Workshop and Lecture Topics

More and more research indicates that understanding the differences between boys and girls is an important component of good parenting. Rather than adopting the "boys will be boys" attitude, however, parents must become gender sensitive -- what are the real differences between boy behavior and girl behavior? What behavior is acceptable, what is not? And when boys are aggressive, and girls are mean, it's helpful for parents to be fluent in the language of children and capable of translating behavior into words.

Before handling aggressive or mean impulses, teachers must become fluent in the language of children and be capable of translating their behavior. This workshop will introduce a hands on translation technique, as well as focusing  on the relationship between gender and behavior.

The child's world is very different from the world of an adult. Many times the way in which we speak to children, as well as our body language and tone of voice, communicate something entirely different from what we mean. In other words, what children "hear" us say differs from what we actually said. Learn to speak and act in ways that won't be misinterpreted, learn to hear things the way children do, and learn how to turn a situation around if a child has "heard" you incorrectly.

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!

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.

Eating disorders, obesity and diabetes are on the rise in this country. It's no wonder then that many parents despair when they see their child choosing junk foods loaded with sugar. Yet when parents intervene, they often find themselves engaged in a power struggle with their child that makes the problem worse rather than better. This workshop helps parents feed their children in healthy ways.

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