Being a parent is wonderful. But it’s also incredibly hard. It’s warm affection, joy, and crazy fun one moment, and utter frustration, exhaustion and feeling helpless the next. And often on the very same day!
Throw in trying to navigate cultural currents and a global health crisis, and it’s no wonder parents are feeling overwhelmed and need some encouragement.
This Day Forward Parenting Conference is all about equipping you for the most important job of your life. With Real Hope, Practical Help and Proven Wisdom.
From April 12-18th, over 1600 parents from coast and coast had free access to 19 on demand workshops on crucial parenting topics. Then on April 17th, we gathered online for live Q&A sessions with several of the workshop presenters to learn even more together.
If you missed the signup window or want to review the content, it’s now available to rent for a small fee that enables us to create more resources to strengthen families. Or to equip the parents in your community, check out the group/church access pass.
We hope you find the workshops encouraging and gain new tools for your parenting journey. You can rent the whole library of content for three months through the button below.
Discover Real Hope, Practical Help and Proven Wisdom!
Workshops & Presenters
In early January, we asked over 2000 parents from across Canada what topics they’d most want to learn about. With the survey results in mind, we found skilled presenters to teach workshops on the needs most commonly expressed and had a wonderful conference in mid-April.
In case you missed the conference or want to review the material, you can now get 3 months of on-demand access to watch these workshops at your convenience for just $15.
Giving Your Kids the Security of a Healthy Marriage
You’ve probably heard before that the best gift you can give your children is the security of a strong, healthy marriage. But how does that work in real life? How much authenticity do you model? What if you have different approaches to parenting? How do you pass on faith if you’re not on the same page spiritually? How do you strengthen your marriage when you’re so busy parenting? Neil and Sharol Josephson will share what they’ve learned (mostly from trial and error) in their 40 years of parenting.
Presented by Neil and Sharol Josephson
How Joy Can Transform Your Home
Best-selling author Phil Callaway believes that joy and laughter are the forgotten secrets to a happy home life. In this transparent talk, Phil takes us through the early daze of parenthood and into the white knuckle teenage years and beyond, showing how biblical principles combined with joy and laughter have helped him and his wife survive. If joy is difficult to find right now, you’ll love these five grace-filled steps to help you laugh again and leave a lasting legacy. PS: Don’t forget to bring your funnybone.
Presented by Phil Callaway
Engaging the LGBTQ Conversation as a Responsible Christian Parent
Preston Sprinkle will engage God’s vision for sex, sexuality, and gender in a way that’s relational, down to earth, biblical, and compelling. This conversation will cover challenging issues by addressing the areas of the love of God, the authority of God, and the shame that often cripples conversations about sex and prevents parents from even engaging the topic in healthy ways.
Presented by Preston Sprinkle
Anxiety, Stress, and Other Feelings We’d Rather Not Talk About
Anxiety and stress are higher than ever! This session will give you practical tips to deal with these uncomfortable feelings as well as tools to help your kids overcome fear. Be encouraged that we are never alone and nothing separates us from the love of God.
Presented by Jenn Dean
Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart (an introduction)
The workshop equips parents with practical tools for effective discipline and ends with an uplifting call to action: Let go of your primary (and exasperating) goal of trying to manage your kids’ behaviour. Start mentoring their belief, empower them to manage their own behaviour, and watch kindness and wisdom grow in your family!
Presented by Mike and Karen Woodard
Bring Them Closer
How do you bring children who are oppositional, violent, or depressed and anxious closer? Connie will share what this has looked like in her family and how it has made all the difference.
Presented by Connie Jakab
Building Faith That Lasts
The Bible encourages parents to direct their children onto the right path. No problem, sounds easy! Right? Well, Of course you don’t need to be a parent for long to discover it is not even remotely as simple as it sounds. In this workshop, Matt and Josie encourage parents to lead their children towards three key relationships that are focused on encouraging, strengthening and building their faith.
Presented by Matt and Josie Jaggers
Boundaries With Your Adult Children
How do we set healthy boundaries with our adult children? How do we prepare and support them as they transition to adulthood? This workshop will address what it looks like to wisely assume the role of “consultant” for our adult children.
Presented by Jackie Robertson
Porn-Proofing Your Kids
Our children no longer have to hunt for pornography. It hunts for them. But rather than choose a fearful approach, we can raise confidently aware children and teens who know the effects of pornography and can communicate to their peers why they are avoiding it.
Presented by Darlene Unrau
Media. Faith. Culture
We need to be actively involved with our culture without blindly accepting it as true. This is especially relevant when it comes to the media we consume in our homes. Brett encourages a commitment to no more thoughtless watching, listening, or online activity, but to instead intentionally and daily pursue what is good for our hearts and minds.
Presented by Brett Ullman
Connection Based Parenting: A Healthy Alternative to Helicopter or Hands-Off Parenting
In this healthy approach, both parent and child work together as a team. Parents ultimately have the final say but try to involve the child as much as possible. Our goal then as parents is to put our children in the driver’s seat and get them to drive by asking for help, solving problems, and trying to make responsible choices as much as possible. This instills confidence, independence and resilience, setting our children up for success.
Presented by Joel Pukalo
Discipling Your Children in a Sexualized World
15 years ago, Christian parents thought it was enough to have “the talk” about sex with your teenager. Not so today. Pornography, hook-up apps, questions about gender, sexting… it’s all part of the normal landscape for today’s kids. How does a parent navigate these waters? Join Dr. Juli Slattery for a conversation with Sharol Josephson that will challenge and equip you to disciple your children in a sexualized world.
Presented by Juli Slattery
Parenting in Blended Families
In blended families, biological parents and stepparents have to find harmony even as stepparents bond with stepchildren and try to find their place in the home. It’s often quite complex and confusing, but it can be done if you get stepfamily smart. This session with blended family expert Ron Deal will build your teamwork and move your family forward.
Presented by Ron Deal
Connected Parenting – Building Connection with Your Kids
Have you ever had your child “listen to you” and then do nothing that you said? Even worse is when they don’t listen at all. In this workshop, you will learn how to attach to and train your kids so your voice and values have weight in their lives. We will look at some of their attachment needs, how to bring the walls down, and what to do when they make significant mistakes.
Presented by Kim Unrau
How to Survive the Loss of a Child
On August 12, 2008 David and Lisa Elliott’s 18-year-old son, Ben, was diagnosed with leukemia. A year later, on August 19, 2009, Ben was promoted to his heavenly home. Throughout the year Ben was sick, David and Lisa had to monitor his health, navigate their marriage, juggle their 3 other children, as well as meet the demands of full-time pastoral ministry. Throughout their grief journey, they learned valuable lessons and practical ways to not only survive the death of a child, but offer hope for the journey.
Presented by David and Lisa Elliott
Spiritual Disciplines for the Family
Learn what spiritual disciplines are, their importance, and why we need to practice them. You’ll come away with creative and practical ways to implement spiritual disciplines within your family.
Presented by Russel Keller of Axis
Help, I am a Parent! Lessons We Learned From Our Children
We were eager to be parents, but we had no clue how to raise a child, let alone 5, so we fumbled our way through, seeking help and learning important lessons from our children. Our children have taught us about life, God, ourselves, and the learning never stops. Perhaps that’s you too!
Presented by Dave and Rushia Klassen
Introduction to Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart (in Mandarin – 普通话)
Presented by Fay Chao and Bob Li
Introduction to Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart (in Cantonese – 粤语)
每個孩子都有需要被管教的時候。在管教的過程中，父母經常向孩子表現出憤怒、煩躁和受傷的情緒，這種情緒表現破壞親子關係。 “心相聯的管教” 幫助父母明白：他需要在和孩子的互動中，彰顯出上帝的性情；來使用管教的機會，栽培孩子成為門徒，同時增進親子關係