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Challenge of Children is a free, one day conference for parents and caregivers held each year in May. The conference is dedicated to informing, educating, motivating, and offering support and networking on child development, child guidance, and other issues related to parenting.

The very first Challenge of Children Conference was held in 1982. The conference continues to draw over a thousand parents and caregivers annually from West Michigan and throughout the state. May 19, 2016 is the 34rd anniversary of the Challenge of Children Conference. What is more important is that over 30,000 parents and caregivers have bettered themselves for the children whose lives they touch.

Living With Pizazz

By Dr. Mary Bigler

About Dr. Mary Bigler

Dr. Mary Bigler is one of the most humorous, enthusiastic and inspirational education speakers in North America. She keynotes at conferences, programs and in-service meetings throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Her dynamic style and thought-provoking message guarantee a fast-paced, informative and entertaining presentation. Mary has been teaching, speaking, entertaining and inspiring for more than forty years. From pre-school teacher to college professor, in classrooms and lecture halls around the world, Mary has spent her life promoting literacy, advocating for children and celebrating the joys of teaching. She is an award-winning professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses. She is a past president of the Michigan Reading Association and appears in Who's Who of American Women. She has served as an advisor to governmental and educational institutions and to business and industry. Mary has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.