Sessions

Session 1 Breakouts

Making It Real: Parenting Teens and Tweens with Confidence and Joy

In this session Leslie will address some of the most pressing questions and problems facing parents of this very special age group: How do we keep our teens engaged in church? As our kids naturally pull away from us, how can we influence them toward a vibrant faith in God? How do we balance relationship with rules? – Leslie Leyland Fields

Focus: Tweens & Teens

Connecting While Correcting: Discipline that Focuses on Relationship

Children need correction to learn healthy boundaries and grow, but they also need connection to learn how to trust and develop healthy relationships.  So how should parents respond in the face of behavioral challenges such as tantrums, meltdowns, defiance, and more?  By learning to approach every situation with connection in mind, parents can offer their children more of what they truly need, not only teaching them about the love of Jesus but also modeling it as well. This session will offer parents of preschool and elementary age children the insights and tools they need to learn how to connect even when they need to correct. – Ryan & Kayla North

Focus: Preschool/Elementary

Creating a Healthy Environment of Exploration

I remember exploring the Grand Canyon with my family, reading the Outsiders in the 8th grade, and I remember putting my hands on the wheel and learning how to drive my dad’s truck. Why do I remember these three unrelated events in my life…because they were places in my life where I explored uncharted territories. These events are moments I remember because I was encouraged to explore by those who loved me the most. Let’s have a discussion centered around this question, “What if our homes where safe places to explore, and as parents we encouraged the exploration?” Let’s open up scripture and talk about the culture in which we are raising our kids. We can honor Jesus in our homes and allow our kids to explore at the same time. – Matt Hamilton

Focus: Tweens & Teens

More Than a Profile: Social Media for Parents of Teens

Social media has become a constant presence in our world, especially in the lives of teenagers, which means that we as parents have work to do. In this session we’ll explore the dynamics of social media in the lives of teens, as well as research and strategies for helping our families engage social media with wisdom and intention. – Scott McClellan

Focus: All Ages

Faith That Sticks!

In this interactive and practical workshop we will examine the faith of kids today. We will also explore how to model spiritual development for kids while exploring a workable and easy tool for faith development that allows parents to incorporate faith with childhood milestones. – Gary Lindsay

Focus: Preschool/Elementary

Trusting God with Your Child – Trusting God with You

Parenting a child with unique challenges can be an incredible challenge to our faith. How can we grow to trust God in even the most challenging moments? Scripture reveals the fullness of God’s character. The more we can know and understand who God is, the more we can trust Him with all of our children, and with ourselves. This session will focus on learning to parent by faith and not fear, walking in victory, not defeat. We will share practical ways to find glimpses of God’s glory to cling to on trying days. When speaking of a man born blind, Jesus teaches that “this happened that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3) God is working in your child’s life, and in yours, for His glory. Keeping an eternal perspective will give greater wisdom, strength and joy for this difficult journey. – Lori Kuykendall

Focus: Special Needs

Session 2 Breakouts

Five Essentials for Effectively Engaging Your Child

In order to build a good house you need a solid foundation.  The same is true for a good relationship with your kids.  In this session you will learn about five essentials to help parents of young children establish a solid foundation and allow them to influence and guide their children through every situation. — Karen de la Chapelle

Focus: Preschool/Elementary

“Both/And” Parenting: Responding to Your Child With a Balanced Approach

Too often parents feel they are required to choose between either enforcing rules (structure and correction) or pursuing relationship (nurture and connection), especially as children move toward the tween and teen years. But this ‘either/or’ approach typically leads to frustration and an increasing sense of distance and disconnect for parents, kids, or both. There is another way, however, and it reflects the very way in which God loves us as His children. This session will look at what it means to develop a balanced approach to parenting, why it’s important, and how it plays out practically in day-to-day life. – Michael & Amy Monroe

Focus: All Ages

Helping Teens Navigate the Stress and Demands of the World Around Them

Our teens and tweens have high expectations put upon them, their own self expectations and a constant barrage of societal messages about what they should have, how they should look, what they should achieve and what they should not worry about.  Do you know how your child is processing these demands?  Do you know the surprising signals of self soothing and self harming that may be right in front of you?  In this session you will learn more about how to help your child and the kids they are interacting with manage all that is coming at them in healthy and helpful ways. – Brenda Hendrix Smith

Focus: Tweens & Teens

Creating and Maintaining Wise Boundaries

“Can I ……?”  It’s a question parents hear from their kids all the time. When do we say “yes” and when do we say “no”? From an early age our children begin to test and push the boundaries (It’s their job). Come learn some key questions you should ask yourself while navigating through non black and white questions and issues. – David Grant & Nichole Bentley

Focus: Tweens & Teens

Faith That Sticks! (Repeated)

In this interactive and practical workshop we will examine the faith of kids today. We will also explore how to model spiritual development for kids while exploring a workable and easy tool for faith development that allows parents to incorporate faith with childhood milestones. – Gary Lindsay

Focus: Preschool/Elementary

What To Do When “No!” Doesn’t Work

You’ve read all the books and tried all the latest methods, but your child still has difficult behaviors.  You still get stares in the grocery store.  Are you beginning to think that you’re just a bad parent?  In this workshop, we’ll discuss difficult behaviors that don’t respond to the usual “treatments”.  We’ll talk about what it looks like to incorporate grace into effective discipline.  Whether your child has a diagnosis or simply a strong personality, you’ll walk away with valuable tools and insights into behavior management. – Shannon Miller

Focus: Special Needs

Lunch - Talk It Out

We are calling this a working lunch, but essentially it’s an opportunity for you to find a table, pull up a chair, meet someone new, and talk with our conference speakers about what they presented and what’s on your mind.

General Session

Parenting for Real

General Session Speaker: Leslie Leyland Fields