Tea Cup Illustration

by Tim Barley
Professional Speaker and Family Advocate

“Your value is based on who you are, and not what you do” is the fundamental message we illustrate to students with our tea cup analogy. Different cups represent how teenagers might see themselves and their peers: disposable as a red solo cup, replaceable like a mug, or invaluable like a tea cup. When children have the right perspective of their immeasurable worth, they also see others as invaluable; this mindset cultivates respect and empowers them to make healthy choices.

Building a Solid Foundation for Parenting in the Digital Age

by Ryan Bicker
Professional Speaker and Family Advocate

The challenges of parenting in the digital age concerns and even intimidates many parents. We recognize the benefits of technology, but we also recognize the importance of establishing boundaries. The earlier we help our children with parameters around digital devices, the easier our parenting path can be. How do we stay ahead? How do we find a balance between letting our children use tech devices but at the same time protecting them from indulging in harmful content and forming destructive habits? This video will help ease your mind as you become more confident in navigating parenting in the digital age.

Practical Tools for Parenting in the Digital Age

by Ryan Bicker
Professional Speaker and Family Advocate

If you are about to embark on or are in the middle of the challenging journey where parenting meets technology, this video will give you practical tools you can implement with your children. These helpful tools will address safety concerns, how to use technology to get better connected with your child, as well as how to set up parameters, expectations and consequences that fit your family values.

iPARENTS and the IMPACT of TECH

by Tim Barley
Professional Speaker and Family Advocate

This video will help you understand the overwhelming amount of pressure our children are under due to technology and availability of information. These new trends are causing significantly increased risks of stress, anxiety, sleep disorders and mental health conditions. Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. Studies from the American Medical Association show how these behaviors are linked to smart phones and technology, specifically social media and gaming. This ED talk will encourage you and equip you with tools to become an iParent (Informed Parent) creating strategies that will cultivate a healthy tech environment for your family.

Building Resilience Under Pressure

by Tim Barley
Professional Speaker and Family Advocate

Stress and failure are a normal part of human experience and it is imperative that we teach our children how to manage stress and bounce back from failure. How can we best prepare our kids for life by letting them work through their failures? How can we lead them to become creative problem-solvers? This ED Talk addresses how you can raise resilient kids, so they can avoid the pitfalls of unhealthy coping habits. It will show you actionable steps on how to encourage your children to adopt healthy coping skills and how to take safe risks.

Helping Kids With Mental Health Conditions

by Stefanie Hoffman
Writer and Mental Health Advocate

Current statistics show a staggering increase in mental health conditions among youth. Sadly, most young people don’t get diagnosed and they don’t receive treatment. In this ED Talk you will learn about the differences between normal and concerning behaviors, as well as steps you can take for early intervention.