Staying close a focus of annual event

Frontiers' Mother-Daughter Day helps to keep communication open

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Mother Daughter Day

  • Saturday, May 10, 2008, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The Steamboat Grand, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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— As the mother of a 10th-grade daughter and a fifth-grade daughter, Marci Mattox has an idea of what she can expect when the younger one makes the transition to middle school.

Mattox, a volunteer on the planning committee for the sixth annual Fifth Grade Mother-Daughter Day, said the event addresses motherly concerns such as how much control to maintain over your growing child, how to keep lines of communication open, and how to help your daughter avoid dangers such as drugs and alcohol.

"Especially moms who maybe haven't had a middle-schooler or a high-schooler yet, they're kind of nervous about them moving on to middle school," Mattox said.

"So I would say it's kind of a celebration of leaving elementary school and starting middle school, and a chance to ask questions of other women who maybe have gone through it before. I think they worry because it's kind of a time in life when kids can make bad choices," she said.

Saturday's Mother-Daughter Day will include speakers and workshops from across the community to calm some of those concerns. The event, sponsored by New Frontiers for Girls and Women and hosted by the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dianne Stoyko, who started Mother-Daughter Day when her daughter was headed to middle school, said the event provides children and their parents a chance to appreciate one another during Mother's Day weekend, and share experiences with other mother-daughter pairs.

"To begin communication needs to be done when they're younger, and I really feel it's a chance for mothers and daughters to really strengthen their communication before the girls hit middle school," Stoyko said.

This year's speakers include former Olympians Deb Armstrong and Caroline Lalive, as well as representatives from the city's Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department, Steamboat Mental Health, Steamboat Springs Middle School and Advocates Against Battering and Abuse.

Mothers will hear from a nutritionist, a school nurse, counselors and a mother of three for their portion of the day. Fifth-grade girls will have a chance to ask questions to a panel of current middle-schoolers.

"It's mostly to strengthen communication and to meet with other girls to know that they're in the same situation, and that if there are questions they have about middle school, now is the time to ask," Stoyko said.

Stoyko expects more than 75 girls and mothers to attend the event, which includes breakfast donated by local businesses and a mother-daughter photo opportunity.

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