PEP Talks (Parenting Educational Program) 2013 (win tickets)

pep talksAs many of you know, I am a proud uncle as well as an educator. So when the Vancouver
International Children’s Festival
emailed me to ask for help in spreading the word about their new parenting education series, I could hardly say no. The PEP Talks series (Parenting Educational Program) 2013 speaker series looks really interesting, and knowing how many parents follow me on Twitter and read my blog, I figured I should help spread the word out about PEP Talks 2013 in Vancouver.

The 2013 PEP Talks Series brings an exciting mix of world-class speakers to Vancouver. Four thought-provoking evenings featuring some of the top thinkers on the issues every parent faces today. PEP Talks is bringing to Vancouver four compelling speakers over four consecutive months (March through June 2013) to delve into the challenging and sometimes messy world of parenting today’s millennial child.

All shows are 7:30-9pm at the Vancouver Playhouse 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. You can buy tickets here. Ticket prices are $130 for the entire series or $35 per speaker, with net proceeds to benefit the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Call 604 708 5655 for more information.

Other speakers include Sheryl Feinstein (April 10) “The Adolescent Brain”, Deborah MacNamara (May 15) “The Lost Art of Play: Helping Children Grow Up”, and Lisa Bloom (June 12) “Raising Smart Kids in the New Millenium”

I am giving away a pair of tickets to the PEP series speaker of your choice. The first speaker, slated for March 7th looks like a really fun one, Lenore Skenazy, the author of Free-Range Kids: Why Does an Old-Fashioned Childhood Sound So Radical? You can check a Big Think interview with Lenore Skenazy here:

The media labeled Lenore Skenazy “America’s Worst Mom” when she let her 9-year-old ride the subway alone. She wore the badge with pride and went on to found Free-Range Kids: the book, blog and movement dedicated to the idea that our kids are SAFER and SMARTER than our culture gives them credit for. In this funny lecture (she used to write for Mad Magazine) Lenore discusses how today’s parents became so afraid about everything from predators to non-organic grapes (even if cut into quarters!), and how we can regain the perspective that allows us to trust our kids, our community and our own good-enough parenting.

I know several of my good friends are free-range parents (mine were, at least!). And I predict that there will be interest in attending the PEP Talks. Thus to enter my giveaway, I have (as usual) several modes of entry. The first (comment on this blog), I’d love you to give me your best parenting advice (whatever you’ve heard, if you are a parent, or if you have some wisdom to share with other parents). The following modes of entry include Twitter and Pinterest.

Entry # 1) Comment on this blog with a piece of your best parenting advice.

Entry # 2) Post the following on Twitter:

Share w/ @hummingbird604 a parenting advice tip to enter to win tickets to #ParentingPEPTalks I shared mine here

Entry # 3) Re-pin my Pin of this blog entry.

Entry # 4) Comment on my Pin of this blog entry telling me what item of Q4′s menu you’d like to try.

As always, I’ll draw a winner from the randomized pool of entries on March 4th, at 2pm. (if you do all 4 you have 4 entries into my contest), and each mode of entry you use I will include in my contest (up to 4). Hopefully you will have a chance to enjoy the PEP Talks!

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  3. Ten suggestions on how to give good talks
  4. Upcoming event – Climate change talks organized by VTACC (Vancouver)
  5. The hard task of parenting

Comments (2)

MattFebruary 25th, 2013 at 11:10 am

Not sure if it is my BEST parenting advice, but I will go with: Don’t let your kids run the show, or be the boss. You are an adult and usually know best. and PS. don’t give into whining.

OmarMarch 1st, 2013 at 1:28 pm

As with Matt this may not be my best advice, but something topical: after my 4 year old son almost walked off the skytrain by himself on day, I told him that should he ever find himself lost or separated from us in a public space, he SHOULD talk to a stranger, tell them his name, that he was lost and needed help. I have parent friends who caution their kids never to talk to strangers, but I figure if my son gets lost or stranded without me, the chance that a stranger he talks to is going to think “oh wow, a kid, I should keep him!” are pretty minute, whereas the chances they’ll be able to help him, or track down someone who can, are pretty good.

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