FamilyLife Canada - This Day Forward Marriage and Parenting Conference

February 21-22, 2020

Richmond, BC

The Tapestry Church

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Workshop Descriptions

Workshop ONE
Workshop TWO
Workshop THREE

Feb 22, 2020

ELECTIVES for Workshop ONE
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Discipline That Connects with your child’s heart

Mike & Karen Woodard

What kids learn when they are disciplined will last a lifetime. But well-intentioned parents often miss their kids’ hearts during discipline. Instead of building the wisdom and respect they hoped for, parents can inadvertently build discouragement and resentment which drives their kids to misbehave more. Four key perspectives/principles will be presented to help you enjoy shaping your child’s actions and heart.

Intentional Spiritual Parenting

Bob & Denise Dobson

“Parent” is a verb. Catch a Biblical vision of the place and purpose of parenting. Research reveals that parents have a large influence on the faith of their children. Your intentional presence can help to pass on faith to future generations! There’s a good chance this workshop will change the way you think and how you operate as a parent. You will walk away with action steps that will truly make a difference in your family and church.

Parenting in a Virtual Saturated World – #lifeonline

Jason Krause

We are living in a world where more and more of life is being lived in front of a screen. With all the information at our fingertips and more of people’s social life being done over the Internet, we need to address how to parent in today’s world. What is the reality of the changes being made in the computer world? How do we allow for this reality in our children’s life? And how do we bring wisdom into this setting? Let’s spend some time digging into the reality of our children growing up in our society with its rapidly advancing technology.

Understanding the Impact of Our Family of Origin

Andrea Hendy and Beth Scholes

How is our parenting informed by our past? This workshop explores attachment, generational family patterns, communication, and how dealing with our own hurts empowers healthy parenting.

ELECTIVES for Workshop TWO
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Parent Burn Out

Heather Davies

There is no doubt that you love your child immensely, but have you ever felt so exhausted from parenting that you constantly dream of escape, become unsure of your parenting abilities, and feel detached from your children? While this can sometimes feel like a shameful secret as a parent, the research has shown that you are not alone! in fact, most parents at some point in their child rearing journey suffer from a growing phenomenon called parental burnout. Parental burnout is a state of deep exhaustion that leads to parents feeling detached from their children and unsure of their parenting abilities. Join me for a judgement free conversation on parental burnout. I want to help you learn how to recognize it, how to prevent it, what to do if you find yourself in that state, and most of all, that you are not alone in the journey.

Talking to Your Kids: Sexuality and Gender Identity

Jon Mair

You will hear a Biblical understanding of sexuality and how to navigate difficult discussions with children of all ages related to sexuality and gender identity. Jon will share his firsthand experience with same gender attraction, pornography and his struggle to make sense of his thoughts and feelings. In today’s culture the push for tolerance and acceptance of non-traditional gender and sexuality makes it challenging to raise kids with a Biblical worldview. Jon will discuss the importance of creating open lines of conversation so kids will feel comfortable talking about any subject.

Understanding Your Child’s Stress and Anxiety: How You Can Offer Support

Andrea Hendy and Beth Scholes

Could your child’s behaviour issues be rooted in anxiety and stress? This workshop helps parents understand and support their kids through the stressors of childhood and adolescence (ages 6 – 18). We will discuss where stress and anxiety come from and how to recognize it in the behaviours of your child. You’ll gain practical life-long tools to lovingly support your child through the stress and anxiety they may struggle with now or in the future.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

A Key Ingredient for Parenting: Your Marriage

Neil & Sharol Josephson

Your marriage is important in shaping healthy children. Parents model for their children what it means to be committed to loving one another. This not only provides security for children in the family relationship, it sets the next generation up with helpful expectations of what it takes to be in long lasting-relationships. Learn practical tips for modelling a healthy marriage.

Parenting as Stewardship: Being Intentional

Tim & Olive Chan

Should we give our kids allowance? What about chores? How do we foster our kids’ relationships with God? And how can we encourage our kids to eat their veggies? Behind each of these questions is a larger question of stewardship — using and taking care of what we’ve been given. How do we practice good stewardship with our children and teach them to make wise choices? This session will explore these questions through personal stories and offer some encouragement and ideas for parents who seek to be intentional in raising their kids.

Stepparenting: In Their Shoes – Understanding a Child’s Perspective

Bob & Denise Dobson

The stepparent role is often met with resistance. Anger, attitude, and annoyance may come from children who are coping with a new reality. The heart-ache resulting from this dynamic can test relationships at their core. This session will provide perspective and tools for understanding this resistance from a stepchild, with an aim to make their journey less difficult.

What Your Adult Child Isn’t Telling You

Neal Black and Mindy Black (Father & Daughter)

Come enjoy the banter and stories as this father-daughter duo unpacks the wisdom they’ve gained from doing family together. They’ll share some of the boundaries that keep their relationship healthy. You’ll learn how to stay engaged in your adult children’s lives so you can experience the laughter and struggles together for years to come.