Uniquely Yours- Everyone has a story worth sharing. Your story is comprised of experiences which have shaped you into the person you are today. Our children are created with a unique purpose and placed in our care so that we can love them, help them learn to love others and teach them how to thrive in the world. Much to our dismay, they do not come with a guidebook. This is your community to connect and collaborate on the most important topic that we face today.
Are you someone that wants to collaborate on the most important topic we are facing today? Parenting. This Community is for you. Here we will collaborate on how we can work together to all become successful on such an important topic. Here we belive that we all have a story, we all have our parenting struggles, we all have a voice, and we can all help each other.
Your Stories- Your Children
Everyone has a story worth sharing. Your story is comprised of experiences which have shaped you into the person you are today. Our children are created with a unique purpose and placed in our care so that we can love them, help them learn to love others and teach them how to thrive in the world. Much to our dismay, they do not come with a guidebook. Although there are many parenting books out there, we learn the most from the experiences of others who have gone before us that are willing to share their authentic stories of parenthood. Ultimately, your child's own life experiences will mold and shape them into who they were created to be. Often, it is at our most difficult and painful parts of life that we discover our purpose. Teens can utilize their own community here in Convene, Uniquely U, for help in making sense of their own experiences, and to realize that they aren't alone.
The Unique Challenge of Parenting a Teen
Our job is not to fix our child when they feel broken. It is to love them as best we can, learn to listen, honor their feelings and to help them develop resiliency when life's challenges come their way. We cannot expect our children to grow in areas they are struggling unless we are willing to grow ourselves. Here at Uniquely Yours, we have created a space for you to share, learn and grow as a parent. We are all experts of our own story and your story adds value here when it can reach someone going through a similar circumstance. There are helpful tools that true parenting experts will provide here as well such as podcasts, webinars and training modules to help you become the best parent you can be.
Meet the Uniquely Yours and Uniquely U Community Leaders
Matthew Currin is the Creator and Founder of Convene Communities. His message to you is that "You have just joined one of the most important communities that we have on Convene Communities and I want to thank you for being here."
Matt is a medically retired U.S. Marine Corp veteran. He spent 14 years in the Marine Corps as a pilot. He led some of the initial missions in Afghanistan in 2001/2. He also planned and help execute the airfield seizure of Kandahar International Airport in 2001.
Matt's life forever changed in 2001 as he lost one of his closest friends in a preventable helicopter accident. On July 9th, 2001, one of Matt's closest friends, Sgt. Clark Beaty lost his life from a 10-second, avoidable, mistake. The information that could have saved him was never shared. I knew there had to be a better way. I wanted to ensure necessary information could be shared to keep people alive.
Today, Matt still operates as a pilot. He's also a dad, husband, entrepreneur, and has a Master's Degree in Counseling. Matt is always here to walk beside you, along with the other community leaders who are passionate parent and child advocates.
Kate Gallihugh is pediatric physician assistant, Independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach, wife and mother of two adolescent boys. She has a passion for helping to create healthier families by providing parents and young people with tools and support to gain control over their emotions, mindset and lifestyle. Kate has found in her medical career, that she has made the greatest impact in the lives of others by sharing vulnerable aspects of her own life with them. Offering advice is helpful, but not always well-received unless someone feels that you truly understand what life is like in their shoes. Once Kate had children of her own, she could better empathize with parents in her practice and enjoyed learning from those who were a step ahead in their journey of parenthood. This is why Kate is so excited to be a contributor AND a learner here at Uniquely Yours! Together we are a community of experts- parents who have walked the walk!
Within Convene Communities, Kate is the leader of the Wellness Community, Uniquely U (for teens) and Uniquely Yours. She believes that the most important work we will ever do will be within the walls of our own home, and in order to truly help our children thrive, we must be willing to make changes ourselves. Kids have a lot of demands placed on them these days, and it is helps when they know mom and dad are walking alongside them and making positive changes together. You will find it easier to move forward in your own journey by learning from and honoring your past mistakes, failures and traumatic experiences and not letting them define you. Sharing bits and pieces of your story publicly or anonymously for the good of others is a great first step!
After years of putting her own health on the back burner, Kate reclaimed her health in 2018 with the help of a coach and authentic community of those on the journey with her. Within the community, she experienced the healing power of sharing real stories, celebrating victories and encouraging one another. Uniquely U and Uniquely Yours have been created to offer everyone seeking a safe and uplifting community the opportunity to have a voice, share their stories and build connections with others who understand the unique challenges of parenthood and adolescence in today's world.
Jeff Bateson is a life-long educator, working as a head collegiate soccer coach for 20 years, a youth soccer coach and director of coaching, and most recently a middle and high school teacher. His wife is a pediatric physical therapist and he is the proud father of two young ladies. He holds a degree in Elementary Education from Alma College as well as a Master's degree in Athletic Administration. Jeff has also been at Matthew's side helping grow Convene Communities since 2015. He is a part of Convene's Core team as the Director of Operations, as well as a Community Leader for the Soccer, Coaching, Teachers and Adventure communities.
Having grown up in a family full of teachers and educators, Jeff has always had a desire to help others become the best versions of themselves. He used this inclination while coaching, making sure that his players not only become better players but also become better people in the long run. Jeff still has those same desires for his students today while teaching and coaching his high-schoolers.
Jeff wants to use this community to continue to helps others by connecting people in need to those who can help. He also sees this community as a great way for himself to learn from others. Learning from experts in the field will only allow Jeff to guide his students in a more positive way through life, his ultimate goal in teaching and coaching.
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