Parenting experts return to Zionsville Presbyterian Church for conference

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Sissy Goff and David Thomas speak at Zionsville Presbyterian Church in 2016. (File photo)

By Renee Larr

Zionsville Presbyterian Church will once again welcome two parenting experts who are both authors and counselors in Tennessee. Sissy Goff and David Thomas will present “Parenting: Modern Parents, Vintage Values” March 11 at the church.

ZPC member Lynn Strueh, a mom of three, organized the speakers’ first visit to the church last year and also arranged the 2017 event.

“I saw Sissy and David speak two years ago at a conference. I was just really impressed with them. They gave very practical, knowledgeable advice, so we had them at our church last year,” Strueh said. “I’m really just a lay person at the church who just loves planning events and loves getting the community involved.”

The main session will discuss how parents can raise polite children in the digital age.

“It helps with everything changing with technology,” Strueh said. “So it’s kind of facing the harder issues of how we keep our kids respectful and in tune with people when they’re so focused on technology and their cell phones. It’s hard to navigate technology while staying focused on those good, old values of being respectful. We’ll also talk about safeguarding our kids.”

There will be a meal after the main sessions, followed by two breakout sessions.

“The back door to your teen’s heart focuses on how you get your teen to open up,” Strueh said. “Emotions and young kids will talk about developmental stages children go through.”

Guests are encouraged to register in advance. Early bird registration is $40 per couple, $20 per person through Feb. 12. Beginning Feb. 13, registration is $50 per couple and $30 per person until the day of the event. Childcare will be available for a fee. The conference begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. To register, visit,