so difficult to manage and control. While we transition from a spring full of online learning to a summer without the usual structure, how can parents and kids work together to find balance between life and screens? 

If you’re concerned about the time your children spend with electronics -- what they might be doing, or what they’re NOT doing when glued to a screen – join in this workshop. You will learn how to set and uphold reasonable limits with your children and reclaim your family life.

Dave Drazen is a leader with the Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) and has been taking or leading classes since 2013. He has two active boys ages 8 and 10, and found that PEP's philosophies spoke to him. He is passionate about working with parents and caregivers to share the tools and insights that PEP has brought him.

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7pm

Well-Balanced Student

When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children the time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you’ll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment for your school-aged child, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increase your child’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.

Douglas Tsoi, JD is a Parent and Faculty Educator for Challenge Success. Douglas has had a variety of careers, being a lawyer, schoolteacher, and government sustainability officer. He also founded two schools: Portland Underground Grad School and School of Financial Freedom. Douglas’s specialties include curriculum development, classroom engagement, and online learning. He’s passionate about helping people develop resilience and a love of learning throughout their lives.