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Quotes from past attendees

“Thank you for hosting the conference. Such a deal. Great speakers.”

“Great organization, very useful information, a great line of speakers. Kudos to the PTA.”

“This was my second year attending the conference. It was well worth my time and money. Thank you for providing such a great resource.”

“Great conference – especially the keynote! Thanks for organizing this and making it so affordable.”

“This was a great experience as a first time attendee. I enjoyed the keynote speaker and the seminars were very informative and very well organized! Great job PTA for organizing this event for parents who would like more education on our children."

“I am the parent of a teenage son but also a preschool teacher. I have attended all the previous conferences and am always able to find relevant/helpful workshops to attend! The keynote speakers are always interesting and I read their books to acquire more details. Great Job!!”

 “I’ve gone to the last five conferences and enjoy them every year.”

“Thanks for organizing this! Very much appreciate your help to help us become better parents!!!”

 “Awesome! Very useful information on raising boys.”

“Great conference! I wish we had more throughout the year!”

“Great classes. I learned a lot.”

 “I cannot get enough of that. It’s very valuable information. I wish I could go to more workshops. Thank you.”

“Please include me in all events’ distribution list. Thank you very much.”

 “I will attend again next year.”

“Wished I could have gotten into two other full sessions.”

“Excellent workshops and food.”


Parenting 2012 & Beyond... conference

Parenting 2012 & Beyond Conference

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Happiness is Contagious

This poem was read by Christine Carter at the end of her keynote address at Parenting 2012 and Beyond Conference. It is from the book The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin. 


Happiness Is Contagious

"If you always compare your children's abilities
to those of great athletes, entertainers, and

they will lose their own power.
If you urge them to acquire and achieve,
they will learn to cheat and steal
to meet your expectations.
Encourage you children's deepest joys,
not their superficial desires.
Praise their patience,
not their ambition.
Do not value the distractions and diversions
that masquerade as success.
They will learn to hear their own voice
instead of the noise of the crowd.

If you teach them to achieve
they will never be content.
If you teach them contentment,
they will naturally achieve everything.

We all want our children to be happy.
Somehow, some way today
show them something that makes you happy,
something you truly enjoy.
Your own happiness is contagious.
They learn the art from you."

The responses from this year's conference attendees about Christine Carter's keynote address were extremely positive.  For those who missed it and those who want to learn more about Raising Happiness, we share the message below.

A note from Christine Carter ~

A discount for my online class:  Right now, we have an "Early Bird" special running that is better than the discount I gave out at the talk. I've pasted information about that below, or you can use this link.

Put your happiness first this springtime! Learn how to raise successful kids and be a happier parent with this 10-week Raising Happiness course.

THIS WEEK ONLY: Take $50 off the cost of Foundations I Raising Happiness Class by using the discount code EARLYBIRD.

Raising Happiness Online Class: Foundations

What You Will Get From This Class: 

- Greater happiness yourself-both as a parent and an individual

- The best ways to create a new routine (and break bad habits).

- Ways to raise children’s emotional intelligence and school performance

- Why perfectionism is a particular form of unhappiness-and how to combat it

- How to foster grit and resilience in kids 

Christine's Book

More copies of Christine Carter's book will be available at Bay Books in San Ramon. Christine is sending bookplates, so those copies will be signed. 


Small Group Seminars

Be the Loving Parent and Spouse You Always Wanted to Be: Learn to First Love Yourself

Dan Beaver, M.F.T.


Developing Social and Emotional Skills (Special Needs)

Robert Field, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist


Effective Couple Communication Training for Improved Family Relationships

Dan Beaver, M.F.T.


Finding Your Way through the College Admissions Maze

Maureen Chang, Certified College Admissions Consultant


Growing up Female: Beauty, Bodies, Brains & Boys

Amy Sluss, Registered Nurse


Helping your ADD/ADHD Child Succeed in the Classroom and at Home (Special Needs) 

Karen Knapp, M.F.T.


I Wish My Parents Knew

Linda Turnbull, Teen Esteem Director & Meagan Callaghan, Teen Esteem Presenter


Intrinsic Motivation: How to Motivate Children and Teens to be Successful (Special Needs)

Robert Field, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist


Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Sandi Luce, SRVUSD Kindergarten Teacher


Nine Techniques for Building Solid Parent-Teacher Relationships

Sophie Pouteau, Education Consultant


Parenting Boys: Creating Healthy Young Men (intended for Mothers and Stepmothers only)

Paul A. Lewis, M.F.T.


Parenting Boys - Creating Healthy Young Men (intended for Fathers and Stepfathers only)

Paul A. Lewis, M.F.T.


Parenting the Digital Child

Officer Steve DeWarns, Internet Child Safety Founder


Prescription for Danger

National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) Panel


Raise Kids Who are Both Happy AND Successful - Ages 2-5 (a.m.), Ages 6-12 (p.m.)

Cynthia Montgomery & Cindy Wood Ennis, Authors of “What Great Parents Have in Common”


Raising Money-Wise Kids

Torie Henderson, Life Coach/Parent Educator


Self-Advocacy and Special Needs:Helping Your Child Help Himself

Todd Gary, SRVUSD Special Needs Liaison


Sexuality: It’s in Our Biology

Dr. Ronald Holt, Psychiatrist; Sarah Larson & Meagan Sellers, SRVUSD Counselors; Steve Mason, Danville/San Ramon Valley Chapter of PFLAG Vice President


Special Needs Advocacy:The Six Secrets of Successful Collaboration

Todd Gary, SRVUSD Special Needs Liaison


Taking the Sting Out of the Birds and the Bees

Torie Henderson, Life Coach/Parent Educator


Taming the Worry Monster (GATE)

Dan Peters, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist


The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have: Raising Children to be Accountable to Life

Pam Hardy, MSW, The Biggest Job Workshops Director


The Characteristics of Gifted Learners (GATE)

Dan Peters, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist


The Teenage Brain (What’s Going on Up There?)

Kim Koppenhaver-Klute, Parent/Family/Education Consultant


Unwritten Rules of Play (Special Needs)

Julie Burlingame, Board Certified Behavior Analyst


Ways to Win the Homework Battle

Phyllis Gordon, Educational/Parent Coach


Who Are You, and What Do You Want? Creating a Deeper More Meaningful Relationship with Your Teen

James W. Holley, M.F.T.

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2012 Conference Schedule

    7:45   -   8:30           Check-in

                                   Continental Breakfast,

                                   Vendor Row

     8:30   -   8:45         Welcome

     8:45   -   10:15       Keynote Address

   10:15   -   10:45       Book Signing, Break,

                                   Vendor Row

   10:45   -   12:15       Small Group Seminar 1

   12:15   -   1:00         Lunch, Vendor Row

     1:00   -   2:30         Small Group Seminar 2

     2:30   -   3:00         Vendor Row

Keynote Speaker

Christine Carter, Ph.D.

Sociologist / Happiness Expert

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, an interdisciplinary research unit dedicated to the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being. Best known for her science-based parenting advice, Dr. Carter follows the scientific literature to understand ways that we can teach children skills for happiness, emotional intelligence, and resilience. She is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and she teaches parenting classes to a global audience online.

Dr. Carter also writes a blog for the Greater Good Science Center which offers parents science-based tips for fostering well-being in children. Her parent-to-parent tone and humorous, tell-all approach make scientific research accessible and fun for parents and teachers. In 2010 she received an award from the Council on Contemporary Families for her outstanding science-based reporting on family issues.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her Ph.D. in sociology from UC Berkeley. Her first book, The Other Side of Silence, is one of the most frequently stolen books out of university libraries.

Dr. Carter has been quoted in Working Mother, American Baby and Parenting magazines, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and dozens of other publications. Her blog is syndicated on Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, and other websites. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rachel Ray Morning Show, and NPR, and is a regular on ABC’s View from the Bay. Carter loves to speak to parents, grandparents, and teachers; she has been a keynote speaker at Harvard and numerous other schools and professional groups.



  • Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents
  • Happiness Skills Breed Success in Business
  • Countering the Seventh Deadly Sin: The Science of Kindness
  • How to Raise Kind, Compassionate Children
  • Raising Happiness: Gratitude, Attitude, and Resilience