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Parenting 101 conference returns for second year in Kelowna

The two day conference has child minding services available for the two-day event

Kelowna’s Coast Capri Hotel will host parents, grandparents, caregivers, and educators at Canada’s premiere parenting conference: Parenting 101 Feb. 8 and 9.

Two years ago local couple Dale Allen Berg and Lisa Gaytan-Berg had the vision and dream to establish a conference for parents. Now the Parenting 101 conference will be enter it’s second year running.

Back for a second year, the conference is featuring an opening night with professional comedian and amateur dad Cliff Prang, two keynote speakers, Daniel Patterson, and Trisha Miltimore, 12 breakout sessions hosted by parenting experts, and provides an opportunity to connect with other parents in the community.

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New this year for Parenting 101, is their non-profit status.

The event now also includes free childcare provided by Nannysitters and sponsored by Once Upon a Child to ease attendees minds and to remove the obstacle of finding childcare for the time away at the conference.

Having experienced a difficult year as a family, local visionaries and organizers Allen Berg and Gaytan-Berg, have been inspired and motivated more than ever to bring Parenting 101 back for year two with even more value, connections, and resources.

“We have a better sense of empathy for others as we’ve endured a difficult personal year, and the more we talk with other parents, the more we believe in our vision to continue bringing the Parenting 101 conference to our community,” Allen Berg said.

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“We wanted to recreate the village or a parenting community where parents can connect, be encouraged and learn together,” said Gaytan-Berg. “And what better way to do it than in a safe environment surrounded by other parents and supported by local experts and a team dedicated to making family life better.”

Also added this year is a three-track system to make it easier for parents to choose the breakout sessions they feel would be of most value. Attendees can choose from The Core of Parenting, Mental Health & Wellness, or even pick and choose sessions from the NEW Early Childhood Educator track to create a unique, custom experience.

“We’re really excited for this year’s event as we think that our partnerships, additions, and new track focus will really resonate with parents and early childhood educators,” said Allen Berg.

“We’ve worked really hard this year to bring something special and even better to the community in hopes that if we can make a difference even in ONE family in our area, that we’ve accomplished our goal.”

To register for Parenting 101, visit: www.parenting101.ca

Meals, childcare, entertainment and sessions are all included in the cost of the event. Bursaries are also available by application selection to assist with the cost of registration if budgets are tight.

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