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Northwest Parenting Conference April 13-14

TACOMA, Wash. — Parenting in the Public Interest: An Update for Parent Educators, the theme of Washington State University Cooperative Extension’s Sixth Annual Northwest Regional Parenting Conference, is scheduled April 13-14 at the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel.

Speakers include Martha Farrell Erickson, who will speak on “Understanding Parent-Child Attachment: Implications for Parent Education and Family Support,” and David Walsh, who will speak on “Parenting in the Media Age.”

Farrell is the director of the Children, Youth and Family Consortium at the University of Minnesota. Walsh is the president of the National Institute on Media and the Family.

“This conference is two days of useful information for parent educators, teachers, counselors and all those interested in learning about and supporting parent education,” said Drew Betz, WSU Cooperative Extension regional specialist in parenting and conference chair.

Thirty-seven workshops will address issues of concern to families raising children, including anger management, child development, fathering and parenting styles.

The event begins at 8 a.m. on April 13 with registration and continental breakfast.

The registration fee is $125 before March 31, and $150 afterwards. Registration forms can be downloaded from the conference web site at http://parenting.wsu.edu . Click on annual conference or contact Chris Eder at (509) 335-2954.

Contact Drew Betz, regional specialist in parenting, at (360) 786-5445 or betz@wsu.edu for more information on the program.

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