OkayCon 2020

Welcome to the OkayCon 2020 Virtual Summit!

Recorded mid-lockdown during April 2020, these 10 presentations – encompassing the first live summit we’ve ever done here at We Turned Out Okay – are structured to help you get through the stuck-at-home madness (and the anxiety of figuring out the post-pandemic “new normal” aftermath.)

Our amazing guests bring you the best strategies and ideas on:

  • Improving your child’s behavior during and after lockdown
  • Getting your child to wear a mask when out in the world
  • Dealing with money and financial pressures
  • Developing coping skills (for both you, and your children)
  • Understanding home and family security
  • How to do homeschooling

– and lots more!

OkayCon 2020 Day 1:

Why your child’s behavior might be worse than usual right now, and what to do about it, with Janine Halloran LMHC!

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Today’s conversation is with Janine Halloran LMHC, and we discuss:
– Why your child’s behavior may be worse now than usual, during spring 2020 and the pandemic
– What you can do about that
– How Janine is thinking about schoolwork and all this extra time at home with kids and family

Thanks for watching. We will get through this together!

Cheers,
Karen

 

OkayCon 2020 Day 2:

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Dr. Heather Maguire, of prismbehavior.com , has a day job as a professor, teaching graduate students how to shape children’s behavior.

My day job is that of parent coach, teaching moms and dads how to, well, shape their children’s behavior.

Dr. Heather, like nearly all of us now, has started doing her work from home, while also homeschooling her kids; I homeschooled my kids for most of their lives (one is in college now, and the other, as a teen, requires less hands-on homeschooling.)

In this presentation we give you:
– The best ideas on how to shape your child’s behavior to what you want (and need) it to be
– Helpful ideas on teaching kiddos at home
– Ideas to help you keep it together during this whole crisis

Join us!

 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 3:

 

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Super excited to bring you my conversation with The Secure Dad, Andy Murphy, he is today’s OkayCon 2020 guest!

Andy shares:
– The mindset of home and family safety, both in real life and digitally
– Some simple ideas you can use to keep your family and home safe
– The importance of community at a time like this, and how we can be safer and more secure by reaching out to those around us

Andy has created a bunch of resources especially for us – find them at http://thesecuredad.com/okaycon!

We will get through this together!
Cheers –
Karen

 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 4:

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I am excited to bring you my conversation with the author of one of my favorite parenting books (it’s called Happy Campers) – Audrey Monke of sunshine-parenting.com is today’s OkayCon 2020 guest!

Audrey shares:
– How to stay positive, even while everyone is cooped up together
– Some great family-focused activities you can do to make your stuck at home time more enjoyable
– What lessons Audrey, her family, and counselors and campers (who attend the summer camp Audrey owns and runs) are learning from this time

Also! Audrey interviewed me as part of her Facebook live series on getting through the coronavirus crisis : )
Click here to watch our conversation!

We will get through this together!
Cheers –
Karen

 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 5:

 

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I am so excited to bring you this conversation with career counselor Kathleen Sullivan of LeeHechtHarrison.com!

Kathleen shares mindset, and great steps to take, for anyone who has been furloughed, laid off, or is searching for a job in this newly unstable and worrisome time of spring 2020.

I have gotten to know Kathleen as she has helped my husband Ben in his search for a new job (after he was laid off in January.)

I’ve seen Ben go through many stages of job-hunting, from uncertain how to proceed, to gainfully employed – he starts his new gig this week! – and Kathleen was instrumental in that process.

Kathleen shares:

– The mindset that will get you started off right in searching for a new job
– Great ideas for using LinkedIn in your job search
– How to talk with your child about a layoff

Join us!

Thanks for watching. We will get through this together!
Cheers,
Karen

 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 6:

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In today’s presentation Devorah Heitner, a kids-and-media specialist, author of the book Screenwise, and creator of the wonderful website raisingdigitalnatives.com, helps us understand who to trust when it comes to sifting through the news of the day.

In the midst of the pandemic this is a surprisingly difficult thing to get right!
I found our conversation so helpful, and I know you will too.

(FYI Some adult themes come up during our conversation, so grab some headphones or make sure to listen away from sensitive ears.)

We also discuss:
– How to help your child through long-term, huge challenges, such as the social distancing (which doesn’t look to end anytime soon)
– What kids can be doing, that will be fun and enriching, during the pandemic
– How to stay positive when it seems like everything has just gone so sideways

Join us!
Cheers,
Karen 

 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 7:

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I am so excited to bring you this conversation today, which will be so helpful as these weeks of confinement and social distancing spool out…
Today I get to share my conversation with Terry Louison. Terry is an educator, a self-directed learner, and the program director for Baystate Learning Center (morethanjustaschool.com) – the school my son goes to!

During our conversation you will learn:
– What’s most important for kids to be learning right now, during the pandemic
– Why that learning doesn’t have to be stressful, for you or your child
– Concrete ideas taken from Terry’s own curriculum and plans for virtual teaching

Join us!

We will get through this together!
Cheers,
Karen 

 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 8:

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I am so excited to bring you this conversation, with returning champion, mom, and money expert Raeshal Solomon of mylittlebanker.com!

Raeshal knows so much about money and getting out of debt – firsthand; in our first WTOO conversation, in episode 215, she shares how she successfully got herself out of debt.

In our conversation Raeshal shares:
– 6 steps you can take to get your finances under control, during and after the pandemic
– How (and why) to “take the emotion out of money”
– What you actually should do with your stimulus check

This is a wonderful and extremely helpful conversation.

We will get through this together!
Cheers,
Karen 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 9:

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Working closely with parents of young children during this pandemic, I’ve seen so many examples of bad behavior:

– Kids smearing peanut butter on walls, dumping vinegar in beds, destroying furniture
– Kids pulling pets’ tales, chasing them with scooters, threatening the pets, and their own safety (when the animals retaliate)
– Kids getting overly clingy, going back and forth in terms of emotions between overexcited and happy, to abjectly despairing and melting down
– Kids reverting from potty training, showing immature behaviors that hadn’t been seen for weeks or months or years
– Kids unable to control their rage and angry feelings

And it’s not only kids reacting to the situation with heightened emotions. We are doing it too!

The questions I hear from the people I work most closely with: “I feel so lost. How do I live through this? What do I DO?”

This presentation comes directly from the solutions these parents have found. I am excited to bring them to you!

Cheers!
We will get through this together!

 

OkayCon 2020 Free Virtual Summit Day 10:

I am so excited to bring you this last installment of OkayCon 2020 with beloved WTOO guest, special needs preschool teacher Tricia Tomaso!

Tricia helps us:
– Work out a routine to make our days a little easier right now
– Help our kids through what they’re struggling with
– Keep going, even when we feel like we kinda can’t

I hope you find our conversation as helpful as I did!
(Unfortunately the zoom settings were quite right. Unlike all the other OkayCon 2020 presentations, this one is audio only… But still SO useful. Sorry! For the first five years I used Twitter, my username was StoneAgeTechie… Just sayin : )

What’s next?

While we wrap up OkayCon 2020, I want to keep up the good feelings and the connections with you!

So we are starting the WTOO Book Club, going chapter by chapter each week through my parenting books!

Come and learn along with us, share some stories, and just be together once a week – more information just below.

Cheers and thanks for watching!
Karen

 

WTOO Book Club

Right now in the WTOO Book Club we’re reading Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics! (You can read about this book just below.)

If you want to share some stories, learn some, and hang out with other parents of young children, you should join – I hope to see you there!

The WTOO Book Club meets each Wednesday at 9 PM EST – click the button to come to our meetings each Wednesday:

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