Not long ago, my wife and I were raising our two — shall I say “spirited” — twin boys. It’s not that they were “bad” boys; they just went through a “phase” when they were (to put it nicely) feisty, headstrong and more than willing to demonstrate that they knew everything about everything.
For a time, we liv-ed in a world of chaos when all we really wanted was just a little bit of calm.
That’s why my attention instantly was drawn to the Parent Services Center upcoming conference: “Chaos to Calm: Using Basic Behav-ior Management.”
The conference is set from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Ornelas Center, 3402 Old Omen Road, near The University of Texas at Tyler.
Kelly Smith, a nationally recognized child behavior specialist, will be the featured speaker. A licensed behavioral specialist with a master’s degree in psychology, she has worked for Mesquite ISD for 18 years.
“Ms. Smith led our 2013 conference and because she was such a hit with the 300 attendees, she’s back!” said Conference Chair Suzanne Brians, in a news release from Parent Services Center. “She has 30 years of experience working with children, teens and adults with behavioral issues.
“In addition, she has recorded and co-authored works with the nationally known author and speaker, Dr. Ray Levy. She should provide valuable information for anyone who cares for children,”
The conference is open to all. Registration is $35 prior to Jan. 18 and will cost $40 when registering at the door.
Proof of attendance will be provided and counselors, social workers, therapists and teachers can receive continuing education credits.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
You can register and learn more about the conference and the work of Parent Services Center by going to its website, http://parentservicescenter.org .
Where was this when I really needed it?