Carol Barnier is a fresh, fun and popular conference speaker unlike any you’ve heard before. Her objective is to have the wit of Erma Bombeck crossed with the depth of C.S. Lewis, but admits that most days, she only achieves a solid Lucy Ricardo with a bit of Bob the Tomato. She is a frequent guest commentator on Focus on the Family’s Weekend Magazine broadcast, where she’s spoken on a variety of humorous topics ranging from not being ready to be a Titus woman (It’s the name: Titus. Anything that rhymes with Phlebitis is automatically suspect.) to why angels need a new public relations manager. She has been a guest on many radio programs, contributor to many magazines, and is a speaker at conferences nationwide.
Thursday, 8:30 P.M. – 17 Years of Homeschooling and I Hardly Twitch at All Anymore Homeschooling is a unique experience. There are as many ways to home school as there are homeschooling families. Yet there are many things we share…like the standard questions strangers ask our kid when they learn we home school. So what are some of the best, most practical ways to walk through this unique journey? Come listen and laugh as Carol shares some of what she’s learned through the many ups and downs in her years as a homeschooling mom.
Friday, 9:30 A.M. – What are you THINKING? – Learning Styles and Beyond This talk is BIG on the beyond. So often learning style materials pour all their time and energy into finding the right label for your child’s learning style. (Yes, we now know he’s a right brained, global, sub-dominant, argyle wearing, rational wombat. But how do I teach him to spell?) And while there are many different tools for assessment, too often these same materials are light on just what you should do after the label. How do you teach history so it sticks? What if she can’t understand fractions? What if he loves language but hates to write? This workshop will be all about “What do we do now?” Come away with lots of ideas you can use Monday morning.
Friday, 3:00 P.M. – A Prodigal Speaks Out Do you have a child who is doubting his faith? Or perhaps a daughter who has rejected your beliefs completely? Are you convinced you’ve failed—and the state of this child’s heart is weighing heavily on you and your spouse? Come and listen to Carol share her own journey away from and back to her faith after 13 years as an atheist. She’ll share thoughts and views from inside the mind of a lost child. You’ll learn the best thing you can do for this child and for yourself. Come and find an understanding heart that hurts and rejoices along with your own.
Friday, 7:30 P.M. – Encouragement by Chocolate: Aren’t You Just Precious? And Other Veiled Insults (ticket required) This encouraging and laughter-filled talk examines the many identities we women choose for ourselves during our life’s journey as child, wife and mom. Some fun emerges as Carol examines some Southern expressions from a Northern perspective. Yet the talk includes a serious sentiment that there has been a critical loss of “preciousness” in our culture, how we value things, including each other. Many Christian women are suffering an identity crisis. They determine their value by how their husbands, or their children, or their friends, or their church family sees them. And in doing so, they experience a critical loss of preciousness. Carol encourages women to make sure that, while they wear many hats, their core identity is as a precious child of God.
Saturday, 1:00 P.M. – Don’t Miss the Gift in This Child Have you ever heard someone say “All children are gifts from God” only to roll your eyes and think, “Ha! They don’t know what goes on in my house!” If you don’t look for God’s gifts, you may be missing some of His best. Come laugh and be encouraged to see just what God had in mind when he designed your child. Learn how to see your child through God’s spectacles and how to stay focused on God’s vision of your child, not the world’s.
Saturday, 10:45 A.M. – Margins for Moms: Limits that Liberate Too often we just accept how busy our lives our supposed to be. But many of us are running through life in a frenzied fog. We have a nagging sense that it shouldn’t be this way but we don’t know how it should be. Even if we did, we often don’t know how to get from here to there. With a bit of laughter and an unabashed challenge of the status quo, learn to take control of the input and output of your family’s lives.