Build­ing suc­cess­ful step­fam­i­lies fo­cus of con­fer­ence

Dayton Daily News - - WRIGHT-PATT TODAY - By Amy Rollins Sky­wrighter Staff

Mil­lions of peo­ple are in a step­fam­ily re­la­tion­ship, and the Chapel pro­gram at Wright-Pat­ter­son Air Force Base is spon­sor­ing a mini con­fer­ence to help up to 150 cou­ples achieve the most suc­cess­ful blended fam­i­lies they can. The con­fer­ence, sched­uled for March 29-30 at Vine­yard Church, 4051 In­dian Rip­ple Road, Beaver­creek, is open to the mil­i­tary com­mu­nity as well as blended fam­i­lies in the greater Day­ton area.

Au­thor, ther­a­pist and blended fam­ily ex­pert Ron Deal will lead ses­sions to em­power re­mar­ried cou­ples and step­fam­i­lies to learn, build and grow suc­cess­ful step­fam­ily re­la­tion­ships for har­mo­nious liv­ing.

Tick­ets are $15 per fam­ily and in­clude con­fer­ence ma­te­ri­als, child­care for chil­dren ages new­born to 10 years old, Fri­day night din­ner and Satur­day break­fast.

Ac­tive-duty, re­servist and Guard mil­i­tary mem­bers and Wright-Pat­ter­son AFB civil­ians will have pri­or­ity reg­is­tra­tion Feb. 11 to March 1. All oth­ers are en­cour­aged to sign up March 2-22. Reg­is­tra­tion is on­line at https://smart­step­fam­i­liesw­pafb.eventbrite.com.

Deal’s ses­sions range from “Be­com­ing Step­fam­ily Smart” and “How to Cook a Step­fam­ily” to “Mar­riage – Pri­or­ity One”, “At­tach­ment, Loss & Loy­alty” and “Pil­lars of Step­par­ent Suc­cess.”

“We want fam­i­lies to have the tools and re­sources, es­pe­cially with some be­ing mil­i­tary and not al­ways be­ing in this area, by hav­ing Ron Deal here to give them other re­sources they can use in the fu­ture,” said Cheri Cham­pagne, Catholic Par­ish co­or­di­na­tor.

“It will be very ben­e­fi­cial to our fam­i­lies.”

The base Chapel staff de­cided to spon­sor the con­fer­ence “be­cause we re­al­ize blended fam­i­lies are be­com­ing more com­mon in our so­ci­ety,” said Dj Shorter, Protes­tant par­ish co­or­di­na­tor. “The di­vorce rate is high, so we want to ad­dress that in the best way pos­si­ble and bring in a na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned ex­pert.

Vol­un­teers are wel­come to help fa­cil­i­tate the event by vis­it­ing vol­un­teer­signup. org/XCTH4 to sign up. Any­one who wishes to spon­sor a fam­ily may email djuna. [email protected]

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