December 4th: Discussing ways to embrace differences with our kids

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Becky Rak was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She studied at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and graduated with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education.

Becky married John Rak in 2004.  They have lived in Illinois, Wisconsin and currently have called Batesville home for the last 3 years. God blessed them with two beautiful children, Lilliana 6 years old and Lincoln 3 years old.

Currently Becky has learned to embrace her job as a stay at home mom.  She cherishes this time she has been given to spend with her children, but looks forward to a season in life in which she will return to the classroom. Becky is fiercely passionate about teaching special needs children. She also feels it is important to education the “others” (non-identified special needs people) in our society about how to understand, accept, and treat people who have special needs, handicaps, disabilities, differences, etc.

We hope that you’ll join us on December 4th as we discuss ways to embrace differences with our children. Becky will be discussing ways to begin and guide the conversation of understanding and accepting people with special needs with our children. Becky will also be sharing examples of literature and movies that can be helpful in discussing these differences with our children.

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November 20th: Honoring Christ in your traditions

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Kristen Chakranarayan has been married to her college sweetheart, David, for 11 years and is the mama of five beautiful, spirited daughters—Ava, Maya, Jada, Kate, and Camdyn. The Chaks live in St.Leon, Indiana, where David pastors Cross Point Church.

After graduating from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biblical Studies, she taught preschool for five years and then became a full-time, stay-at-home mom.

Kristen is passionate about encouraging women to embrace their God-given uniqueness– personality, giftedness, experiences, their “story”– and to capitalize on their strengths in order to maximize the impact of their lives, for their families and the “circle” that God has placed around them.

Besides homeschooling her girls and doing exorbitant amounts of laundry, Kristen enjoys “treasure hunting” at yard sales and thrift stores, writing, and soul-stirring conversation with friends. If she had a million dollars, she would hire a private chef and never cook again. Ever.
Ever made it through the hustle and bustle of the holidays, only to look back and wonder if your family completely missed the Reason for the Season? Have you struggled, trying to strike a balance between granting everything on your child’s wish list and trying to teach them that it’s more blessed to give than to receive?  With some intentional planning and willingness to trade the “good” for the “best”, it’s possible to enjoy a rich, guilt-free holiday season that your family will cherish for years to come! Join us for a time of reflection and sharing ideas to help one another create lasting, meaningful traditions that reflect a Christ-centered heritage–not just at Christmas time, but for holidays and celebrations year round!

November 12th 6 pm: Teaching Kids how to deal with their emotions!

IMG_0020Sabrina Andonegui was born in Mexico City and lived in Mexico until moving to Batesville three years ago. She earned a degree in psychology from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City. Sabrina worked in human resources in charge of recruitment, selection and employee development for eight years.

She then spent two years working with toddlers in early childhood development, helping them to enhance their intellectual, social and motor skills. Since moving to Batesville she has stayed at home with her two children, helping them adjust to life in the United States, and developing her fluency in the English language.

She also volunteers as a coach for Girls on the Run and is on the board of directors for Kids Discovery Factory, an emerging children’s museum. Sabrina joined our M2M group a little over 3 years ago when we first started. She has been more than a blessing to our group. Always a positive influence and encourager amongst our group of Moms, she has truly set a great example!

As I sat down with Sabrina a couple of months ago to discuss this topic, I learned her personal story of how she dealt with exploring her own emotions as a child and how it has shaped her to be the woman she is today. Her personal experience birthed a passion to explore and learn more about human emotion and that is why she chose to study this field in her college days.

All of us have emotions, God created us that way! Sabrina wants to share with us how to help our kids identify these incredible emotions and how to use them in a healthy way in their lives. She has gathered so many useful and practical tools to share with us!

This is a special evening event from 6:00 – 8:00 on Thursday, November 12th.  We will be providing a soup and salad dinner during the event, so come relax and enjoy!  There will not be childcare provided for this event.