Need a fresh perspective on your family's everyday issues, such as whining kids, arguing over bedtime, dealing with school drama, lacking me-time (or us-time) and endless soccer practices and play dates?
, the conference for modern moms, will have tips, advice and lots of fun for local moms when it kicks off in Bellevue later this month.
This parent-only event will be Friday, May 18, 2012, to Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the . But while kids should stay home (perhaps with a baysitter), dads are welcome to come!
Tickets are $169 to access the dozens of workshops and speakers on Saturday. But Friday's vendor fair, which includes food, massages, pedicures, jewelry and other products and services, is completely FREE for anyone to browse and enjoy.
Seattle-area moms and parent educators Amy Lang and Kim Estes, known as here on Bellevue Patch, organized the conference. (Patch is also one of the convention sponsors.)
More than 50 speakers will address subjects on parenting, including life strategies, discipline and moms setting aside time for themselves.
Speakers include Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes.
Local mom, comedian and Huffington Post writer Karen Mangiacotti will do stand up.
Solving the Dinner Dilemma: Stress-Free Cooking For Busy Moms - Make Ahead Mamas
(Claudia Pettis, Deb Kapsner, and Maia Kelly)
Envy the Energizer Bunny? Sleep for the Exhausted Mama - Catherine Darley, ND
Vodka: It’s Not Just for Drinking Jim Allen
Getting Your Groove Back: Sex for the Exhausted Mama - Amy Johnson
From Clutter to Calm - Sara Eizen
Motherhood, Money and Mayhem - Debbie Whitlock
The Momarchy: Take Your Life Back From Your Kids - Angela Toussaint
Raising Resilient Kids- Avoiding Praise Junkies! - Sarina Behar Natkin
Turn It Off! Tips and Tools for Parenting in the Age of Technology - Ann Hungar Steel
Chores Without Challenge - Patricia Nan Anderson
Turning Anger to Empathy: Responding to Misbehavior with Empathy - Kathy Slattengren
Creating Grateful Kids - Shirin Shirkat
That Would Never Happen to MY Daughter! - Kelly Marquet
Picky Eating: It’s Not Your Fault! - Matthew Amster-Burton
If you go
MamaCon, a conference for Modern Moms http://mamacon.net/, Friday, May 18, 2012 - Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the , 300 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, Wa 98004-5813. Tickets are $169 and people can register here and at the door.
The Friday vendor fair, which is free to attend, is from 3 to 9 p.m. at the .