ParentU Blog: Cynthia Pepper of The Tot OT

Cynthia Pepper of The Tot OT joined us on September 12th for a presentation on sensory and feeding development in young children. If your child struggles with picky-eating or you are interested in finding out ways to decode your child’s behavior in the heat of the moment – this presentation is for you!

Click HERE for the audio recording from Cynthia’s message.

Click HERE to check out Cynthia’s website.


Our next ParentU event will be on Thursday morning, October 10th at 8:15 am in the Ingram Theater. Assistant principal from Weston Christian Academy, Mr. Jerry Noonan, will be sharing on "Biblical Parenting in a Digital World." This timely message will be very helpful for families who desire to navigate technology in a health way. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Pumpkins Are Coming!

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It is a Downtown Fort Lauderdale tradition - Bethany Christian School holds an annual Pumpkin Patch that is unrivaled! Besides raising money for the annual 8th grade Washington D.C. trip, the Bethany pumpkin patch creates memories for everyone. If you are a parent of an 8th grade student, the hours you put in will go directly towards your child's trip.  Students in 5th-7th grades will have their hours "banked" until they reach 8th grade! 

The pumpkins are due to arrive on October 8th.  The Pumpkin Patch is open every day from October 9th-October 31st: Mon./Tue./Thu./Fri. 3:00pm - 7:00pm, Wednesday 3:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm.

We get our pumpkins from Northern New Mexico, off a farm on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  At no cost to us, the farmers plant over 1,200 acres of pumpkins, gourds and ornamental corn. The vegetables are harvested and then shipped to us.   

We only pay for the pumpkins we sell! 

Parents, Guardians and children of all ages will find this a unique opportunity to work together as a family to support our school.  Whether it's unloading a truck with 2,000 pumpkins, helping a customer buy their "perfect pumpkin", or baking a "broken pumpkin" pie for a Bake Sale, it's quality time for the entire family. The Pumpkin Patch is a family affair!  You'll be creating memories for a lifetime!  

ParentU Kicks Off w/Speaker Dr. Bob Barnes


Thank you to everyone who attended our ParentU kick off last night with guest speaker, Dr. Bob Barnes! We had a fun night learning about raising responsible children, as well as being encouraged in our role as parents.

To recap, Dr. Barnes shared that our kids are growing up faster than we ever imagined. Before we know it, high school will be behind them. Will our children be ready for the complex choices and responsibilities that await them as adults? Dr. Barnes believes the time to prepare children for successful public, personal, and private lives is now, while they are at home. How? By giving them a "learner’s permit": opportunities to develop the skills, experiences, and character that will help them become good decision makers, good marriage-partners, good communicators, employees, and money-managers -- and godly individuals whose Christian faith runs deep. Dr. Barnes encouraged us beyond fearful and passive parenting styles to become a "training parent." With practical questions and exercises, Dr. Barnes shared how to give your children one of our greatest gifts as a parent: the means to succeed in life. If you are interested in learning more, you may purchase Dr. Barnes’s parenting books on Amazon HERE.

If you were unable to attend the event last night, you can listen to Dr. Barnes’s complete presentation by clicking the link below.


Our next ParentU event will be on Thursday morning, September 12 from 8:15-9:15 am in the Ingram Theatre. Our speaker will be Cynthia Pepper of The Tot OT. She will be sharing a message titled “Melted Cheese and Meltdowns: Sensory and Feeding Development in Young Children.” This event will be targeted for parents of kids ages 0-5 years. We hope to see you there as we seek to parent well in today’s world!