The Parent Services Center will hold its annual parenting conference from 9am until 3:30pm, Saturday, Jan. 22 in the Ornelas Activity Center on the UT-Tyler campus at 3402 Old Omen Road.
The subject matter is titled “The Bully, the Bullies and the Bystander” to be presented by nationally renowned expert Barbara Coloroso.  East Texas parents, teachers, childcare providers and mental health professionals will attend to share in Coloroso’s knowledge.
The objective of the meeting will be teaching children how to stand up for themselves without violating the rights and needs of their peers, how to nonviolently handle tense situations with integrity, and to develop a personal moral code that guides them along the straight and narrow without being adversely affected by external circumstances.  Coloroso has impressive credentials.
She authored the bestsellers Kids Are Worth It! Parenting through Crisis, The Bully, the Bullies and the Bystander and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make it Right.  She is known internationally not only for her writing, but as a speaker and consultant on the issues of parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.  The has been covered by the New York Times, Time, US News & World Report, Newsweek and other prestigious publications in America and abroad.  She has spoken on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR.
Merely stopping bullies is not enough to put a stop to violence in homes, schools and communities.  We must determine what moves children to become bullies and/or become identified as targets, and what role onlookers play when bullying occurs.  The worst case scenarios is w