Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stay At Home Dads Convention October 8 in Alexandria

Photo by Eflon
We were glad to see that Stay At Home Dads exist in large enough numbers to have a convention. It's on October 8th in Alexandria.  All the pertinent information is below, courtesy of Paxton Helms of DC Metro Dads, who posted the announcement on the New Hill East Yahoogroup. Paxton writes:

"It's going to be a great event with terrific speakers and activities (including the Thursday and Friday before the convention) and I encourage you to register and attend whether you are a stay at home dad or not."

Thursday, October 6th, 7pm – Dad's Night Out hosted by DC Metro Dads

Friday, October 7th, 9am-4pm – Tours of our Nation's Capital
5:30-7:30pm – Meet & Greet, Embassy Suites of Alexandria

Saturday, October 8th, 8:30am-5pm – Convention Events

Keynote: "Listening to our Wives: What Working Women Say about At-Home Dads"
Dr. Aaron Rochlen, Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the practical implications of his recently published study of women married to at-home dads. Show this to your spouse!

Positive Discipline
Dr. Rene Hackney, Developmental Psychologist and founder of Parenting Playgroups teaches parenting workshops across the DC area. She will discuss practical discipline approaches for our kids. Excellent speaker for anyone struggling with discipline issues at home.

Supporting Early Literacy
Susan Kusel, Children's Librarian. Literacy starts long before the school years. What do we need to do in order to give our kids the right start?

Keeping Our Kids Safe
A speaker from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will discuss keeping our kids safe from abduction and exploitation, plus the challenge of internet safety

Self Esteem and Respect
Dr. Rene Hackney discusses how self esteem starts in the first year and continues throughout life. How can we encourage esteem in our children?

Experiencing the Art Museum with Kids 
A staff member from the Smithsonian National Museum of Art discusses how we can make a visit to the art museum fun and educational, even if we aren't art experts ourselves.

Nutrition for Kids and Family
Speaker from the Virginia Cooperative Extension

How to Be a Fit At Home Dad

Brian Kelly, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, from EvoTrain

Depression and Dads
Lynne McIntyre, from Postpartum Support International, addresses how depression can affect dads too.

Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to school. Mike Bates, At Home Dad, discusses his experience with Safe Routes.

How to Be a Good Sports Parent
At Home Dad Robb Tavill discusses the ins and outs of participating in youth sports

Plus Discussions on Starting/Growing At Home Dads Groups, Speakers from Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative, Age-Based Discussions (Is It Just me?), and more!

Saturday, October 8, 5:30-7pm - President's Reception, Embassy Suites of Alexandria
(See registration form for details or contact convention @

Saturday, October 8, 7-10pm - Saturday Dinner, Joe Theismann's Restaurant
For only $30 enjoy an exceptional 3-course meal and extend your Convention experience (tax and tip included; alcohol is not). Register by selecting the "Saturday Dinner" option on the registration form.

Website: At Home Dad Convention

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