School District Five to host inaugural parenting conference

Lexington-Richland School District Five is hosting an inaugural parenting conference, Strengthening Families, on September 14.

The free conference is facilitated by School District Five social workers and family educators. The conference is open to all families in School District Five and will feature speakers, breakout sessions, lunch, giveaways and child care is provided. Keynote speakers are Patrick Patterson, founder of Global Partners for Fathers and Families Consulting, LLC, and Patrice Penny, University of South Carolina Clinical Assistant Professor. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Three Rivers Baptist Church in Irmo.

“We believe this conference will help us bridge the gap between school, home, and community,” said School District Five Coordinator of Parenting and Social Work Services Jennifer Felkel. “This educational event hopes to connect and strengthen our families within School District Five.”

The topics for discussion include:

  • Saying no to our children and being able to maintain their relationship with their child
  • Communicating with family members to strengthen relationships in the family
  • Disciplining-Expectations vs Consequences
  • How to uplug in a plugged-in world

All families must register by September 6 to Barbara Coker at 803-476-8240. Registration is limited to 100 participants.