The Happily Family Conference

  • Presented by Jason & Cecilia Hilkey of Happily Family
  • May 4-8, 2017
  • Sessions Attended
    • How Difficult Times Help Us Heal
      • Presented by Elizabeth Lesser
      • “Elizabeth Lesser talks about how parenting is like the Phoenix Process, a process of being open to struggle in order to give birth to a new version of ourselves. She reminds us to let go of the stories we’ve made up about other people and to let go of the shame we feel about ourselves. Elizabeth shares what it means to be an emotional first responder and gives us practical tools to meet our deepest needs to connect, to truly see others and be seen by others.”
    • Connecting with the Struggling Child
      • Presented by Lori Petro
      • “In our heartfelt conversation, Lori describes how her own experiences of being misunderstood as a child, inspired her to support parents to understand their children and create trust and safety with them. When a child is struggling, she encourages parents to look at the 3 S’s – what Stresses we can remove, what Support can we offer, and what Skills we want the child to develop. She also gives practical tools for parents and kids to handle their feelings.”
    • Seven Keys to Communication
      • Presented by Ellen Pritchard Dodge
      • “Ellen Pritchard Dodge shares practical ways to teach kids about their feelings and develop tools to handle emotions. She shares the 7 Keys to Communication–2 of which are game changers for the world! She is passionate about helping families. Ellen talks specifically about supporting military families and children who have experienced trauma. She shows how to use Kimochis, and shares how you can do the same activities without buying anything. She believes that by teaching kindness, compassion, and courage we can make the world a better place, one feeling at a time.”
    • Assertive Communication for Kids: Being a Kindness Warrior
      • Presented by Katie Hurley
      • “Katie Hurley tells us about her work with children, especially girls, and how she teaches them about empathy, self expression, friendships, and assertive communication. She reminds us that rather than labeling someone as a “bully” or a “mean girl” it’s more helpful to teach all kids to stand up for themselves, and be a “kindness warrior”. Katie encourages all parents to be gentle with themselves, slow down, listen, and role model what we want our kids to learn.”
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