Parenting expo covers what is not innate

Barbara Harvey (left), founder of Parents, Teachers and Advocates, works with Mom discussing a parenting plan for her son.
Barbara Harvey (left), founder of Parents, Teachers and Advocates, works with Mom discussing a parenting plan for her son.

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Q: I’d like to know about the organization (Parents, Teachers and Advocates) that is hosting an expo on best parenting practices and what will be covered.

A: The Buckhead-based parent development group has been in business since 2007, serving Atlanta Public Schools and other organizations, including 10,000 parents.

Who doesn’t need a little help now and then? Ask any coach what their purpose is. Ultimately you’ll be told that it’s the medium to unlock one’s potential.

Barbara Harvey has spent a lifetime working with children from birth to college: child development and what it looks like at different ages. She noted she was named the baby whisperer when she was 16.

For many, child-rearing is not innate. Harvey helps parents to “become introspective and more authentic,” according to the founder of Parents, Teachers and Advocates.

“I think that parenting begins with really knowing yourself really well. What you think,” she said. “What you believe and why you believe it.

“Once they (parents) recognize who they are then they can recognize when their children are pushing buttons,” the founder said. “What does my child really need from me? Why?” She adds that parenting for young kids shifts to one of an “influencer” with teens.

Harvey’s organization is sponsoring the “Best Parenting Practices Expo 2021” on Zoom on April 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nine local and national parenting experts will be speaking.

Twelve topics will be covered: three sessions with five different offerings. Every presenter has created a short podcast about their session and can be found on the ‘Best Parenting Practices 2021’ on their site.

The organization wishes to “Make parenting the #1 job parents love”, according to a statement.

Topics include refocusing your life, what is in your wellness toolbox, the sandwich generation, ADHD, and parenting with love and grace.

Early bird special of $34.99 runs through March 24. After the special runs, the cost will be $49.99. For more information, visit

For reservations, go to or call 770-256-3281.

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