“Biology Basics for Parenting Today’s Kids: Growing Up Isn’t What It Used To Be”
» Dr. Cara Natterson
Dr. Cara Natterson, a graduate of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is a respected pediatrician and the author of several medical and parenting books. Her most recent, Worry Proof won the Wall Street Journal award for best health book of the year. She has two books coming out in February 2013: The Care and Keeping of You 1: A Body Book for YOUNGER Girls and The Care and Keeping of You 2: A Body Book for OLDER Girls, both published by American Girl. The world has changed in so many ways since we were young—everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat to the medicines we take. These changes have a direct impact on our bodies, especially on kids’ bodies. A discussion about why kids are growing up earlier and what we should be weighing as we parent them. Dr. Natterson combines her years of training and expertise as a pediatrician with her own experience as a mom—giving parents real-life tips and suggestions for raising happy and healthy kids.
“How Not To Talk To Kids About College” and “Staying Connected to Your Teenager”
» Dr. Mike Riera and Robert Cooke M.Ed.
Together Brentwood School's own Head of School, Dr. Mike Riera, will discuss his best-selling book, Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They’re Really Saying, along with Bob Cooke, Brentwood School's own Upper School Director, will provide a much-needed perspective on how NOT to talk to kids about college. The teenage years and the college application process can potentially be a stressful and confusing time for high school students, especially when it’s all everyone seems to ask them about.
“Parenting In The Digital Age” » Yalda T. Uhls, M.A., M.B.A., Common Sense Media
Yalda T. Uhls, M.A., M.B.A., is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda’s research on the effects of media on children with the Children’s Digital Media Center at UCLA, has been featured in the NY Times, CNN, Time, Huff Post, and many other news outlets. In her talk, Yalda brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children, ages 8 to 18, use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how parenting in the digital age can be done safely, creatively and wisely.
“Diversity Panel” and “Planting the SEEDs of Change: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity”
» Yapha Mason and Robert Jost
Rob Jost, Middle Division Human Development Instructor, and Yapha Mason, West Campus Librarian, attended a week-long intensive training this past summer as part of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum and have been leading faculty SEED groups all year. SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) participants read, discuss, and explore the way their own experiences have shaped how they perceive the world. They then try to see how the school curriculum does or does not reflect these experiences. Join us to learn more about the SEED Project and participate in some SEED activities.