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National thought leaders share insights and inspiration on current parenting topics.


2014 Lecture Series | Presenting Sponsors

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Katie GreerKatie LeClerc Greer
Kids, Teens + Technology: What Every Parent Needs to Know!

From cyber-bullying to sexting, its all too easy for our kids to get drawn into trouble online, often with serious long-term consequences.

Get informed with up-to-the-minute examples of the dangers young users may encounter and measures adults can take to promote safe habits in our ever-changing, technology-driven society.

The talk covers: Latest social media trends for youth; cyber-bullying warning signs; sexting, internet porn and online predators; savvy ground-rules and parental controls.

Katie Greer is a pioneer in children's cyber-safety and national expert on the digital world as experienced by today's youth. She previously served as the Director of Internet Safety at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, and now speaks in schools nationally. She has been featured on TIME, CNN, USA Today and in Vanity Fair magazine.

April 21, 2014 79 p.m.
Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland

Eventbrite - Katie LeClerc Greer.: Kids, Teens + Technology (Eastside Event)

April 23, 2014 7–9 p.m.
Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma

Eventbrite - Katie Greer: Kids, Teens & Technology - What Every Parent Needs To Know!


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Woodinville Montesorri



John GottmanJohn Gottman, Ph.D.
Making Love Last and Marriage Work
May 5, 2014 7–9 p.m.
Town Hall, Seattle

Tickets: $20


The greatest gift parents can give their children is a happy, stable home environment. ParentMap brings back celebrated psychologist, Dr. Gottman to give parents the opportunity for a valuable marriage tune-up.

Dr. Gottman is world-renown for four decades of breakthrough research on marriage and relationships. The author of 40 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, Dr. Gottman has appeared on Good Morning America, Oprah and The Anderson Cooper Show.

This lecture is relevant both for couples and therapists. Book early - this lecture sells-out every year!

Professional CEUs available

Eventbrite - John Gottman, Ph.D. -Making Love Last and Marriage Work

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Bright Horizons 


Don't miss the world-leading brain scientist, Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D. presentation: Order and Disorder in the Developing Emotional Brain: Prospects for Cultivating Healthy Minds

FREE EVENT - Advance registration required - seats limited! 

Hosted at UW KANE HALL 130 by:



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Jewish Family Service   GET   Bright Horizons  



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2014 LECTURES - Now Completed

Mindful Parenting: A Conversation With Jon + Myla Kabat-Zinn
Thursday January 23, 2014 7–9 p.m.
Kirkland Performance Center

The Kabat-Zinns invited parents to join them for a conversation on the challenges and joys of bringing greater awareness and presence to the constantly changing landscape of parenting.

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the world-leading scientist, researcher and meditation teacher who brought mindfulness to mainstream society. His internationally best-selling books include Wherever You Go, There You AreFull Catastrophe Living and Everyday Blessings, co-authored with his wife, Myla.

Myla Kabat-Zinn, B.S.N., R.N. worked for a number of years assisting at births both in the hospital and at home.  During those years she also taught childbirth education classes based on mindful awareness.  She is the co-author, with her husband Jon, of Everyday Blessings:  The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting.  She leads workshops on mindful parenting in the U.S. and in Europe.  

“For me, mindfulness, cultivated in periods of stillness and during the day in various things I find myself doing, hones an attentive sensitivity to the present moment that helps me keep my heart at least a tiny bit more open and my mind at least a tiny bit clear, so that I have a chance to see my children for who they are, to remember to give them what they most need from me, and to make plenty of room for them to find their own ways to be in the world.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Bright Horizons



Richard Louv
Wired to Wild: Connecting Digital Kids to Nature

February 11, 2014 7–9 p.m.
Town Hall, Seattle
Tickets: $20    VIP Ticket: $35
Topic age range: 2–18 years

Best-selling author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder sparked an international conversation about the important relationship between children and nature. He coined the term “nature deficit disorder,” influenced national policy and helped inspire campaigns to reconnect kids to nature in more than 80 cities, states and provinces across North America, with support from the American Pediatric Association and The White House.

In this rare trip to Seattle, Louv will present latest research on the long-lasting impact nature has on a child’s growth, health and creativity. He shares a powerful call-to-action, his vision for a future in which our lives are as immersed in nature, as they are in technology.

"For children, nature comes in many forms. A newborn calf; a pet that lives and dies; a worn path through the woods; a fort nested in stinging nettles; a damp, mysterious edge of a vacant lot—whatever shape nature takes, it offers each child an older, larger world separate from parents. Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it. Nature offers healing for a child living in a destructive family or neighborhood. It serves as a blank slate upon which a child draws and reinterprets the culture's fantasies." — Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, Algonquin Books, 2008, p. 7

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Hands On Children's Museum  GET     Wilderness Awareness    Bright Horizons    CampFire       Seattle Waldorf



Howard Behar + Sarina Behar Natkin, LICSW
Life Skills for Leaders: An Empowering Talk for Teens + Parents
March 11, 2014 7–9 p.m.
Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle
Tickets: $20 for adults -- Free/Discounted tickets for Teens!
Topic age range: 
12-18 years

Drawing on his incredible life experiences, the former president of Starbucks and top leadership expert inspires teens to explore their dreams and start plotting their paths in the world.

He is joined by his daughter, the co-founder of GROW Parenting, with essential advice for parents on creating a family environment that allow teens to thrive.

Together, this engaging father/daughter duo will enlighten teens and their parents with personal lessons learned about family relationships; college and career decisions; finding passions and purpose in life. 

Co-presented by: University of Washington Alumni Association

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     Jewish Family Service  



Laura Kastner, Ph.D.
7 Essentials to Raising Successful Tweens + Teens
April 1, 2014 7–9 p.m.
Village Theatre, Issaquah
Tickets: $20 
Topic Age Range: 
8 - 18 years

Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. Parenting adolescents requires all sorts of skills that most of us don’t naturally possess.

In this down-to-earth, practical lecture, you’ll learn how to tap your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments.

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and a nationally renowned expert on teen behavior and development, Dr. Kastner is also co-author of the best-seller Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and TeenHer new book is Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens + Teens.


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