Entering a school year like no other, parents and students need help — and community. Whether you’re schooling at home or trying a hybrid system offered by your school district, a gathering at Summerwood on Monday, Aug. 31, will address families’ questions, concerns and fears.
Former teachers Suzanne Falconer and Diane Geddes will host the group discussion. We’ll talk about at-home school logistics, parental coaching, student tutoring and network resources. From this conversation, we’ll build a response to support and link families for the learning season ahead.
Kids are welcome! Bring your lawn chairs, conundrums and creative solutions as we brainstorm and pray together to meet the educational challenges ahead.
Who can attend: Families with primary through high school students; teachers and former teachers. You don’t have to be part of our church family to attend, but you must register below.
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31
Where: Summerwood Amphitheater behind the church building. Social distancing required. In the event of rain, we will attempt to reschedule.
Can’t make the gathering but still interested in connecting? Contact Suzanne Falconer at 779-772-3055, or Diane Geddes at 815-218-5528.
We spoke via Zoom recently with seven parents from our church family. Topic: How are you and your kids coping with the stay-at-home order?
*Opinions expressed are the individuals’ own, and do not necessarily represent First Free Rockford or the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).
Parenting is a challenging, delightful, heart-wrenching journey that can feel overwhelming and even lonely. To come alongside you, First Free Rockford is hosting a parenting conference, Raise Up, featuring writers and speakers Sissy Goff and David Thomas from the Raising Boys and Girls ministry.
WHEN: Feb. 21-22, 2020
Friday, 6:30–9:15 p.m. (check-in 6–6:30 p.m.)
Saturday, 9–11:15 a.m.
WHERE: First Free Rockford – 2223 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL
(southeast corner of Mulford and Spring Creek roads)
CHILDCARE: All ages through grade 5 (check-in 6 p.m. Fri.; 8:30 a.m. Sat.)
REGISTRATION: $30 couple; $15 individual
Registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Questions? Contact Adult Ministries by calling 815-877-7046 or emailing adultministries [AT] firstfreerockford [DOT] org.
Learn more about the speakers at raisingboysandgirls.com.
by Jim Killam | 4-minute read
Like any parents, Chris and Tona Johnson can be baffled by something one of their three boys did. And, like any parents, their first response might be: “Why did you do that? What were you thinking?”
A big insight for them came during a parenting conference by the organization Raising Boys & Girls. When kids do something crazy, they probably aren’t thinking. Their brains can’t yet make the connections that their parents’ brains can. Just understanding that, and knowing a different approach or two, has made a difference for Chris and Tona as parents.
A few years ago, Tona was one of several women from First Free who attended a conference in Franklin, Tenn. A breakout session on parenting by authors David Thomas and Sissy Goff caught their attention.
“We were like, wow, that’s life-changing,” Tona says. “I didn’t know any of that. How come no one’s told me all of that stuff?”
In anticipation of our Raise Up Parenting Conference Feb. 21-22, we spoke via email with David Thomas of Raising Boys & Girls. David and his colleague, Sissy Goff, will teach on topics related to at least two of their books: Are My Kids on Track? and Modern Parents, Vintage Values. Here’s our conversation with David:
Is there a kids’ age range you recommend for parents attending this conference?
We will be discussing kids from birth through adolescence. We’ll go back and forth throughout the conference, giving examples from toddlers to teens. We commonly have grandparents attend our conferences with their adult children, hoping to learn new things in caring for the kids they love. We are thrilled to have adults of all ages with us in this time.
What would be a realistic expectation for parents to bring to these two days?
Our hope is that we can learn and laugh together. Parenting is hard work, and though we’ll be talking about important ideas, we want to make the learning fun and engaging. We share visuals of the ideas we’re discussing to make the content even more relevant, alongside giving practical tips for implementing these ideas. We’ll discuss some important emotional, social and spiritual milestones we hope to see the kids we love progressing toward, but more importantly practical ideas for helping kids move toward these milestones.