Parent Workshop and Lecture Topics
If battling your child at bedtime has you blue, we'll put you in the pink. We'll discuss children who don't want to stay in bed, who get out of the bed during the night, and who express fear in conjunction with bedtime. We have an extremely high success rate in getting kids to sleep (at a reasonable hour, and through the night!) from 8 months old on so you won't want to miss this one!
Early on, children discover a tone of voice that raises the hairs on the back of the best parents' necks. Yet despite reminding, cajoling, ignoring, and even disciplining, the habit of whining seems to persist. This workshop will examine why children whine, how it actually serves their needs and gets them what they want, and how parents can break children of this annoying habit. No theory here, just practical skills that all parents need.
Do you blush at the thought of teaching your child about sexuality? Do you believe that you have time to wait until their older? Are you prepared to answer your children when they ask tough questions? What about if they don't ask??? It has been proven that parents are the most effective teachers for children to learn about intimacy, love and sexuality.
Many parents express intense concern over the way their children treat and are treated by friends. From "my child's so bossy, I'm worried that she'll never have any friends," to "my child doesnt stand up for himself, he always does what his friends want," and including "my child came home crying because his friends wouldn't let him join the soccer game," children's social lives, the form that they take, and the way in which they develop often worry parents.
What’s a parent to do when their 10-to-14 year old gets an attitude, rolls their eyes, and slams doors? The middle school years can be a minefield for kids and parents. This workshop provides specific strategies for parents of 5th to 8th graders to set limits and talk to their kids about peer pressure, raging hormones, mood swings, body image, computer “addiction,” sibling rivalry, and other prickly issues.
Respectful communication is the key to successful relationships.? Yet many times respect is lost when conflict arises, or when others make decisions with which we don't agree.? And when respect is not maintained, relationships deteriorate.? In this broad-based workshop participants will learn the value of respect and the skills involved in maintaining a respectful attitude even in the face of anger or belligerance.?
In order for children to get the most out of their school experience, it's best if parents and teachers work closely together as a team. Often, however, communication is difficult and parents are puzzled by what they deem a "negative attitude" on the part of the teacher.
Why is it that children seem to be talking back at younger and younger ages? Do you find yourself thinking: “MY Mother / Father would NEVER have let me get away with this kind of talk”, and yet you aren’t quite sure how to handle it yourself? This workshop takes a comprehensive look at both the cause AND the cure for talking back. Practical ways to set your child up to use respectful words and behavior will be examined. We’ll also disc
It is increasing critical that parents initiate and maintain ongoing dialogues with their children about safety issues. But most parents feel concerned that they will unduly frighten their child in the process. How much is too much? How much is too little? This practical workshop will discuss strategies and techniques that help parents talk to their children without frightening them, and at the same time will empower children with important information.
In the past, parents could rely on their children learning good values through role modeling alone. Children and parents lived in close, tight-knit communities where the values they saw were reflected in the everyday lives of the people around them. In today's society, however, with communities and family more widely dispersed, children are exposed to alternate values through peers, television and other forms of media. How do we keep kids on the right track?
The process of helping a child learn to use the toilet can be a rewarding experience that enriches the parent-child relationship. Armed with a few basic facts and simple step-by-step instructions, parents learn to lovingly guide their children through this natural process.
Single parents sometimes feel overwhelmed by the intensity of their own as well as their children's feelings. At times they may feel guilt about their single parent status, or insecure about whether they're doing a good job. With these feelings near the surface, it's sometimes painful for parents to see that their children also have feelings of insecurity, anger, guilt or sadness.
When parents are asked to list what qualities they would most like to see in their children, honesty ranks high on the list. Yet every child at some point will experiment with lying, cheating or stealing. These forays into dishonesty need not cause parents to despair -- they can actually be an opportunity for parents to help their children internalize good values, and to further develop the parent-child relationship.
It's difficult for parents to see their children feeling hurt, angry, upset, sad. Learn why it's important that our children be allowed to feel their feelings, and how to resist "fixing it". These tools help parents be supportive and understanding, so hurt, angry, upset, sad feelings diminish more quickly for the child. Children end up feeling understood and become more resourceful problem solvers. The parent-child relationship is enriched in the process.
Most parents want to hear how things are going at school, what their children's friends are up to, how they like their teachers at school, but what happens when your child clams up? Or seems angry with you and won't communicate? Or is talking nonsense? Children sometimes answer questions about "how was your day" with a monosyllabic "fine" and parents are left wondering what there is to listen to!
"Teenagers! Dey tink dey know everyting!" proclaims Sebastian, the "guardian" crab of 'Ariel', the Little Mermaid in Disney's film of the same title. "And isn't that the truth!" most parents of a teenager respond with despair. .For many parents and their teens, adolescence is a period of upheaval and conflict. A child who was once cooperative and communicative suddenly becomes opinionated, withdrawn, and rebellious.
Are you embarrassed when your child throws a terrible tantrum in public? Do you find yourself placating or giving in to your child because you're worried that he'll pitch a fit in a store? Do you feel helpless, frustrated and even angry when tantrums occur? Has your child ever thrown a tantrum that made you want to have one too? Well, tantrum no more! This workshop focuses on tantrums and the most effective methods of diminishing their frequency.
When you added one more to your family, you probably never expected you'd be adding quadruple the challenges. If the dynamics between your children are starting to make you think about moving to a different country (alone), come to this seminar before you move out. We'll talk about issues directly related to parents who have more than one child (or who are expecting a new addition). We'll examine how parents can encourage a healthy, loving relationship between their sibs.
Do schools give too much homework? Are kids just procrastinating more? The questions that arise around the issue of homework are many. This workshop offers practical solutions to the dilemma of achieving a state of equilibrium between the school, the parent and the child. When all three work together as a team, the child benefits tremendously.