Adoption Basics workshop
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Adoption Basics workshop

In previous Adoption Basics workshops, I gave prospective adoptive parents lots of helpful information about cost and wait times. I answered questions and addressed fears and concerns in a comfortable setting where no question was out of bounds. If you're considering adoption but feel overwhelmed by all the decisions or don’t know where to start, I hope you'll join us.

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May
24
2:30 PM14:30

Outsmart Your Smartphone

This isn't a workshop about how damaging smartphones are. I haven't been sent by the parents to wag my finger and scare the kids off line. I love my smartphone - for connecting me to other people, telling me how to get where I'm going, and helping me share information instantly.

Besides, there are already plenty of people screaming from the rooftops about how kids are online too much. It's been scientifically proven that multi-tasking online hurts your brain. I really don't need to add my voice to that crowd. 

But I do have something to say about smartphones. When parents and teens argue about how much the phone is being used, they become locked in a power struggle that nobody wins. The solution is far more complicated - yet effective - than simply taking the phone away. It's to change the relationship between the phone and its user. We want the phone to be a tool that enhances our life, and not a tool that Silicon Valley uses to hook and manipulate us.

We can take back control by changing the settings on our phone, understanding the way behavior, thoughts, and feelings affect each other, and making small changes to our behavior. I look forward to showing students how to do all these things at Westmark School on May 24.  

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Apr
10
8:15 PM20:15

Outsmart Your Smartphone

This isn't a workshop about how damaging smartphones are. I'm well aware that we have smartphones to thank for connecting us to each other, telling us how to get where we're going, and helping us to share information instantly and for free. Besides, there are already plenty of people screaming from the rooftops about how kids are online too much. It's been scientifically proven that multi-tasking online hurts your brain. I really don't need to add my voice to that crowd. 

But I do have something to say about smartphones. When parents and teens argue about how much the phone is being used, they becomes locked in a power struggle that nobody wins. The solution is far more complicated - yet effective - than simply taking the phone away. It's to change the relationship between the phone and its user. We want the phone to be a tool that enhances our life, and not a tool that Silicon Valley uses to hook and manipulate us.

The consumer tech industry has paired with advanced psychological research to exploit our vulnerabilities and give their products a drug-like effect that we'll find irresistible. They make a profit when they can get us to look at the phone as often as possible - and for as long as possible. It's called "persuasive technology." They use colors, shapes, sounds and reward systems to get us to check it compulsively, the way a lab rat demonstrates operant conditioning by pushing a lever to get a pellet.

We can take back control by changing the settings on our phone, understanding the way behavior, thoughts, and feelings affect each other, and making small changes to our behavior. I look forward to showing students how to do all these things at Woodland Hills Academy next week.  

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Feb
25
5:30 PM17:30

Adoption Basics workshop

My informational workshop is back! The last Adoption Basics workshop was in December and gave prospective adoptive parents lots of helpful information. This workshop is great for people who are considering adoption but feel overwhelmed by all the decisions or don’t know where to start.

I'll answer the most frequently asked questions and present information about cost, wait times, fears and concerns, etc. My only agenda is to provide the facts and figures about adoption, without any "hard sell" or manipulation. I want people to make up their own mind about how and whether or not to pursue adoption. I have no affiliation with any law firm or adoption agency, but I am an adoptive mother who has navigated this world. This is the workshop I wish had been available to my husband and me. 

 

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