Workshops & Speaking

Parenting workshops

Ever frustrated, overwhelmed, or discouraged by the parenting roller coaster?

Upbeat Parenting offers over a dozen different workshops led by either Ms. Miller or Ms. Parker for parents, support caregivers, and child welfare agencies. Each workshop presents unique, creative, yet practical strategies for handling the day-to-day challenges of parenting. Attendees leave each dynamic session inspired and renewed, armed with the materials and confidence to begin immediately. Speeches, book signings and discounted purchases may also be arranged.

Workshops are priced on a sliding scale based on length, travel, audience, and supplies needed. Discounts are available for multiple workshops for the same agency or in the same trip. Any of the workshops can be presented in overview format or as excerpts to fit into the time frame of shorter conference time slots [as little as 1 hour]. Workshops can be combined to fit into Institute length trainings [up to 6 hours].

Click here for list of workshops, description, and length.

 

“Heart-Stories” Writing Workshops

Could you spend 4 – 8 hours to create a one of a kind gift for someone you love?

Ms. Parker has created a series of workshops leading novice writers to complete personalized stories for their children, relatives, and themselves. These stories come from the participants’ hearts and reflect the writers’ personal histories and the lives of the people for whom they write these Heart Stories.

No previous writing experience is necessary, although seasoned writers are also welcome. Each workshop presents clear prompts and tools for developing the individual stories and by the close of the workshop each attendee will have a completed story ready to give, to keep, or to share with those they love. Stories for children can be specially tailored to promote self-esteem, bonding, emotional control, or skill-building. Specialized Heart-Stories for foster and adoptive children available.

Workshops are priced on a sliding scale based on length, travel, audience, and supplies needed. Discounts are available for multiple workshops for the same organization, region, or in the same trip. Workshops can be combined to create a longer series or class. Small home-based writing groups can also be accommodated.

  Click here for more about Heart Stories.

 


 

Keynote or Speaking Presentations

Looking for a unique, entertaining and inspiring speaker for your next event or meeting?

Ms. Parker is also available for keynote, luncheon, or dinner presentations on parenting, history, heart stories, or foster, kinship and adoptive parenting. She delights in introducing listeners to the joys of upbeat parenting, the excitement of exploring, making, and documenting history, the wonder of seeing a loved one read a one-of-a-kind personalized story, and repercussions from the hidden world of America’s forgotten children.

  Click here for list of speaking presentations.