“Grown ups are charged with such a daunting task – creating and developing human beings. There are no licenses or requirements to have kids so we could all use more tools in our toolbox. Powerful Moms and Super Dads is being offered for just that reason.”
Leanne Evans, program co-ordinator for Rimbey Early Child Development Coalition
Evans is excited to see the free program Powerful Moms and Super Dads come to Rimbey and notes it is a great opportunity to learn more about resources and education available for anyone who wants to help children grow into healthy, happy adults.
“We’re really hoping to give parents more resources to use in their every day job of parenting. Children are everybody’s responsibility,” she added.
Powerful Moms and Super Dads is to be held at the Peter Lougheed Community Centre Sat., March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The program will kick off with a welcome and keynote speaker, psychologist Beth Hachkowski. Her talk will be Rest and play, keys to growing children and building strong families.
Morning sessions include There’s a dad for that – presented by Patrick Dillon. During his presentation, Dillon talks about what it takes to be an involved dad and provides information about a father’s relationships with his children and his partner.
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: how to eat to be a survivor – presented by Merv Leibel, will offer suggestion how to navigate through the myths of healthy eating in the modern world and the solutions to easy ways to be healthier and survive the day to day apocalypses of life that threaten to make you feel like a zombie.
The workshop, Kids have stress, too – presented by Dianna Souveny is designed to help parents and caregivers better recognize and understand their children’s stress and the impact it can have on their health and development.
Prevention strategies, symptom-education strategies, problem solving and adaptation responses will be shared to enable parents to help their children deal with stress.
Raising children in a digital world – by Beth Hachkowski will explore ways caregivers can help children navigate the benefits and potential dangers of technology and help them reach their full potential.
Lunch time which will be provided free as well as the sessions, promises to be fun for everyone with a family photo booth, face painting with a twist, and a tattoo station.
Afternoon sessions will be the same as in the morning with the exception a session titled The Power of Positive Parenting – presented by Samantha Sansome.
In this session Sansome will give all families a chance to learn or refresh positive parenting skills based on an approach to raising children that aims to promote children’s development and manage children’s behavior and emotions in a positive and non-hurtful way. It is based on strong, nurturing relationships; good communication; and positive attention.
A day of play will be provided by Rimbey parent Link and The Rimbey Nursery School while adults are participating in the workshops.
Following a coffee break at 3 p.m. WP Puppet Theatre will present Pigs in a Canoe for everyone to enjoy.