The title of this blog may sound harsh. But as Jennifer Kolari, the keynote speaker at the Oakville Parent Child Centre's Annual Learn & Grow Parenting Conference says, it is the reality. And its okay to admit it! On May 3, 150 parents gathered at Sheridan College to participate in the free (thank you to RBC for their sponsorship) parenting conference. We enjoyed a very engaging keynote speech from Child and Family Therapist and author, Jennifer Kolari, then selected two workshops to attend with topics ranging from battles with food, anxiety and stress in children, finding balance and learning about a child's temperament.
I came away from the conference feeling happy and excited to go home with some new parenting tools. I also felt very appreciative that this opportunity to improve and further develop parenting skills had been offered within our community! I really encourge all parents to make time to attend parenting conferences, classes or workshops. As the title states, parenting is tough. Invest in the 'job' and give yourself as many tools as you can to raise happy and healthy kids.
Some of my favourite ideas from keynote speaker Jennifer Kolari were:
After the keynote speech, the first workshop I attended was put on by Halton Parents and covered the topic of parenting in a world of smartphones and social media. How does your social media vice affect your parenting? While we all agreed that the technology isn't going anywhere, there was great discussion about what you can do to remain present during parenting, find a balance between tech and the real world and help to create a healthy relationship for your kids when it comes time for them to have their own hand held device.
The second workshop I attended was about a child's temperament. We learned about the 5 different types and completed a work sheet to help identify the temperament of our child or children. Knowing about your child's temperament and taking the time to educate yourself about it can make a world of difference in your relationship with them and how you parent. Temperament is something you are born with and it makes so much more sense to be aware of it and work with it than work against it!
And while this parenting conference only happens once a year, the Oakville Parent Child Centre offers regular parenting workshops and classes all year round. Click here for more information.
Looking forward to next year's conference already!