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Saturday, September 17

8:15 – Registration Open
9:00 – Session #1 – 5 Habits of the Happy Parent with Arlene Pellicane

Many parents are discouraged, stressed out and overwhelmed.  How can you put more joy into the high calling of being the ever-popular-and-needed mom or dad?  Learn five habits to become a much happier parent.

10:45 – Breakout #1

Breakout 1
Raising Spiritual Children in the 21st Century with Pastor Andy Bondurant
Do you remember that moment? Holding your 1st child for the very first time? Then it hits you…Now what?
If you’re like me, that means how do I teach her to love Jesus? Have character?
In this session Andy will begin to answer the question, ‘What does it take to raise a spiritual child in the 21st century?”

Breakout 2
Speaking to the Heart of the Child with Robyn Horsley
Often times, we as parents, have a tendency to follow the “ways of the world” when it comes to disciplining and raising our children. Whether we are counting to 10 at a busy grocery store or bellowing the command, “because I said so!”, are these methods truly effective? 
In this break-out session, we will discuss how you can lovingly and consistently disciple your children to obey your instructions, with the goal that they will desire to serve the Lord.

Breakout 3
Are You Winning the ‘Advocacy’ Battle? with Tina Jackson
Did you know advocating takes courage, strength, and determination? This workshop is designed to arm you with strategies to stay actively engaged in the battle of advocating for your child(ren) of young adult with disabilities. In fact, becoming an effective advocate is 80% spiritual and 20% practical.
Let’s examine together the top 3 reasons you may not advancing in this battle. We’ll be sure to discuss enemies of progress such as attitudes, perspectives and procrastination, which hinders God’s plan for you family. You’ll leave this workshop encouraged and affirmed you’re already a Victor!

Breakout 4
Developing Emotional Intelligence in a Digital Age with Dr. Ryan Darrow
My son’s face is constantly stuck in his phone and I think he’s sometimes emotionally unaware. It goes beyond mere childhood selfishness; it literally feels like he doesn’t or can’t think about anyone else. Do you think these two things have anything to do with one another?
In a digital age, the quest to develop emotional intelligence in a child seems an impossible task. We all want our children to possess the capacity for emotional awareness and the control of their emotional expression. But with their eyes glued to social media and thumbs attached to games they could be missing the social training necessary to become 
emotionally intelligent and well-adjusted adults.
Together we’ll unlock the secrets to understanding emotional intelligence and uncover the sacred balance between social learning and digital media.

Breakout 5
Transitioning Your Teens Into Successful, Christian Adults with Pastor Phil and Jan Ellsworth
You have worked hard raising your children from infants to teens: training, disciplining, teaching, introducing them to know Jesus, and passing on family values, traditions, and identity. Isn’t that enough? Aren’t you done? Nope. You will always be their parent. But the job description changes from season to season. This is the time you can properly start building an adult-to-adult friendship with them.
This seminar will help guide you from being the parent of a child and adolescent to being the parent of an adult. That is another transition full of potential landmines and, often, regrets. How does a mother let go of her “baby?” How does a parent “push their baby out of the nest” with a confidence that they will not fall limp to the ground?
There are Biblical instructions for success in this crucial transition. Like most other seasons of parenthood, this does not come naturally. The goal of this seminar is to help you make that season smooth and build a foundation of respect and friendship throughout everyone’s adult years. 

11:45 – Breakout #2

Breakout 6
Know Your Story to Help Your Children Live Theirs with Rebecca Blomker
Parenting little humans is often baffling, keep-you-up-all-night work. Our kids’ defiance, fears, failures, and success draw out old wounds and insecurities which can make us feel inadequate for the parenting task. If this is you-you are not alone- and the good news is- there is hope!
In this breakout session, you will learn practical ways to break free from old wounds and insecurities that hinder your parenting and be equipped with tools to more effectively engage you children in their struggles and successes.

Breakout 7
You Are All Grown Up… Now What? with Pastor Don Lewis
Most parents struggle with the “how to’s” when it comes to ministering to their teens and young adults. Is there a right way to parent them during these crucial stages of their lives?
In this break-out session, Pastor Don will discuss how to successfully parent your teens and young adults. Learn how to transition from direct commands to heart-felt suggestions. Is this a simple thing? Come and learn with other parents how to effectively do this.

Breakout 8
Finding Joy Amidst the Problems with Diane Mattione
Finding joy admits a trial can at times be difficult and sometimes feels impossible. The stress of dealing with disability or long term illness in a home is very real. As Diane has walked through life confronted with autism, chronic illness, and sexual abuse with both of her children, she has learned some strategies that have helped her maintain peace and joy amidst the struggle.
Join us to have an honest discussion of how to find serenity in the midst of real pain.

Breakout 9
R.E.A.L Parenting with Pastor Dana and Nathan Hanson
Sometimes it is hard to figure out what is the right way to parents in today’s society. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how to be a “perfect” parent. Thankfully our kids do not need perfect parents, they just need R.E.A.L. parents who are willing to take the time to listen and learn.
In R.E.A.L. Parenting you will learn practical ways to live out Deuteronomy 6:5-9 in your home and how to become a student if your child in order to really reach the depths of their heart.

Breakout 10
Home Field Advantage with Jay and Linda Adams
Parents are running rampant balancing careers family activities, individual devotions, and commitments to personal relationships. Yet, Christian parents have been granted “Home Field Advantage” to confront these challenges in today’s fast paced lifestyle.
The Adams will share their personal experiences in creating a “Home Field Advantage” for their family while raising six children and harmonizing family life with their church and professional careers.

12:30 – Lunch
1:30 – Session #2 – Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World with Arlene Pellicane

In our digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen rather than a real person. Technology has the potential to add value to our lives, but is it possible that too much screen time could be robbing our children of something much more valuable—namely, the emotional and social skills needed to succeed as they grow towards adulthood?

In Growing Up Social, you’ll learn how to take back your home from an over-dependence on screens.  Discover the five A + skills needed to give your child the relational edge.

2:30 – Question & Answer
3:00 – Close

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