This annual Parenting Conference held October 14 and 15, 2016 at the Penticton Ramada Inn was another great success!  Parents, childcare providers and early childhood educators enjoyed the following workshops:

Friday Workshop:

Young Children’s Rough and Tumble Play: Complexities and Opportunities

Physical interactions during play, while thoroughly enjoyable, can be complex and difficult for adults to interpret, particularly when play appears to be aggressive. Although often misinterpreted as aggression, rough and tumble play affords unique opportunities for physical, social and cognitive development. This presentation will illustrate research on rough and tumble play and consider the distinct behavioural expressions of young children in early childhood settings. Perspectives of educators and families will be examined, as rough and tumble play is considered within a framework of normal child growth and development.

Presenter: Dr. Michelle Tannock

Dr. Michelle Tannock is an early childhood educator and renowned researcher. She is currently Professor of Early Childhood Education at Douglas College and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. She has held posts at Thompson Rivers University and as an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a researcher, she coordinated a series of seminal studies examining the role of rough and tumble play in early childhood settings, the results of which have formed the basis for numerous international publications and presentations (keynotes, papers, and workshops).

Saturday Workshop

Ant’s in your Pants: Managing Big Feelings through Self-Regulation

Why is it important for young children to learn to self-regulate?  Learning to self-regulate is a lifelong skill that impacts how we learn, make and keep friends, and build resilience when we confront a stressful event. At all ages and stages, children learn different self-regulation skills. Often, children rely on the caring adults in their lives to support them in learning these skills. We look forward to sharing some great strategies to help support your child’s development.


Andria Anderson is a paediatric occupational therapist with several years experience working in childhood mental health. Her passion is in the area of self-regulation and working with families who have limited access to occupational therapy services. Daily examples of dysregulation come with having two young boys ages 4 and 2.
Jehanne Hill is a paediatric occupational therapist who has worked with families and children in the South Okanagan for 5 years. Over the past two years she has worked alongside Andria to develop Collective Therapy, an online based service for families to easily access information on child development. Being a mom to Gavin (aged 4) and Leah (aged 18 months), helps keep her on her toes with her self-regulation skills.

Refreshments and a hot buffet lunch were included in the price of $30 per person or $45 per couple for both days.  Children had fun at the free on-site child minding, while parents participated in the Saturday workshop.  Registration, transportation and child-care subsidies were available.

Stay tuned for details of the 2017 CFK/SB6 Parenting Conference.