As a professional counselor, previous school counselor and previous staff minister, Michelle is passionate about equipping parents to disciple their children through difficult conversations
Michelle is a sought after speaker by PTA's, private school Parent Teacher Fellowships and youth/children's parenting ministries tackling tough topics such as stress and anxiety, drugs, relationship difficulties and friendships, depression and suicide, self harm and family conflict. She also speaks to community groups about a human's inherent value and and Biblical communities regarding discovering elf worth found in an identity in Christ escaping the popularity, performance and appearance traps. You can learn more about her extensive counseling experience and training on the CCA website and her speaker page.
How would your child respond if someone shared with them he or she no longer wanted to live?
What do you say if your child looks in the mirror and says: "I'm fat."
Does your child know what they would do if a child of the same gender tried to kiss them?
What about how to respond when a team member who last year identified themselves as a boy becomes a girl?
In a world where the average child views pornography at age 8, this presentation brings to the culture an opportunity to inspire parents to begin introducing difficult and controversial topics before the media or peer discussions become his or her first source of information.
You want to be their compass for the challenging years ahead and that begins by starting a lifetime of conversations today.
Wired for Success
Adapted from her articles in ParentLife and on the MOPS blog "Hello Dearest," Michelle covers all the basics for establishing a continuing relationship with your children so you can empower them to successfully manage with wireless world in which we exist. The presentation includes introducing electronic devices to your children, establishing safety guidelines and parenting through regular observation and communication,
For parents of older students, this presentation addresses teaching your child social media etiquette and wise practices regarding electronic interactions.
Total Family Makeover:8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home
Adapted from the book Totally Family Makeover, her sister Melissa Spoelstra's latest release, Michelle addresses practical ways to share your faith and develop healthy routines involving spiritual disciplines such as prayer with your children.
Wired that Way for Parents
A Class Services Personality Trainer of decades, Michelle presents the four basic temperaments (popular, perfect, powerful and peaceful) and equips parents to understand themselves and their children so they can better lead and communicate embracing both each others strengths and weaknesses.
Hold On To Your Kids
An idea launched from the book, the often presented topic empowers parents to hold onto their connection with their children through adolescence when many teens insist on being A Tribe Apart.
Tempers, Tempers, Everywhere
As both a school counselor and director of a large counseling center that provides family counseling, Michelle is passionate about preventing the destruction that raging tempers bring to relationships and families. In this presentation, Michelle provides practical tools for community presentations and Biblical resources for church groups to restoring peace in the home and breaking patterns of generational anger. She expounds on the causes of anger, ways to talk about anger as a family, and practical steps to gaining self control and shifting family patterns of angry interactions.
Drug Proof Your Kids
Trained by Focus on the Family using their curriculum, Michelle presents on how to a strong parent connection and awareness of substance use and factors that contribute to this decision in adolescence. Michelle has presented this material to county wide community groups, PTA groups, and church parenting groups adding Biblical concepts and references.
The Intentional Summer Experiment
Direct from her blog and radio interviews, Michelle speaks to Mom's groups regarding how to use the summer the summer to teach their children life skills, character development and disciple their children.