Welcome to that time of year when we begin doing or redoing a lot of things we haven’t done in recent months! That’s why this Spring we have designed a powerful set of family-seminars created specifically to help you grow stronger in those much needed areas of your family life.
Come join other adults and families for a set of interactive workshops where you can get practical advice and beneficial tools to help you and your family gain new strength! Led by a series of experts, each seminar will take place on Sunday evenings beginning March 31 at 6:00pm. Childcare will be provided for ages 0-4, and Creative Kids will be running for ages 5 thru 6th grade.
Mar 31 - Cyber Safety with District Commander Candice Reyes - Click for description
Apr 7 - Feeding your Family Frenzy! with Dr. Kelsey Kelso - Click for description
Apr 14 - Tips for Tough Talks with Brandi Carroll - Click for Description
Sunday, March 31 – Cyber Safety!
District Commander Candice Reyes, Killeen Police Dept
Detective Amanda Holtzclaw, Killeen Police Dept
Hey, here’s an idea: Let’s let our children drive on the Interstate even without a driver’s license! What, you don’t like that idea?? Yet we allow our kids to get on the Information Superhighway everyday unsupervised, unguided, and untaught – with dangers there just as life-threatening.
In fact, research says that the percentage of children age 3-18 who’ve gotten on the internet unsupervised has gone up from 19% to a whopping 86% in the past 20 years.
Enter: Cyber Safety – the safe and responsible use of information and communication technology. Not only is it about keeping your personal information safe and secure, but also about being responsible with that information, being respectful of other people online, and using good ‘netiquette’ (internet etiquette). Understanding cyber-safety is all the more important when working with or caring for children. Whether you are a parent, teacher, caregiver or friend, the responsibility is yours to make your children smarter and more responsible with the technology they have access to. Come learn ways to help keep your children safe as they navigate the cyber world and what you should be aware of as one who oversees their entry into it.
District Commander Candice Reyes has been with the Killeen Police Department Patrol Division since 1999. Upon her completion of the field training program, she was assigned to the PM watch, where she worked in the downtown area of Killeen. In 2007, she became a detective and was transferred to the Youth Service Section. As a detective, she investigated all cases involving juveniles; however she specialized in sex crimes involving children. In 2010, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where she supervised the Major Crime Section, which handled all murders, death investigations, sexual assaults, robberies, domestic violence, cold cases and sex offender cases. In 2017, she was promoted to the rank of District Commander and was assigned to the Patrol Division
Detective Amanda Holtzclaw has been at the Killeen Police Department Special Victims Unit since June 2009. Her main focus is child abuse and child sexual abuse. She recently worked on an intricate child pornography case with the Attorney General’s Office and has experience with teenagers and their use of the internet. She has two daughters ages 4 and 2, and a 4 month old son. Her family lives in Salado
Sunday, April 7 – Feeding your Family Frenzy!
Dr. Kelsey Kelso, Baylor Scott & White Health Center
“Convenience can be cheap, or it can be healthy, but it is almost never both.”
New York Times author KJ Dell'Antonia.
For families on-the-go, the reality is that our lightning-speed lifestyles are actually costing us in the long run as our health continues to get compromised. Truth is, if we want to have a healthy life and family, we have to do something about it – and can!
It’s not just about what we’re eating. It’s about what we’re doing in those moments with food and time, however great or small. Talking. Laughing. Praying. Being Together. All of it can produce benefits if we go about it the right way. Imagine being able to quickly answer the “what’s for supper” question?! Imagine no more last minute grocery runs?! Imagine less wasted stuff in your pantry and fridge?! Imagine fixing food your family likes (quickly)?! No, it’s not a dream. Hope and help are waiting on Aisle 2! Come and get it. Come and learn ways to feed your family’s hunger with healthy food, as well as feed their spirit with quality time.
Dr. Kelsey Kelso earned her medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX, and completed her OB/Gyn residency at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She is a staff member in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Kelso is a current member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is married, has three children, feeds her family, and enjoys their family time!
Sunday, April 14 – Tips for Tough Talks
Brandi Carroll, Counselor, Killeen ISD
The people who said “parenting isn’t easy” – they weren’t kidding?! And probably one of the most difficult things for all parents is having the “tough conversations” with their kids. You know the ones –sex, substances, body image, bullying, lifestyles, and more. Today, we live in a complex world that is filled with issues that are not only difficult for kids to process, but also difficult for parents to discuss. Many parents dread having these conversations with their kids, while others want to but don’t know how.
Reality check – if you don’t talk to your kids about these issues, someone else will. And you will have missed out on a crucial opportunity to give your children accurate information, personal values, and lifelong principles to guide them. Save yourself a lot of stress by getting ahead of the topics before they come up. And arm yourself with go-to advice for when those sensitive subjects do arise. By investing knowledge, compassion, and strong character into your kids, you can give them all the tools they need to navigate life successfully! Come learn ways to talk through life’s challenging subjects with your children in ways that will encourage, equip and strengthen both them and you.
Brandi Carroll graduated from the University of Oklahoma and completed her Masters work through the University of Central Oklahoma. A classroom veteran she taught high school science for many years and has since served as a school counselor for more than 20 years. Among other ventures, Brandi has helped initiate an adventure-based character education program centered on an acronym GRIP with the letters representing good attitude, respect and responsibility, integrity and perseverance. Currently working in Killeen ISD, she has been married for 27 years and has two children, a 4th grader, and a 9th grader.