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Conference to Promote Peace in Families

PULLMAN, Wash. — Promoting peace in families is the subject of the 2nd Annual Northwest Regional Parenting Conference, Oct. 30-31 in Yakima.

About 500 parent educators are expected to attend, says Margaret Ray, Washington State University Cooperative Extension human development specialist.

“A wide diversity of professionals, including community educators; public health nurses; drug, alcohol and substance abuse counselors; parent advocates; parent coordinators in early childhood programs, kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers; and psychologists from throughout the Pacific Northwest and a few from across the nation will attend the conference,” said Ray.

Speakers will include nationally prominent writers and educators. Mac Bledsoe, director of the Drew Bledsoe Foundation, will talk about “The Role of Self-Esteem in Parenting.”

“Making Peace at Home” will be presented by Susan Beekman and Jeanne Holmes, authors of “Battles, Hassles, Tantrums and Tears: Strategies for Coping with Conflict and Making Peace at Home.”

“Parents as Educators for Peace: Building Skills for Living at Home and in the World,” will be presented by Judy Myers-Walls, Purdue University.

“Parenting Education in a Culturally Pluralistic Society” will be presented by Martha Lopez, University of California.

Gloria DeGaetano will present workshops on “Media Violence, Stimulus Addiction and Children’s Brains,” and “TV or Not TV: Understanding and Managing Television at Home.”

Topics for convention workshops include spanking, the emotional growth and development of new mothers, teaching adults new tricks and hands-on activities that work with parenting groups.

Extended learning workshops on Oct. 29 will include speakers on anger management, cultural traits of Latino parenting and conflict resolution.

Conference registration is $65, or $50 for one day. Extended learning workshops are $40 per workshop. They are not included in the conference registration.

The program is sponsored by WSU Cooperative Extension and the Passport to Parenting Program of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital with support of five other organizations. All meetings are in the Yakima Convention Center.

The Holiday Inn of Yakima, Best Western Oxford Suites and Best Western Rio-Mirada are holding blocks of rooms at special rates for conference registrants. Reservations must be made by Friday, Sept. 27. Deadline for registering for the conference is Oct. 1. Late registration will cost an additional $30.

For more information on the conference, contact Chris Eder, 305 Hulbert Hall, PO Box 646230, Pullman, WA 99164-6230, (509) 335-2954, Fax (509) 335-2959, e-mail:

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