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Talking to Your Tweens and Teens When They Question Their Beliefs

Posted on Aug 11 2015 under Conflict Resolution, Previous Programs


Janet Bonnin-1StephenKotev2As our children grow, they naturally push for more control over their own lives. Growing independence and natural curiosity may bring them to question why the family believes what we believe. They might even reach the point of changing or abandoning beliefs held dear. How do we, as parents, keep emotions in check and constructively engage our kids in a conversation about our beliefs? How might we turn a potential minefield into blessings in disguise?

Join Guest Host Stephen Kotev and returning guest, Janet Bonnin, owner of Fine-Tuned Families and founder of the Families of The Way Christian ministry, for a fascinating and courageous conversation on beliefs. We’ll look at how to respectfully and lovingly share what is in our minds and hearts while giving our children the space to seek answers to the questions they have.


Janet Bonnin is a trained and accredited Life Coach, life-long Christian, dedicated wife and mother of three great kids. Her Families of The Way ministry program provides parents opportunities to foster spiritual growth in their children, learn to parent more effectively, and strengthen family teamwork and unity.

Janet has been working with busy parents since 2000. Trained as a Life Coach at the Coaches Training Institute, and certified by the International Coach Federation, she has turned her passion for helping busy people into a career coaching moms and dads.

Combining training as a Life Coach with a degree as a Systems Process Engineer (B.S.I.E. Louisiana State University), Janet takes a practical approach to helping busy parents. By improving personal effectiveness, identifying goals and action plans, she motivates and encourages parents to easily take the steps needed to improve their lives—and to raise strong, self-sufficient children.

For Additional Information:  Janet Bonnin


Stephen Kotev is a Washington D.C. based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation and facilitation services, conflict coaching, training and somatic education to private and government clients. Helping people resolve problems and improve their performance is his passion and profession.

Stephen has dedicated his professional career to the practice and study of conflict resolution. His first exposure to conflict resolution began as a high school peer mediator over twenty years ago and his interest in the theory and practice of conflict resolution continues to this day. He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is certified in conflict coaching by Conflict Coaching Matters LLC.

Stephen is a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and has become a nationally recognized expert on how to maintain your performance under pressure. Since 2006, he has taught graduate and undergraduate students these somatic skills as an Adjunct Professor for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Stephen is one of only two individuals to have been employed by both of the nation’s two largest Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) membership organizations – the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has also worked for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and the District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency as an ADR Specialist.

Stephen has conducted trainings to international and national audiences in, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Germany, Northern Ireland and across the United States.


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