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Sturgis, MI 49091
****** Pre-Registration is now open ******
Although there is NO CHARGE to attend the Parenting Fair, there is a cost of $3 per person to eat the cafeteria prepared lunch. Thanks to the Sturgis Youth Advisory Committee, the first 400 attendees to arrive at the Parenting Fair will receive a wrist band for their lunch free!
**Please be prepared to pay for your own lunch and the lunches of the children that are joining you for the Parenting Fair if you arrive after the first 400 attendees.**
Adult lunches include creamed chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll with butter, salad, cookie, and water.
Child lunches include peanut butter & jelly sandwich, apple slices with caramel, banana, cookie, and milk.
Featuring Keynote Speaker- Patti Kelley Criswell
Patti has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. In addition to her clinical practice in Kalamazoo, she teaches in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University. She writes and speaks nationally on the topics of peer aggression, body image, and parenting.
Patti is the award winning author of several American Girl titles including:
and others. She has also been featured on the Dr. Phil Show for her expertise on bullying.
- A Smart Girl's Guide to Friendship Troubles
- Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them
- Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends
Morning Keynote Session:
Fostering Emotional Well Being in Families
As parents we want to stay close to our kids, but also have safe, well behaved children. In this talk, Patti will discuss ways to strike a balance and foster emotionally safe and accepting home, while at the same time helping to prepare children for adulthood and foster good behavior.
Patti Criswell's Mini-Session:
Stand Up For Yourself & Your Friends
Many students are affected by peer aggression, either as a bystander or a victim. In this talk, Patti will discuss with parents the dynamics surrounding bullying and specific ways we can help our children deal with difficult classmates and foster resilience during difficult times. Based on her American Girl series book, there will be an optional book signing afterwards. 75 signed copies will be given away and participants are also welcome to bring their own Patti Criswell books to be signed.
New this year:
Parents are welcome to have 7-14 year old children join them for the Parenting Fair. If you choose to have children join you, special sessions #1 (Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends) & #11 (The Leader in Me) have been prepared for you. Also, your child can be dropped off in the cafeteria for art/activities starting at 8:30 a.m. while you stroll the exhibit hall and attend the morning keynote session by yourself.
Art/Activities will include
- Duct Tape Art with Sturgis District Library
- Home Depot workshop
- Abbreviated "Emergencies 101 for Kids" session with Central Dispatch &Sturgis Police Department
Students must be picked up when the morning keynote session ends. Parents must accompany their child when not at through the exhibit hall, mini-sessions, lunch, etc.
Having your child "join" you is different from our onsite childcare. All day childcare will be available for up to 100 children ages 0-10 years old who are pre-registered. Children checked into the onsite childcare are to remain there all day and not be taken out by parents for mini-sessions, lunch, etc. Childcare has its own planned activities, lunch, and field trips. Scroll further down page for information about this childcare option.
We have 20 mini-sessions to choose from that deal with all aspects of parenting. Look over the list and choose two (one from each time slot). Go to the Parenting Fair Registration form to register on-line. Click this link for the descriptions of the mini-sessions: Mini-Session Descriptions
In addition to one keynote presentation and 20 mini-sessions to choose from, there will also be many exhibits to browse through in the gym. These exhibits are agencies, businesses, and organizations that deal with parenting concerns and/or children. Please click this link to see a list of exhibitors: Exhibits
Childcare- REGISTER NOW
Onsite childcare will be available for parents who have no other options for their children. Childcare can accommodate up to 100 children ages 0-10. These children, and their parents attending, must be pre-registered in advance. Childcare fills quickly. No Walk-ins for childcare the day of the fair will be permitted. Children in childcare are provided a free lunch. Register you child at this link: Childcare Registration
Child Identification Packets Assembled at Parenting Fair!
Parents have the option of having an identification packet created for children while at the Parenting Fair. Make the most of your time at the Parenting Fair and PRE-SUBMIT your child's information through this webpage. Complete your child's Project Brittney ID form at this link: Child Identification Packet Form