2020 Positive Parenting Conference

It’s time for the 2020 Positive Parenting Conference that is held for FREE!

Perhaps you are stuck inside with your kids all day, working and/or homeschooling at the same time while trying to be a sane person but maybe just a little bit going crazy — thus losing it with your little one more often than you’d like. Anyone…?

Perhaps you are nestling in with your little one, enjoying this unexpectedly unrushed time together, and you’re curious about positive parenting or well on your way.

Wherever you’re at, you could use:

  • practical ideas for calm, kind and firm interactions with your kids
  • support for raising happy, well-adjusted adults
  • encouragement in being the parent you want to be (and usually are)
  • connection with other parents doing this, too

Yes? Then sign up here.

The Positive Parenting Conference is my favorite online summit. It is top-notch, it is practical, it is FREE, and it just keeps getting better.

This year’s 16 speakers are big-name authors like

  • Dr. Shefali Tsabary (maybe you saw her on Oprah)
  • Dr. Laura Markham (perennially popular)
  • Dr. Tina Bryson (all the brain science you need)
  • Dr. Lawrence Cohen (play therapist–so good for kids right now)

… and many more.

Here’s how these online summits work:

1. You sign up now, so you don’t forget.

2. You get an email from our host, my friend Sumitha of AFineParent.com, when each talk is available (Sept. 22 – 29).

3. And then you sit back and watch the videos from home, wearing — well, if you’re like me lately, the clothes you wore yesterday, conveniently located on the floor beside your bed.

You don’t even have to take notes on the many nuggets of gold in these talks. That’s because you get an eBook with takeaways from every talk. Also free. And you get it as soon as you register.

Plus you’ll be invited to a Facebook community to connect with the thousands of other parents participating in this year’s conference.

See? Sumitha just keeps making it better.

So, the only remaining question is which talks you want to catch for sure. Here’s the full list of all the masterclasses included (yes, for FREE):

September 22-23 / Track #1 : Connection Based Parenting

  • Dr. Shefali Tsabary: Conscious Parenting
  • Dr. Laura Markham: Peaceful Parenting
  • Dr. Tina Bryson: Power of Showing Up
  • Hal Runkel: Screamfree Parenting
  • Bonus: 3 Quick Win Tips

September 24-25 / Track #2 Managing Behavior

  • Judy Arnall: Positive Discipline Tools
  • Dr. Mona Delahooke: Understanding Behaviors
  • Betsy Brown Braun: Brat-proofing Kids
  • Dayna Abraham: Kids Activities & Games
  • Bonus: 4 Quick Win Tips

September 26-27 / Track #3: Healing and Happiness

  • Dr. Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness
  • Dr. Lawrence Cohen: Playful Parenting
  • Mark Wolynn: Inherited Family Trauma
  • Casey O’Roarty: Managing Our Emotions
  • Bonus: 3 Quick Win Tipsce

September 28-29th / Track #4: Path to Success

  • Greg McKeown: Essentialism
  • Dr. Peg Dawson: Executive Skills
  • Dr. William Stixrud: Self-Driven Child
  • Dr. Kathy Koch: Multiple Intelligences
  • Bonus: 3 Quick Win Tips

United Way of Skagit County

If your children (between the ages of 1 to 18) live within Sedro-Woolley city limits or the Mount Vernon Schools boundaries for Centennial Elementary School or Washington Elementary School, and would benefit from having a little extra food over the weekend, PLEASE register for free delivery of a bag of food for each child!  Each bag has a couple of breakfast items, some lunch food and snacks.  Your name/address will not be shared with anyone other than the food bank & delivery drivers.

Supporting Childrens Social and Emotional Well Being


Webinars Available

Who Will Mind the Children? The Impact of COVID-19 on the Child Care Market. Join us to learn how public policy and non-government organizations can address child care challenges that existed before, and are exaggerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thursday, August 6th at noon. More information and Registration

The Growing Brain: From Birth to 5 Years Old provides a toolkit of how the brain develops, along with ways you can encourage healthy brain development in children birth – 5. More info and Registration 

Foundations of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is a 5-part introductory series on centering caregiver-child relationships, supporting early attachment, understanding when young children need advanced support, and cultivating reflective practice. Scholarships available. More info and Registration

League of Extraordinary People Virtual Town Hall: ACEs and the impact on the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other Communities of Color. August 5th from 3:00-4:30pm. More info and Registration

Racial Equity in Education, featuring Dr. Benjamin Danielson, Director of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, will explore the role of racial equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in our public education system.October 8th from 11:30am -1:00pm with the the League of Education Voters. Webinar Registration

NRC-PFMCH 2020 Education Series Webinars

The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFMCH), in partnership with Bright Futures National Center and the Screening Technical Assistance and Resource Center, has implemented a 2-part webinar series, Making Connections: The Critical Role of Family-Centered Care in Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). The goal of this series was to provide state Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, pediatricians, families and other with information about the impact of social determinants of health (SDoH) on CYSHCN and their families, including implementation strategies for state programs. The series discussed the role of these groups and state systems in addressing SDoH for CYSHCN by using components of the medical home model of care.

Social Determinants of Health Resources to Support Implementation of Screening and Referrals 

Developed by the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet series discusses​ social determinants of health (SDoH) screening and referrals for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. Opportunities for collaboration and partnership between Medicaid, Title V Maternal and Child Health / CYSHCN programs, and pediatricians are discussed. State-level case studies provide innovative and replicable strategies for implementing SDoH screening and community referrals. 

Tools for Better Public Health Communications

Research shows that many people don’t understand what public health is or what public health professionals do. It’s hard to ask people to support and fund public health if they don’t know what it is. That’s why the de Beaumont Foundation and the Aspen Institute have released a set of practical communication tools at www.phrases.org.  


August 7 Webinar – COVID-19 and Early Post-Partum Breastfeeding: Emerging Evidence and Recommendations In observance of World Breastfeeding Week, the DC Breastfeeding Coalition and DC Health are hosting a Webinar with internationally recognized experts from major health organizations to discuss the current evidence and recommendations for breastfeeding in the wake of COVID-19. Register today.

August 11 Webinar – Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen This webinar hosted by the National Institute for Health Care Management will discuss how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference. Register today.

October 6 Virtual Event – Practicing Adolescent-Centered Trauma-Informed Care in a Clinical Setting The Adolescent Health Initiative is pleased to offer an interactive training on providing trauma-informed care, hosted virtually on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST. The 2020 Connection Session is designed for health care professionals who serve adolescents, including physicians, nurses, social workers, health center managers, and other youth-serving community professionals.  This interactive event is partially funded through the Office of Continuing Medical Education and Lifelong Learning at Michigan Medicine. Registration is open.

Save the Date – Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is hosting a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. The virtual symposium will feature national, state, tribal and local experts leading these efforts and is developed for public health leaders at all levels and community organizations confronting the pandemic. Learn more

ADDITUDE – ADHD Expert Webinars

Ready, Set, Pivot: How to Prepare Your Kids (and Yourself) for an Unfamiliar School Year

Thursday, July 30, 2020



Expert Speaker: Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

After a spring semester of remote learning — and no shortage of complications, challenges, and forgotten passwords for students with ADHD — schools are largely reopening in August and September. While each state is dictating its own reopening guidelines, many independent schools and public school districts will likely opt for some type of hybrid learning — a mix of in-person and online instruction. For kids who are alternative learners — those with ADHD, LD, ASD or anxiety — this new educational model, along with their ongoing worries about COVID, is increasing unease and uncertainty to new levels. How can you prepare your kids (and yourself) for an unusual back-to-school season that’s filled with novel transitions and uncomfortable change?

In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline offers practical, collaborative tools for addressing your family’s concerns about setting up a successful start to the school year. You’ll learn how to create effective daily routines, cope with anxiety about COVID and social contact, manage challenges with online learning, and balance screen time. Submit your question by posting a comment on this page or email lilly@newhopemedia.com to ask questions about the following:

  • How to set up daily routines that reduce conflict and build skills for independence
  • How to deal with general anxiety and health and safety concerns.
  • How to improve flexibility and cooperation
  • How to address issues related to childcare and home learning
  • How to advocate for the educational needs of your child or teen in this new academic environment

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Sharon Saline, Psy.D. has focused her work on ADHD, anxiety, learning differences and mental health challenges and their impact on school and family dynamics for over 30 years. Her unique perspective, a sibling of a child who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of academic excellence and clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate from the confusing maze of diagnoses and conflict to successful interventions and connections. Dr. Saline funnels this expertise into her book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. Heralded as an invaluable resource, her book is the recipient of two awards: Best Book Awards winner by American Book Fest and the Gold Medal from Moms’ Choice Awards. She recently published The ADHD Solution Deck.

As an international lecturer and workshop facilitator, Dr. Saline combines psychology with her love of theatre to animatedly present on a variety of topics from understanding ADHD, executive functioning and anxiety in children and teens to working with different kinds of learners and raising digital citizens.  Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to ADDitudemag.com and PsychologyToday.com, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work.

Mind Matters: Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience

People experiencing trauma and toxic stress often have difficulty regulating their emotional responses when facing challenges in school, life, and relationships. As participants learn the skills and strategies in Mind Matters, they can begin to say, “I am not a victim of what happened to me.”

Mind Matters’  lessons teach people aged 12 and up to respond to negative experiences with innovative methods based on  current research and neuroscience. These skills give individuals a way to take charge of their emotions and improve their states of mind. Participants learn to address their physical, relational, and mental health needs.

Program Length: 12 Lessons (1 hour each) or 21 Sessions (15-20 minutes each)
Age Group: 12+
Authors: Carolyn Curtis, Ph.D. & Charles Stolzenbach, L.M.F.T.

Visit The Dibble Institute to learn more.

Online Childbirth Preparation Course

Price: $125.00 for you and your labor partner. Click here to register today!

For more information contact Teri Shilling at teri@passionforbirth.com or text 360-395-5034

Terri has been teaching childbirth classes at Island and Skagit Valley Hospital for many years. Her goal is to build your confidence, explore the options you have and share tried and true methods to help you achieve your optimal birth.