Families today face many challenges from caring for their youngest to their oldest members. Our hope is to provide a place where you can discuss the challenges you face and hear from experts about how best to navigate the issues most relevant to your family. On May 6, we will have experts from a variety of fields present to discuss everything from developing your child's reading skills to internet safety for teens to caregiving to end of life decisions. The complete description of topics is listed below.
The schedule for the evening runs as follows:
4:30 - 5:30 Session I
5:30 - 6:15 Boxed Dinner
6:15 - 7:30 Session II
Childcare is provided by reservation only. The total cost of the event which includes dinner is $6 per person ($30 maximum per family). You can download the registration form here.
Public, Private, Home School:
How do you know what’s right for YOUR family?
Join us for a discussion of the educational opportunities that exist for families today, and hear some local families share how they made choices for their children. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and bounce around ideas with other families like yours who are in the decision-making process.
Growing Successful Readers and Writers (4:30 only)
Barbara Booth, Child Development Center Coordinator, HRBC
Join us as we focus on Early Literacy and explore fun, meaningful ways for families to not only cultivate positive literacy development in preschool children, but also long-lasting family memories!
Tweens in Transition (6:15 only)
Kristin Francisco, VIPCare
Your “baby” is changing: new attitudes, new ideas, new challenges. The transition from child to teen is sometimes harder on PARENTS than it is on their children. We’ll talk about how understanding what’s coming will ease the transition for ALL of you.
The Realities of the Internet
Detective Keith Vincent, Chesterfield County Police Department
Have you ever wondered how predators are using the internet to reach out to underage teens? Join us as Detective Vincent talks about trends in social media amongst teens, predators, and pedophiles. Learn from past cases about how to keep your kids safe. This seminar will not be sugarcoated but will be extremely helpful!
Know Your Role! (6:15 only)
Teenager Panel discussion
As a teenager there is a lot of discussion about what your role is in a family. Should you be seen and not heard? Should you have full independence at 16? Come check out this panel discussion led by a group of your peers and contribute your thoughts!
Launching Into Adulthood—Creating a Personal Mission
Rev. Casey Callahan, Minister to Students, First Baptist Clemson
Is there a correct process in leaving adolescence behind and fully embracing adulthood? How do you know when you are really an adult? Parents of young adults and emerging young adults (particularly those twenty-somethings) will discuss the challenges of recognizing and embracing adulthood in a culture that promotes youth and putting things off.
Know the 10 Signs—Dementia (4:30 only)
Mary Ann Johnson, Alzheimer’s Association
What is the difference between forgetfulness and dementia? How can I know when a loved one needs additional attention for memory issues? This program provides information on aging and dementia diseases. We will talk about the warning signs and some of the myths about Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases and where to turn for help.
“Because I Said So”—Communicating with Your Aging Parents (6:15 only)
Mary Ann Johnson, Alzheimer’s Association
This session will look at how to communicate to your aging parents in a dignified way and develop a partnership with them. We will consider communication techniques and how to connect with a person who has a dementia disease, such as Alzheimer’s.
Holly Raidabaugh, Lakewood Manor
As we age, we begin to consider what the best options are for our living arrangements. The best decisions are informed decisions made before a crisis in an individual or couple’s lives. This session will focus on the variety of long-term care options and what to think about in preparing for each of them.
End of Life Concerns
Kathleen Stull, Woody Funeral Homes
How can I help my family prepare for my final days? What is a living will? What is the Five Wishes document? How much of my funeral can I pre-plan? What documents should I have prepared to help my family when they need it most? We will answer these and other questions in this session.