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For the Love of Kids: Positive Practical Parenting Conference

For the Love of Kids: Positive Practical  Parenting ConferenceSaturday, October 13, 2007

If you were unable to come to the conference, please consider making a donation as a show of your support.

Comments from 2007 Participants

“Thank You! You helped me re-energize to do my job as a mom better!”

“Thank you for making this possible! What a great resource for parents in this community.”

“This conference is a MUST. Make it grow!!”

“I attended because I am worried about how to raise my child. Thank you so much for helping to make this conference such a success.”

“I wish more parents could schedule their time to come do this. Thanks for believing in our community.”

“Wow. So many useful ideas and great information. I want to know more!”

“I wish it was longer.”

“This session was fabulous.”

“I also attended last year and loved it.”

About Keynote Speaker Paula Statman

Paula StatmanPaula Statman, M.S.S.W. is an award-winning author and internationally respected educator who is recognized for her groundbreaking efforts in the field of child personal safety education. Her practical, positive approach to building healthy families and safe and strong children has benefited hundreds of thousands of parents in the United States and abroad. A popular presenter and parenting expert, she is a repeat guest on Oprah and the Today show and has appeared on over 200 radio and television programs. Statman is the author of several books, including Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World, which received a Parents’ Choice Honor and was named one of the “Top Ten Parenting Books” by the Seattle Times. She received a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Statman lives in Oakland with her husband and has a daughter in college.

The WTIU For the Love of Kids Parenting Conference is presented by:

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And Featured Sponsors

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“Life on a Balance Beam: Less-stress strategies for busy parents,” presented by Paula Statman.

Local experts will lead workshops on the following topics:

BREAKOUT SESSION I: 10:20 - 11:15am
Choose from one of these four sessions:

Beth Krouse & Lara Weaver
Key points in infant, toddler and family development.

Positive Parenting from the Very Beginning
Bloomington Area Birth Services
Healthy pregnancy, birth and postpartum issues.

Life on a Balance Beam
Paula Statman
Four qualities parents need to keep life balanced.

Sexual Health
Christina Bailey
The HPV vaccine and keeping your kids healthy.

BREAKOUT SESSION II: 11:35am - 12:30pm
Choose from one of these eight sessions:

Body Image
Stacey Matavuli
Eating disorders from anorexia to obesity.

Bullies and School Violence
Jeff Daniels
How to recognize and prevent violence.

Family Finances
Walter Koon
Financial literacy, planning for families, and education.

Is My Child Doing That?
Jennifer Staab
Discussing drugs and alcohol with your children.

Positive Self Esteem
Shelley Sallee
How to help kids be happy and confident.

Teen Depression
Mark Ochsner
The definition, etiologies and ways to approach teenage depression.

Raising Resilient Kids
Jamie Mazza & Nancy Prisby
Helping your child gain strength from stressful situations.

Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet
Todd Davidson
How to make technology fun, safe and productive.

Breakout Sponsors

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Comments on 2006 Conference

Mike Ryan, Columbus
This parenting conference offered by WTIU is important, first, because no one else does it and second because WTIU devotes so much of its programming day to children's programming that it is the appropriate place for parents to get the good and impartial advice they will be getting here.

Madelyn Swift, 2006 Keynote Speaker
Parenting conferences of this kind are so important because parents get the information they need and it matters not who I ask, which is harder: your job or raising your children right? Parents always answer that it is harder to raise their children right and they need information. We would not do our jobs without ongoing training. We need ongoing training to be parents as well. The information and the camaraderie are here. We get to find out we are not alone. It also re-motivates you. Its hard to keep being a parent and striving to do right when your kids are screaming.

Holly Thrasher
I think its important for public television to support things going on, like the parenting conference, because its obvious through the programming they carry that they value education and they value empowering the community with information that’s relevant to them and can make them strong contributing members of the community they live in. What I learned at the conference is that there is a lot more that goes into parenting than most people realize. It's important to be as educated as you possibly can be about very important things like parenting to provide support to young people whether they are in your family or not.

Annie Schaffer, teacher
I learned a lot about discipline: about how it has changed since I was young. I chose to come just to learn some new techniques. As a teacher I thought it would be good to come. I am experiencing some things with my son that I don't really know the best way to reroute his choices or the things he does so I thought I would try to get some information.

I got a lot out of it from a parent's point of view and an educator's point of view. There are a lot of schools that use points for reading books. I go in the classrooms and see kids not caring about what they are reading but just trying to get points and then the prize. They aren't really concerned about reading but rather just getting the points. So talking about rewards was important. I also liked talking about every kid being special. When we single kids out they get an air of being better than everyone else and the other kids see them that way too. It's important to look at what we teach our kids and how and how that affects everyone else.

I wish a lot of my extended family could come to this or see it so that when they are with my child they could pass along the same discipline and techniques that I want to use.