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Senator Gabbard Hosts Nationally-Recognized Parenting Expert in Kapolei
November 6th and 8th, 2007

Senator Mike Gabbard’s non-profit, Stand Up For America, hosted best-selling author and nationally syndicated columnist John Rosemond on November 6th at Hope Chapel Kapolei in Kalaeloa. Trained as a family psychologist and based out of Gastonia, North Carolina, Rosemond has helped countless numbers of mothers and fathers worldwide raise respectful, responsible and resourceful children. You might have seen his column which appears in Tuesday’s edition of the Honolulu Advertiser each week and teaches traditional parenting. Rosemond newest book, “Parenting by The Book” has been on the bookstore shelves for only two months and is already in its third printing.

Senator Mike Gabbard and his wife Carol presenting nationally-recognized parenting expert John Rosemond and wife Willie with an honorary certificate from the State Senate at Ko’olau Golf Course in Kaneohe on November 8th.
John Rosemond offers expert parenting advice to families at Hope Chapel – Kapolei in Kalaeloa on November 6th.

Gabbard said, “It was a great opportunity for everyone who got to hear John speak in person. Our plan is to keep in touch with those who attended the local events in the coming months through my new organization, Aloha Parenting Project (APP). The idea is for APP to serve as a clearinghouse for parents who are interested in learning about and improving parenting skills and techniques. As lifelong educators, counselors, parents and grandparents, Carol and I are concerned about how our culture is losing its focus on the importance of child rearing. “

During his stay in Hawaii, in addition to his talk in Kalaeloa, Rosemond also spoke to hotel workers at Outrigger Hotel, a group of teachers, and a packed house at Ko’olau Golf Course on November 8th. The topics of the workshops were “Assuming the Power of Parenthood”, “Working with Parents of Problem Students”, and “Parenting the Strong-Willed Child”. Over 1000 people attended the various workshops.

At the closing of Rosemond’s last talk at Ko’olau Golf Course, Gabbard presented him with an honorary certificate from the State Senate and had this to say, “John’s simple, practical and no-nonsense style to childrearing has helped parents raise children who know they aren’t the center of the universe, and therefore don’t become menaces to society. The Hawaii State Senate hereby honors and commends John Rosemond for reaching out through his writings and seminars and reminding us that Grandma’s approach was best after all.”

The workshops were sponsored through generous donations by the Carpenters & Joiners Union (Local 745), D.R. Horton – Schuler, Family Ministries Center, First Presbyterian Church, Hawaii Iron Workers Union, Hope Chapel Kaneohe, Hope Chapel Kapolei, Kapolei Property Development LLC, Lighthouse Outreach Center AOG, Outrigger Hotels, and The Pacific Resource Partnership.

If you would like more information on the Aloha Parenting Project, please call 682-0676.

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