Friday, February 15, 2013

PEP Talks: Inspiring Speakers on Parenting (GIVEAWAY!)

In the midst of winter in Vancouver, with rain what seems like every day, I feel like I could use a little inspiration. I'm pretty excited to announce that I've got a giveaway to help out a little in the inspiration department.

This year, the Vancouver International Children's Festival is introducing a series of evening events for parents & teachers. PEP Talks has invited world-class speakers, authors & thinkers to present on the issues every parent faces from gender roles to the teenaged brain to the role of play & freedom in child development. PEP Talks features parenting sensations Lenore Skenazy (AKA America’s worst mom), Sheryl Feinstein, Deborah MacNamara & Lisa Bloom.

The goal of PEP Talks to bring high profile speakers and educators to Vancouver for informative & thought-provoking evening events that will inspire & inform both parents & educators. Tom Stulberg, the VICF Board Chair, describes it as "TED Talks for Parents”.

Each event takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse on March 7, April 10, May 15 & June 12 at 7:30 pm. You can buy tickets to the entire series for $130 or $35 per speaker, with net proceeds to benefit the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

Here's the schedule of talks & a little more info about each speaker. Click on their names & it'll take you to more specific information about their talks on the PEP Talks site.

Lenore Skenazy
Lenore Skenazy – March 7

Free-Range Kids

Dubbed “America’s Worst Mom,” after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway, alone in New York City where they live, she founded the book and blog, Free-Range Kids, which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement.

Book a ticket to Lenore Skenazy! 

Sheryl Feinstein
Sheryl Feinstein – April 10 

Parenting the Teenage Brain

This professor and former teacher knows all about the teenaged mind! Her books include Secrets of the Teenage Brain, The Praeger Handbook of Learning and the Brain, Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress, and Teaching the At-Risk Teenage Brain.  

Book a ticket to Sheryl Feinstein!  

Dr. Debra MacNamara

Deborah MacNamara – May 15

The Lost Art of Play: Helping Children Grow Up

Play helps builds brains and forward development and it’s becoming an endangered activity! Find out more from this dynamic speaker, clinical counselor and educator.

Book a ticket to Deborah MacNamara!

Lisa Bloom
Lisa Bloom – June 12

How to Raise Smart Kids in the New Millennium 

Don’t miss this provocateur and the bestselling author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down Worldand most recently Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture.

Book a ticket to Lisa Bloom!

Are you excited & ready to get your tickets? Well, here's the scoop: I've got eight tickets, two to each of the speakers, to give away to four of my readers! Tickets are regularly $35 each, so with taxes & service charges, each pair is worth $86.90. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below (signing up is easy, quick & free if you haven't already done so). You can earn multiple entries for helping to promote the giveaway & other options. The contest is not limited to Canadians per se, but you will have to be here in Vancouver for the date of the talk. The contest will be open for one week & I'll use Rafflecopter's random number generator to choose the four winners just after midnight on February 22. I'll notify winners by email--first to reply gets first choice of which event they'd like to go to. Please reply within 48 hours to claim your prize! As always, if you have any issues or questions with entering the giveaway, don't hesitate to contact me: lisa.corriveau AT :)

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Disclaimer: This is not a paid post, however, I will be receiving complimentary tickets to two of the talks. The opinions above are my own, as always!

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  1. I would love to see all of these speakers, except maybe the teenager brain since I thankfully have a good 8 years before that stage hits:) Most interested in Lenore's talk about free range kids because her message has always really resonated with me, and more so now living in an over-privileged/over-sheletered suburb. Great post for bringing awareness to these great talks!!

  2. I'd love to win tickets. I've been following free range kids for a few months and love her philosophy. All the speakers sound amazing.

  3. I would love to see everyone that is listed above to gain more insight on their thoughts and views and to be prepared for thoes teenage years. Yikes! Rav

  4. I would love to see all of the speakers, although the teenage brain one is something that I won't need to cope with for a few years yet. They all sound fantastic though.

  5. I'd like to see Raising Smart Kids in the new millenium - I suspect I'd learn a lot!

  6. I'd like to see the art of play!


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