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Ever wondered if you’re being a good parent or grandparent? What’s “normal” for your child’s age? What can you do to prepare them for the next stage in life? Parenting and grand-parenting can be tough and you don’t have to do it alone. Join us as we talk about specific ways to influence your children’s faith and character without losing your temper and your sanity. It’s just a PHASE, so Don’t Miss It!

What’s a Phase? A phase is “a timeframe in a kid’s life when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future.” Each timeframe in a child’s life carries unique opportunities to help them develop confidence, character, identity, and faith. We’ll talk about parenting/grand-parenting in general as well as provide breakouts focused on practical issues related to babies and toddlers, elementary-aged kids, teenagers, and grand-kids.

March 25, 8:45 am – 12:30 pm.

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Lunch and snacks are provided for free. Lunch will be catered by Straight Up Cafe, a non-profit with Straight Ahead Ministries helping juvenile offenders. Registration is appreciated so we can have enough food. No childcare available. But let us know if you need childcare help and we can connect you with young adults that may be able to help. We can also help pay for your childcare if you can’t financially get here. That’s how important we want you to be a part of this.


Schedule and Breakouts:

9:00 – 9:45 > 45 minute – Parenting General Session – Main Auditorium – Steve Blumer

9:45 – 10:00 > 15 minute break

10:00 – 10:30 > 30 minute break out – Babies, Kids, Teens, Grand-kids

We all want to know that we’re raising our kids “on the right track”, but sometimes the daily grind of work, kids’ whining, nagging, and unpredictable meltdowns distract us from the big picture and weigh us down.  As parents, it can be hard to balance being sensitive to the passionate desires of our toddlers/preschoolers but also stay in control ourselves and teach them how to make right choices.  We’ll explore this phase of life including: reasonable expectations for our preschoolers, discipline/behavior modification, ways to provide a nurturing and Godly environment, and tips on getting them school-ready.  Fun and creative resources will also be available for take-home.
Your kids aren’t just learning how to read and write at school. They are learning and developing in many different areas including their relationship and emotions. What are the socio-emotional and academic aspects of elementary age students?  We’ll talk about how important it is for parents to show support in their kids’ being, kids’ academics and their schools.
We will custom tailor this half hour of interaction according to the the needs of the workshop participants. Potential topics will include grand-parenting in general, long distance grand-parenting, custodial grand-parenting, step grand-parenting, child-care grand-parenting, and grand-parenting when your children do not share your faith. The facilitator will offer a few important words of counsel, provide some time for brainstorming, and point the way to some available resources on each topic.

10:30 – 10:45 > 15 minute break

10:45 – 11:15 > 30 minute break out – Babies, Kids, Teens, Grand-kids

Did you know that 1 in 7 mothers experience a mental health struggle during pregnancy or in the first year after birth? In this workshop, learn to recognize the signs of a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD), and how to help new moms. Participants will receive a list of local resources to assist in the support and treatment of new mothers experiencing a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.
So your child just started kindergarten. Or now they are in 4th grade. Wait…what? They are going into Middle School already. Your child grows quickly. And they will transition before you know it. Make sure you put the right principles in plan to prepare them (and prepare yourselves) to be teenagers. It will be easier to build upon principles you start now rather than trying to introduce things later in the journey, especially in areas of technology, responsibility, and communication.
Thoughts on prepping your teen toward adulthood. Whether you have a 6th grader or  a 2017 grad, practical ideas to encourage next steps.
Culture says grandparents are needed to be a babysitter or playmate.  But more importantly, the Bible says there is a greater role that is captured by one word, supported by two words.  Find out how a “three word grandparent”  can have a life-changing, eternal influence.

11:15 – 11:30 > 15 minute break

11:30 – 12:15 > 45 minute – Parenting General Session – Main Auditorium – George A. Kohl

12:15 Break for Lunch – Don’t rush home. Eat lunch and Ask Questions or Enjoy the adult company of other parents/ grand parents.


Speakers:

Ken Hall

Pastor Ken is a native of Massachusetts and grew up in the Boston. He attended Gordon College majoring in Youth...

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Steve Blumer

Steve Blumer, M. Div., joined the Hope Chapel staff in June 2012 as a pastor to children. In 2014, he...

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Bethany Dattolo

Bethany has worked in children’s ministry since she was old enough to start helping out in children’s church as a...

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George A. Kohl

George Kohl, M.Div, is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He previously served churches in Cortland,...

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Jerry Ayantola

Jerry Ayantola has a Masters in Community Counseling and has been a school adjustment counselor in the Worcester Public School...

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Dr. Glenn Havumaki

Dr. Glenn Havumaki, D. Min., served as Director of Christian Ministries and Lead Chaplain at the Elim Park Baptist Home,...

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Alexia Johnstone

Alexia Johnstone, MA, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and expressive arts therapist. Alexia specializes in trauma-informed individual and...

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Allyson Clark

Allyson serves as director of youth leadership development for the Baptist Convention of New England. She coordinates corporate ministry experiences...

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For some helpful reading into each of these areas, check out Justaphase.com, Legacy Coalition, and our growing Parenting Blog.