21st Century Parenting Strategies
Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM


Join local experts, Dr. Frank Gearing and Kathryn Litten for an honest discussion on today’s parenting challenges and how we can support our children as they grow up in a media-rich world. Whether you have a child in elementary school or an older tween/teen, this workshop will provide open dialogue on best practices for communication and healthy development. 

Some discussion points include: 

1. How to listen to and talk with your children. (General ideas of how to facilitate communication, build trust, etc.)

2. Recognizing the signs of a child under stress. (vulnerable child, family history, parents’ stress)

3. Family communication and building relationships (Ideas for healthy family living, family rules, screen time, TV, etc.)

4. Advocacy/action (parent support groups, PTA, parent/teacher communication)

This is a FREE event.
Childcare may be provided. When registering, please indicate if you have interest in this service.



Dr. Frank Gearing is a long-time local resident and recently retired, beloved pediatrician.
He received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from UVA and later attended VCU/MCV Medical School, graduating in 1975. He completed his pediatric residency at VCU/MCV from 1975 - 1978 and then served in the U.S. Army from 1978 - 1980. Frank served in private pediatric practice in Wilson, N.C. from 1980 - 1987 and then at Harrisonburg Pediatrics and its Education and Counseling Center from 1987 - 2017. 



Kathryn Litten has been a Licensed School Psychologist with the Education & Counseling Center of Harrisonburg Pediatrics since 1997. Prior to joining HP, she worked as a School Psychologist for Rockbridge County Schools for five years. At Harrisonburg Pediatrics, she provides assessments for children with ADHD, LD, and autism spectrum disorders. She also assesses college students (through Harrisonburg Pediatrics and as a consultant to JMU Athletics) to help them secure accommodations due to learning and mental health disorders. 

Kathryn graduated from The College of William & Mary in 1983 with a degree in psychology. She completed her graduate work at JMU, receiving a Masters of Education degree in 1989 and an Educational Specialist degree in 1992.