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‘The Grateful Dad’ seminar is Friday in Singletree

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VAIL, Colorado ” Emu Consulting and Eagle County Mothers of Multiples will host a free seminar on the importance of fatherhood called The Grateful Dad. The seminar is today at the Singletree Community Center in Edwards from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This adult-only address is led by Doug Gertner, who brings a laidback rock ‘n’ roll wisdom to the topic of dads in today’s society. Filled with facts and fun, the interactive address brings a message that fathers matter, through a lighthearted look at the history and importance of fatherhood in America.

“It’s complete with music, costumes and audience participation,” Gertner said. “I keep everyone laughing while they learn why we all need to keep fathers involved in the lives of their children.”

Gertner is an educator, consultant, author and activist who has consulted for countless foundations, Head Start programs and charities. His latest workshop, Boot Camp for New Dads, just won national recognition in the parenting arena. He is best known in the Vail Valley for his work with Vail Resorts and the Vail Chamber to facilitate the annual Turn It Up! Vail Valley program, assisting area merchants to offer improved customer service.

“After I saw Doug present Turn It Up last year, I just had to bring him back to talk to our local twins club,” said Erin Osbourne, president of Eagle County Mothers of Multiples. “The message is so important, and he is such a dynamic speaker, we decided to open up the seminar to everyone in the valley and make it free. Folks can even enter a raffle to win a round of golf for four at Cordillera. It’s just going to be a fun night all around.”

The seminar is the first of many in the next few months to draw attention to the Colorado Parents of Multiples 35th annual state convention held in May at the Vail Cascade and hosted by the local multiples club, Eagle County Mothers of Multiples. The convention will bring Colorado parents of twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets together for a weekend of speakers and workshops on how to handle life with multiples.

“My fatherwork has taken me far and wide, and I’ve had many satisfying opportunities to share my thoughts, skills and concepts about parenting with passion, joy and gratitude,” Gertner said. “Involved fatherhood is my personal mission and professional passion.”

For more information about The Grateful Dad seminar or Eagle County Mothers of Multiples, contact Jana Morgan at vailtwins@comcast.net or 331-5262.

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