For Parents & Educators

Conventional wisdom is that there is no manual on parenting.  Yet the last two decades have seen a flood of books, articles, seminars, and workshops on how to parent or how to work with adolescents in the classroom.  Research on brain development has also exploded in the last few years, promising to help us further fine-tune the way we understand and parent, especially adolescents.

Practical Help for Parents Workshops and Presentations are designed to help parents and educators make sense of this important material, to provide smart and quick—but not simplistic—research-based best practices on parenting adolescents and pre-adolescents.  The workshops are available in one and two-hour formats to make scheduling easy, and in half or full-day formats for  parents or educators who want more in-depth exploration of ideas and hands-on training. One- and two-hour presentations would be suitable for:

  • evening parent forum; morning coffee
  • keynote address
  • monthly parent-teacher meeting or parent education presentations
  • parent or student assembly
  • weekday in-service teacher training

The following is a sample of our most popular workshops and presentations. Downloadable program descriptions are available in PDF format as noted below.  Workshop hand-outs include copies of the presentation, bibliographies, and ancillary materials such as research articles. Fees vary depending upon participant numbers and location. Please write for information not listed here. Note that fees listed in the program descriptions have changed. Please contact us for current workshop prices.

*Also available as a half-day workshop
**Also available as a full-day workshop

Listening to Michael Simon talk about teenagers is rather like talking with a wise good friend who also happens to have vast knowledge, training, and experience with adolescents and their parents. Michael’s perspective is complex but practical, affectionate, and very funny, so that we come away feeling hopeful and more confident in our own capacity to be good parents. – Laurie Kahn, M.A.

Laurie Kahn, M.A., is the former Head of the Upper School at Bentley School, an independent high school in Lafayette, California. She has taught English to adolescents for over 20 years and is the parent of three.