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, January 27, 2021, 7pm

Optimizing Family and Emotional Health in the Time of COVID-19

Dr. Sinha will be sharing scientific, evidence-based lifestyle strategies from his clinic and corporate wellness programs to help remote students and families improve energy, mood, fitness, and immunity, especially during COVID-19.

Dr. Sinha is a physician, bestselling author, and 2-time TEDx speaker who designs wellness programs for Silicon Valley companies and schools. His work has been featured on the front covers of the LA times and Fortune magazine. He is passionate about educating families on how to incorporate healthy lifestyle habits into their school and work day.

Miércoles, 3 de febrero de 2021, 7pm

ESPAÑOL -  Estrés y El Bienestar de nuestra Salud Mental

El estrés se siente físicamente y mentalmente y puede despertar el sistema nervioso con la reacción de “huida o lucha.” Estrés crónico resulta en varias enfermedades. Voy a cubrir información sobre como fortalecer el conocimiento para utilizar la sabiduría de nuestro cuerpo para responder a las señales de estrés. Voy a ofrecer estrategias sobre la práctica de cuidar nuestra salud para reducir estrés, encontrar balance y mejorar la salud mental.

Metas y objetivos de las presentaciones:
1. Incrementar el conocimiento de salud mental
2. Aprender la práctica de cuidar nuestra salud
3. Experiencia interactiva: utilizando los ejercicios
4. Participantes van a poder aplicar los ejercicios y estrategias de afrontamiento para mejorar el bienestar

Lilian tiene su licencia como consejera/terapeuta para el cuidado de salud mental. Ella ayuda a personas sanar, mejorar y encontrar balance para tener una vida más balaceada y saludable. Ella tiene experiencia clínica sobre el dolor y perdida cuando fallecen seres queridos, ha trabajado en varias organizaciones comunitarias y coordinando servicios en varias escuelas entre el Condado de Santa Clara, sirviendo a niños, adultos y personas de tercera edad. Ella incluye prácticas de conocimiento con otros enfoques teóricos para apoyar a las personas alcanzar sus metas, obtener los cambios deseados, fortalecer sus relaciones y mejorar la salud y bienestar.

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 7pm

Improving Family Life While Working at Home

No one expected the summer of 2020 to look like THIS! Now that many parents are working from home while trying to keep the kids busy, the laundry done, the house cleaned, and managing all the other responsibilities that come with parenthood, we are feeling unproductive and unfulfilled. Join us on a journey towards a more peaceful life/work balance.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Create space and boundaries so that you can get your work done and your kids can have an enjoyable summer
  • Focus on solving problems rather than punishing misbehavior or bribing, begging and pleading with kids to behave well
  • Let go of unrealistic expectations you hold of yourself and your children

The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit organization that for nearly 40 years has helped parents to raise their children to be resilient, capable, compassionate, and confident adults. We show you ways to develop a strong relationship with your child -- which is really the foundation to dealing with all of the issues that come up during the various ages and stages of child development. Nicoletta Pichardo helps families grow together, so they stay together. She has taught PEP classes since 2014. As a Life Strategy Coach she has been transforming lives around the world, helping clients create stronger connections and thriving relationships.

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.