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Transitions

Canadian Mental Health Week 2013Day Two of the Vanier Institute’s Families in Canada 2015 conference is now complete and my head is swimming with facts, figures, ideas and connections.

My wallet is swimming with business cards.

I’ve never felt choked up at a conference before: beyond those stats, facts and figures were real emotions, revelations, secrets, personal journeys and testimonials, connections. All of the panelists shared personal insights into the state of families today – why some are broken and why some are successful.

Everyone was touched by the candid portrayals of life as a Canadian family. Whether it was the lawyer speaking about her transition to becoming female, to immigrants talking about their own transition into Canadian life, to dads talking about transitioning into loving, caring role models (sometimes primary role models) for their children; one of the conference themes centred around moving and changing and growing.

We can all relate I’m sure. What transition are you presently going through? New parent? New grad? New diagnosis? New relationship? Please feel free to share.

On Not Judging Covers

Heart PuzzleToday I had the good fortune of attending day one of The Vanier Institute’s Families in Canada conference.

As one of the only writers in attendance, I met and listened to fascinating attendees and speakers. They included Andrew Solomon, Ann Douglas, Mary Gordon, university professors, and executive directors of family-related non-profit organizations.

So many facets of family were covered: law and incarceration, youth justice, gender roles, work and family balance (or integration), mental health and stress, domestic violence, millennials in the workplace, and childcare.

I took copious notes and can’t wait to digest all of the information and hopefully use much of it for this blog and for pitching story ideas to magazine editors.

However, one of the best and possibly most ironic (or iconic) aspects of my day happened on the bus ride back from the conference. The bus was packed as it was rush hour and I was heading to suburbia. After about three stops, a man in his mid-thirties with a mohawk, earrings, tattoos, white tank and shorts got on the bus with a stroller – an adorable one year old boy was inside.

On first blush, one might think of the situation: Oh, poor kid. That man probably isn’t a strong role model/father/caregiver. 

But, that wasn’t the case at all: The man was obviously loving and devoted to his baby; carefully putting a blanket on him and encouraging him to suck his pacifier to go to sleep. He appreciated all of the coos coming from fellow passengers and bragged about his little boy’s accomplishments.

It was a sweet scenario and reminded me of why I came to this conference and why I enjoy writing about families, relationships, parenting and children: Even families who look perfect from the outside usually aren’t, and families who appear imperfect are often loving, caring, and whole.

News About CADDAC’s 4th Annual ADHD Conference.

CADDAC stands for Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada. I visit their website frequently, have spoken with a few of the organizers/staff and will be attending CADDAC’s upcoming ADHD conference.

The conference takes place in Markham (thank you, CADDAC organizers, for not making me drive and park in downtown Toronto!) from October 11-14, 2012.

I’ve never attended a conference focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and look forward to meeting like-minded parents, educators and experts and to learning more about this fascinating and frustrating disorder. Join me, won’t you? See below for more details.

CADDAC’s 4th ANNUAL ADHD CONFERENCE!

* FOUR DAYS: Thursday, October 11th – Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Venue:
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Toronto-Markham
7095 Woodbine Avenue Markham, Ontario L3R 1A3

Thursday, October 11th – ADHD Friendly Parent Coaching
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Friday, October 12th – What Educators Need to Know About ADHD
Dr. Rosemary Tannock, Dr. Peter Chaban & Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Saturday, October 13th – Girls & Women with ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Dr. Lance Levy & Terry Matlen
*click here for presentation details*

Sunday, October 14th – Adult ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Melissa Orlov & Dr. David Teplin
*click here for presentation details*

Conference fee covers registration, meals/break(s), and materials. Free Parking.

Pricing: Early Bird Pricing Available Now until August 13th!
Hotel: Hotel/Venue offering Promotional Pricing to Conference Attendees. $99/night. Limited availability – don’t wait!