Viewpoint's School Service Association (VSSA)

Parent Education Speaker Series

The VSSA Parent Education Series features guest speakers who focus on themes relating to child and adolescent development in the context of the challenging issues and choices young people face in our complex society.

List of 4 items.

  • Betsy Brown Braun - “Cultivating Gratitude”

    Betsy Brown Braun is the best selling author of Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents and You’re Not The Boss Of Me: Bratproofing Your Four To Twelve Year Old. Betsy is a child development and behavior specialist, parent educator, multiple birth parenting consultant, and 2001 founder of Parenting Pathways®, Inc. She has over 40 years of experience in the education sector, in addition to holding a masters degree in Human Development, and not to forget a mother of adult triplets. Her parenting expertise has been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and national magazines such as Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, and Parents among countless others. She has appeared on the Today Show multiple times as well as Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Fox News LA, national radio programs and so many others.
  • Dr. David Swanson - “Positive Peer Interaction”

    Dr. David Swanson is a licensed clinical psychologist and award-winning author of Help - My Kid is Driving Me Crazy: The 17 Ways Kids Manipulate Their Parents and What You Can Do About It. As a married father of three boys, Dr. Swanson has a wealth of hands-on experience, and he has gained national attention for his highly effective approach with children, teens, adults and families. He frequently appears on local and national television programs including NBC'S TODAY, CBS' The Early Show, NBC'S EXTRA, KCBS/KCAL, KTTV'S Studio 11 LA, and the KTLA Morning News.

    Topics Included:
    • Learn effective strategies for parents K-12 to help your children find workable solutions to navigate social problems as they arise
    • Understand what you as a parent can do to teach your children tools for resolving conflict and finding social success
    • Hear the keys to friendship
  • Jonathan Scott - “Where’s the Party? Party Protocol for Parents”

    Combined with his newest book Where’s the Party and the section “Everything I Ever Learned About Parenting I Learned at Disneyland” Jonathan covers alcohol prevention, education, asking the right questions, as well as latest developments, and the like; All to help lessen the likelihood of kids becoming victims of substance abuse.
    • Everything I ever learned about parenting I learned at Disneyland
    • How your social drinking behavior is interpreted by your kids
    • How to overpower social and peer pressure
    • Tips for making a family mission statement
    • Top trending recreation drugs and current issues
    • What to do when your kids go to a party
    • Asking the right questions and getting truthful answers
    • You’re leaving home, but your kids aren’t, now what?
    • Consequences when your kids mess up
    • Parental power and how to use it correctly
    • Becoming familiar with the social host laws
  • Martha Tessmer and Officer Leland Tang - “Adults as Role Models”

    Ms. Tessmer, a Teen Safe Driving Advocate, partnered with Impact Teen Drivers to help spread the message about the very real dangers of reckless and distracted driving. Officer Tang is a CHP officer in the West Valley area.

    How to exhibit positive role model behavior for our children
    • What is distracted driving? Learn what you can do to prevent it
    • Learn the new texting and distracted driving laws
    • How your child can become a safer driver
    • Parents’ role and responsibilities for teen drivers
    • Keeping Viewpoint’s parking lot safe
    • Teaching our children to have confidence in stepping up and speaking out