Session 1 | 10:30 - 11:15 am
Paramount Room - "Family Stories: How to develop the right narrative for your children" with Lisa Schuman
LGBTQ parents may find it challenging to find the right narrative to talk to their children about their birth stories. Parents want to help their children feel good about themselves and their families and learn about their family in a way that is nurturing and developmentally appropriate. In this workshop you will learn about:
- Developmental milestones for non-genetically related children
- How to help your child understand their birth story and family structure in a way that is affirming and nurturing
- How to answer your children’s difficult questions
Cabaret Room - "Every Child Deserves a Family Storytelling Workshop" with Family Equality Council Policy Team
This workshop will feature fun storytelling activities culminating in sharing your story electronically with your members of Congress. Bring your phone, tablet, or other device.
Session 2 | 11:15 am - 12 pm
Paramount Room - "Interfaith Parenting" with Rev.Burton Bagby-Grose, Jaime Brody, and Raquel Saraswati
Raising children in an interfaith household brings with it unique blessings and challenges. Join Jamie Brody from Keshet, Reverend Burton Bagby-Grose of the United Church of Christ, and American Muslim activist & Family Equality staffer Raquel Saraswati for a conversation on navigating faith-based questions from family members, religious leaders, and, most importantly, your children. We'll also be discussing common decision-points parents might encounter around faith as their children age. Appropriate for parents and parents-to-be at all stages of life and faith!
Cabaret Room - "Roots and Branches: Telling Traditional Stories to Modern Children" with Tom Lee Professional storyteller
Tom Lee will share some insights from his thirty years experience telling traditional folktales to school children. Tom’s presentation will consider how contemporary parents can bring the powerful human tradition of storytelling into their families. We will look at sources for great stories and consider how to incorporate these into the fabric of children’s education and understanding of the world. Come ready to share your own memories of storytelling, and your questions about telling stories with your children.