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EARLY YEARS: "Family Talks" offer expert advice to parents' questions

Publisher Josh Eagan says gatherings will cover some topics that aren't always easy for parents to discuss with their kids
Publisher Josh Eagan says gatherings will cover some topics that aren't always easy for parents to discuss with their kids(WDBJ)
Published: Jul. 16, 2019 at 9:04 AM EDT
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Sometimes just reading an article isn't enough.

Parents want their questions answered in person.

"We want to try to give them an opportunity to do it in an environment that's not just going to be them Googling for answers or looking for answers," says Josh Eagan, publisher of Roanoke Valley Family Magazine.

That led Roanoke Valley Magazine to offer a series of free community meetings called Family Talks to educate them about different topics.

Eagan says they're working with various non-profits and businesses to find local professionals to speak about important issues during these monthly gatherings at the CoLab in Roanoke.

"Whether it be childhood safety, sportsmanship, Help Save the Next Girl, we hope to work with here in the future, how to be safe at school, internet safety, things that maybe parents don't know where to find answers to," says Eagan.

The topics are typically also covered in the magazine, and are often issues that aren't always easy for parents to talk about with their kids.

"As the hot topics arise, whether it's Tide pods, or drug use, anything like that that could come up, we can create a speaking engagement where parents have the answers and don't have to just rely on Facebook or the internet to figure out what those answers are."

The next Family Talks meeting is happening Tuesday, July 23 at the CoLab Roanoke on Grandin Road, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Free childcare and snacks are provided, along with door prizes.

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