February 20, 2013 – Great parent presentation tonight

Dare to Care – http://www.daretocare.ca  It was a great parent presentation tonight.  Dwayne Peace spoke for 2.5 hours to a group of parents at a local secondary school.  He covered all the topics but of course, couldn’t speak in depth on all as each would have been hours long.  His discussion topics included our teenagers + drugs, alcohol, bullying, social media, digital harassment, parenting, teens and parent relationships, what teens want us parents to be like, and lots more.  It was a very powerful parent evening and tomorrow he will be speaking to the grade 11 and 12s in the school. I believe today he presented to the grade 9/10s.  In my opinion, he is a very good speaker with impact.  He talks really quickly but this in itself captivates the students.  His presentation to them is 3 hours long and he fills the room with information, personal information and words of wisdom for the students.  It is all in hopes that the students take away something they can share or use.  

It is so meaningful for us as adults to help ‘Make the Difference’.  Dwayne said some strong messages to the parents such as:

* Are you parenting your children like you want them to parent your grandchildren?

* Is there enough family time set aside for your kids?

* Kids are asking for families to spend more time together.

* Are you the kind of parent that you would want your child to marry?  If not, there is still time to make changes.

* Kids are most impressionable when they are between 6 and 9 years old.  Keep them away from repeated viewings of violent news/video games .

* Be aware of your kids friends and their social media.  Talk to your kids.  Open the communication up.

* Remember that we are parents first, not buddies with our kids.  The delineation between friends and parents is very strong.

There was many more excellent tidbits that he shared.  One that stuck out to me was one about best friends.  How girls have best friends all the time and tell their besties everything.  But as we know as adults, sometimes best friends go by the wayside.  Now these teen girls have told everything and when girls get mad at each other, what happens?  Least we say more.. except … uh oh, oh crap!!

Dwayne had impact.  We know he is one of many type of presenters around Canada and the world.  But he is good.  He is easy to listen to. He is funny.  He is human.  And he cares.  This is so important.  He is a dad to 5 kids. He knows about parenting.   He gets it.  

I only hope that others see it the same way.  Please take the time to check out the Dare to Care website – http://www.daretocare.ca 

I am still so tired but am glad that I was able to attend the presentation tonight with a gf.  Resting up until tomorrow….. xoxo

P.S.  There is Fitness Fundraiser for Amanda’s Legacy fund on the weekend.  Zumba, Yoga classes, silent auction, lunch and more.  Thank you to Frank, Deborah and Rosa for supporting Amanda’s legacy and continuing to move the message forward.  (On the front of their building is a huge gigantic sign of Amanda and the fundraiser.  I took a picture of it below.)



About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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5 Responses to February 20, 2013 – Great parent presentation tonight

  1. Savetheworld says:

    What a beautiful girl ..her image is etched in our minds ..her words echo in our hearts .. I am certain that the world was a better place when she was in. The whole world misses you beautiful child! Big hugs and kisses to you Carol xoxo


  2. Hamsi says:

    The comment about keeping children away from violent video games and movies is on the mark. It is one of the reasons they become so desensitized to the suffering of others.


  3. Paul K says:

    Nice to see parents taking the time to become more educated on these issues.It opens up the dialogue.If it gets the family talking at the kitcen table,all the better.The poster of Amanda looks great.I hope it gives the people driving by an idea to participate at the most,or at least a few moments to ponder what Amanda is standing up for.Another fine post today,Carol.


  4. la Punisher says:

    Sounds like it was a good presentation with a lot of interesting subjects, If that picture is as big as I think it is…WOW… Wonderful…. and such a pretty little girl on it. Hope you have a great day Carol, Hugz 2U


  5. merle48 says:

    To Carol, If only these types of presentations went viral! I guess Mr. Peace’s presentation went so long because there is truly so much to cover…and he probably didn’t touch on half of it. I 🙂


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