It seems every day there is new research on parenting and child development. While exciting, it often feels overwhelming. Wade Thomas is establishing a new lending library for books about parenting in our school library and posting articles, websites and book reviews here on our website. Please let us know if you have books to donate or are interesting in writing a book review.

What Do You Say: How To Talk With Kids To build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, And A Happy Home

For those that missed the parent ed talk last week (or those that want to hear it again!) this link will be available for a few weeks. William Stixrud, clinical psychologist and author and Ned Johnson, author, speaker, teen coach and founder of PrepMatters spoke about how important...Read More »

2017 White Hill Parent Survey on Cell Phone Use

In March, 2017, about 1,000 parents/guardians of White Hill Middle Schoolers were emailed a survey link and asked to provide feedback about their children having cell/mobile phones. The survey covered topics such as, what motivated families to get or hold off getting their child a cell phone, and if they...Read More »

Parent Ed: Raising Resilient Girls with Girls Leadership

Raising Resilient Girls

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Manor Elementary School
150 Oak Manor Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930

Raising Resilient Girls is a 1 hour talk followed by a 30 minute Q&A session for parents, teachers, and community members

Girls Leadership speaks to parents and teachers across the country about...Read More »

Mindful Parenting Handouts

We had another great parent night with Jennifer Couture, LMFT and Sara Staley, LMFT, from the Mindful Classrooms program offered at the Wade Thomas. They have generously offered to share some of their handouts and presentation with our larger parent community who could not make it to the talk. If...Read More »

Book: The Purpose of Boys: Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives

Michael Gurian offers a powerful new program to help us give our sons a core purpose–a program based on building morality, character, career goals, the ability to form intimate relationships, selflessness, personal and community responsibility, and an accelerated process of developmental maturity. Gurian reveals how important purpose is for the...Read More »

Raising Grateful Kids

Raising Grateful Kids

by Tess Connolly

Gratitude…it’s all the rage lately right? We hear about it everywhere…”gratitude,” “be thankful,” “giving thanks”…I even have a t-shirt that says ‘grateful’!  Some have called it “Vitamin G”, the new supplement-for ourselves and our kids!

What is gratitude? Gratitude is simply being thankful; showing appreciation for...Read More »

High - An Evening with David and Nic Sheff, Presented by Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships

An Evening with David and Nic Sheff, Authors of the book High: Everything You Need to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction. Moderated by Michael Krasny. Filmed at Dominican University on October 16, 2019

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Mindfulness + Parenting

Definition  Mindfulness is the awareness that comes from paying attention to each moment without judgement.  It is like diving beneath turbulent waves in the ocean, the waves are still there but they are not tossing you around. Mindfulness helps create space. It can be the difference between a thoughtful response and an...Read More »

Tips for Managing Fortnite.

Kids are going crazy for “Fortnite.” Here are some practical tips to manage it from Common Sense Media. Read Article ...Read More »

How to Block Explicit Content on Kids' Devices

Here is a great article from Common Sense Media with tips on how to set up controls on various devices to help protect your kiddos from explicit content. But is also reminds us that the best protection is talking with your kids and having conversations about your values. 5...Read More »

Book Review: You, Your Child, and School: Navigating Your Way to the Best Education

A renown British author Sir Ken Robinson, acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of “the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation”, writes with erudition and persuasion to the parents and educators on managing one’s child’s school years’ education.

He touches on such pertinent subjects as brain development, the...Read More »

Screentime, Devices + the Holidays

With the holidays underway, there will be lots of requests for the latest game, app and probably even a computer or cell phone too! We’ve gathered a lot of great resources to help you navigate technology decisions and find the right balance for your family.

Check out the full list in...Read More »

Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience

If our parent ed event just piqued your interest in Mindfulness or you were not able to attend, this is a great book to add to your parenting toolbox!

From Amazon Review

Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer. Mindfulness builds...Read More »

Check out our PARENT library!

Yes, we have a library for PARENTS here at Wade Thomas!  It’s online and it’s FANTASTIC.

Thank you to Susie Shaw for compiling recent articles, books, and websites on relevant topics to navigate the world of raising kids.  Whether you want information on mindfulness, technology, bullying, or marijuana, you’re a click...Read More »

What Apple's New iOS 12 Parental Controls Mean for You

With the latest release find out from Common Sense Media what you can do with the new Parent Control Features. Read Article



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Check out the resources we have in our Parent Ed Library to better understand what our 3rd-5th graders are learning about!

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Save the Date: Navigating Your Child's Social World While Helping Them Build Resiliency and Self Esteem

On April 4th from 7:00-8:30pm, Mill Valley Speaker Series, Hall Middle School and Marin County Office of Education,collaboratively present Navigating Your Child’s Social World While Helping Them Build Resiliency and Self Esteem with Sheri Glucoft Wong, LCSW, family therapist, parent educator and consultant.

This free speaking engagement will include the following topics:

Emotional Agility

The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage

Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and...Read More »

Understanding Anxiety

We were lucky to have Dr. Tracy Foose speak to our community about Understanding Anxiety. Below are some takeaways from her talk. You can also watch the full talk.

Accept that you and your anxiety are a normal product of our human evolution. Anxiety is part of our biology...Read More »


Jennifer Couture and Sara Staley, our resident Wade Thomas Mindfulness teachers had a lot of great resources to share at the Parent Ed night about how to bring mindfulness into our family life and parenting. You can also visit their Mindful Classrooms website.

Their definition of mindfulness is:

Paying Attention to what...Read More »

The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money

Overview from Barnes and Nobles

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world experience and stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is both a practical guidebook and a values-based philosophy. The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the best ways to...Read More »

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood

Untangled is approachable, engaging and easy to read. It is packed with practical advice, real-life scenarios and backed up with scientific research.  Lisa Damour brings her wit and wisdom to help lift the curtain of what is going on in the brains of teenage girls as they transition from childhood...Read More »

The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance- From Toddlers to Teens

In this groundbreaking book, parenting expert and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting Kim John Payne, M.Ed., flips the script on children’s challenging or defiant behavior and lays out an elegantly simple plan to support parents in establishing loving, age-sensitive boundaries that help children feel safe and settled. In short:...Read More »

One and All: Strategies to Protect Students, Reject Bullying and Build Communities where Everyone Thrives

This is a great compilation of articles, videos and personal perspectives from the Harvard Graduate School of Education for parents and teachers about preventing bullying by creating strong connections and caring and respectful communities.

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Getting a Grip on Screen Time and Parental Controls: A Resource Guide for Parents

There is no magic bullet to controlling what your children are exposed to on the web and how much access they have to technology but this comprehensive guide can help. But remember the best is still having open conversations with your kids about technology and your family’s views on how...Read More »

Creating a Player-First Environment in Youth Sports

Back in September we were lucky to have John O’Sullivan from Changing the Game Project come to our community and talk to parents, coaches and youth sports groups about the ways we can help our athletes perform to their potential, while at the same time giving children ownership and enjoyment...Read More »

The Lab Method Parenting Labs

If you missed our Parent Ed event with Polly Ely, check out some of her upcoming Labs at The Lab Method. With a focus on building secure attachments among family members, Polly’s compassionate, moving, and humorous approach leaves parents and partners with the practical tools they need to build deep...Read More »

Parents Place Workshops

Parents Place offers dynamic, interactive workshops concerning everything from behavior and temperament to discipline and limit-setting to separation and divorce. Catering to parents and caregivers of newborns, teens, and every age in between, our workshops are led by experienced educators, clinicians, and other professionals. View Workshops

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What Can I Say? Cards

These great cards from Polly Ely at The Lab Method offer a new kind of talk to use for those tough parenting moments. Each card presents a sticky situation or scenario you find yourself in daily with your kids and offers a compassionate, yet straight-forward script to help you and...Read More »

The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World

Review from Amazon

Whenever Amy McCready mentions the “entitlement epidemic” to a group of parents, she is inevitably met with eye rolls, nodding heads, and loaded comments about affected children. It seems everywhere one looks, there are preschoolers who only behave in the grocery store for a treat, narcissistic teenagers posting...Read More »

Ross Valley Math Resources

Ross Valley Math 

There are some excellent resources for parents on our District math website maintained by the Julia Wolcott, the District Math Coordinator, including activities and games that could help your child practice his/her math skill over the summer and during the school year.

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Common Sense Media: Internet Safety

Privacy and Internet Safety

The non-profit organization offers ‘essential family guides’ to apps and other digital media as well as a library of age-based and educational ratings and reviews for apps, websites, games, TV shows, movies, books and music. The above link “offers the latest research, tips, and tools on...Read More »

5 No-Phone Zones for Parents and Kids Alike

5 No-Phone Zones for Parents and Kids Alike

As parents we are the most important role models for our kids. This article from The New York Times explores the importance of setting areas and times of day that are no-phone zones for both kids and parents.

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5 Things to Think about before Buying your Child a Cell Phone

5 Things to Think about before Buying your Child a Cell Phone
Recent CNN article (and video) on “5 things to think about before buying your child a cell phone”

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WebMD: Is Your Child Ready for a Cell phone?

Is Your Child Ready for a Cell Phone?
Highlights the pros and cons, including health considerations, and concludes with suggested cell phone rules for kids.

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Safe Search Kids

Safe Search Kids: cell phone tips
This site is full of cell phone safety tips, especially if considering a smart phone for your teen. You can also find parent guides for social media, avoiding cyberbullying issues and the Internet.

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Common Sense Media: Cell Phones

Common Sense Media Cell Phone Parenting
The non-profit organization offers ‘essential family guides’ to apps and other digital media as well as a library of age-based and educational ratings and reviews for apps, websites, games, TV shows, movies, books and music. The above link “covers topics to help parents...Read More »

The Screenagers film website hosts a multitude of digital media resources such as screen time contracts, parenting apps, and Tech Talk Tuesday topics for your family.

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Parent Ed Library

Come visit the Parent Ed Library!

Underneath the pink and green cloth in the library is the Parent Ed library. Come and check it out!

Check out Books

If you see a book you like, just sign your name to the card in...Read More »

Today's Marijuana: What You and Your Teen Need to Know

Talk from Redwood High school, October 2016 by Jennifer Golick, Ph.D., LMFT

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Book Review: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind

You’re baffled why your child refuses to go to swim lessons, because last week, you couldn’t get him out of the pool. Or maybe your children are fighting again, and one is about to explode.

Most of us try to survive these situations, but Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Dr. Tina...Read More »


Common core based lesson plans and math tasks and ways to instill positive math beliefs. Easy to use in classrooms or home by teachers and parents.
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How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning

Jo Boaler | TEDxStanford
You have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not “a math person.” Not so, says Stanford mathematics education...Read More »

Parent Resource Library Book Exchange

To kick off our new Parent Resource Library, we are hosting a Book Exchange. Bring a book and come join us!

November 17, 6 pm to 7pm (drop by anytime, no need to stay for the whole hour.)
Wade Thomas Library
RSVP here

NOTE: This is the same evening as YES...Read More »