Why We’re Attending the Pittsburgh Parenting Expo

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This coming weekend (Saturday and Sunday March 8-9), Greg and I will be heading to the Monroeville Convention Center for the Pittsburgh Parenting Expo. No, it’s not because there are going to be plenty of fun to be had, coupons passed out, samples, and even a 55″ TV given away to three people (shh, Greg doesn’t know that yet, and he’s signed up anyways). The fact that the Saturday workshops don’t start until late morning aren’t a bad deal, either. The real reason? It’s because we’re excited to hear about how to be a better parenting team.

Here are the top five sessions we hope to learn from:

1. 3 Reasons Play is Your Kid’s Job – Not going to lie, I’m a pretty straightforward parent. Some days, I worry I am raising ‘lil adults and not kids. We have to talk to Arianna daily, saying, “GO! BE A KID!”. It’s like she doesn’t want to play. This 30-minute session should help us learn how to play with our kids and encourage creative play that has sort of lost its magic in this technology age.

2. 3 Strategies to Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate! I’m already a fan of Doctor G, and I’m hoping this session will make my fandom even bigger. Admittedly, sometimes I think yelling is the only way to get through to the kids. Doctor G plans on giving parents ideas to make parents feel better about their parenting style…and ways to deal with the tantrums and defiance that are sure to happen as our kids grow.

3. 3 Ways to Improve Grades, Behavior and Social Skills for Kids with ADHD – Without Medication Although this session is geared toward parents of elementary and middle school-aged children and neither of our kids have ADHD, we’d like to go to this one. We’re not self-diagnosing, but there’s a family history of ADHD, so this one should help us to be armed with advice. I’m all about healing without medication (although I understand there are cases that need it!), too.

4. 3 Ways to Work with Picky Eaters Arianna is constantly wanting to eat. Luckily, most of the time it is healthy. Evan, on the other hand, is incredibly picky. This session claims it will help make meals calmer, happier, and healthier. Can’t wait to get these tips.

5. 3 Ways to Find Healthy Digital Media for Your Children Like I said in #1, we’d love to encourage more play and less reliance on technology. At the same time, the kids need to know how to use technology and have a good balance of play and digital time. This session will give us resources…and bonus? We get to try them out on our phones while we are in the session!

Beyond these reasons, Greg and I are looking forward to the activities, learning about Pittsburgh fun for kids, and spending time together as a team. Often, he’s the parent in the family, so working together to find a good balance is our main goal.

We’d love for you to join us this weekend! Ticket prices are $8 for adults (if bought online, or $10 at the door) and FREE for kids under age 14. I’ve also got a “Blue” Promo code you can use to get tickets for $7: BLUEPITPM (Here’s the speaker list so you can make your own plans!)

Can’t make it, or want to learn more? Check out the Parenting Expo on Twitter (@parentexpopitt), Facebook, and Pinterest.

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