‘Challenge of Parenthood’ presented

Part of Shared Learning conference

“The Challenge of Parenthood in the 21st Century” is the title of a presentation on Thursday, Feb. 19 as part of the Abbotsford school district’s annual Shared Learning conference.

The session is open to parents and guardians and starts at 6 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way.

The free presentation will serve as an introduction to “self-regulation,” a growing concept in schools around the world.

Presenters will be Mike McKay, director of the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative (CSRI), and Keli Anderson, president and CEO of the Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health.

They will examine: What are the stressors for children and parents in this century? What are home and school factors which impact children’s health? How do we help our children become calm, alert and ready to learn?

There will also be a free Community Programming and Services Showcase from 5 to 6 p.m., when representatives from child-serving community organizations will be on hand to provide information about their programs and services.

The evening is jointly presented by the school district and the District Parent Advisory.

Pre-registration is required to ensure tickets at http://sharedlearningconference.com/parent-conference/.