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Thursday, February 6 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm

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High school students across the country are reporting, not knowing their siblings. They are describing a void feeling in themselves, indicating lack of attachment to parents. It appears to be connected to chronic stress from both parents working, kids stress in schools from dramas and lack friendships, social anxiety, and spending excess time on devices gaming. University of Iowa research team reported over 90% of 2-year-olds on screens last year. Will these kids go through the terrible 2's or pay the price when they experience adolescence? This session will present strategies for schools, communities and parents to address these concerns.

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Jerry Sparby

In 2003, as a school principal, Jerry experienced a school shooting that changed the focus of his life. He started ​Building a World of Love Center with doctors from Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas and Washington DC. He is a Parent Coach, Therapist and Counselor in his practice in... Read More →

Thursday February 6, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm CST
Atrium 6