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.

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.

This workshop is based on the premise that effective limit setting not only means stopping misbehavior, but also helping children develop a sense of responsibility and high self-esteem. Even young children can recognize how their behaviors impact others, and develop a sense of self-control. When this happens, the classroom becomes not only a place of learning, but also a community where children work together and feel deep pride in doing so. This workshop provides teachers with effective limit-setting techniques that work

Self-esteem is a process that begins in infancy and continues throughout a person's life. When children have low self-esteem, they feel bad about themselves, they fail to live up to their potential in school and at home, and they're more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors like sex, drugs and alcohol when they reach adolescence. On the other hand, when children have high self-esteem, they're more likely to be cooperative, respectful and responsible, to avoid high-risk situations, to be self-reliant and to resist negative peer pressure.

This unique workshop will give you an invaluable "problem solving model" which enables you to discern how to handle any problem that might arise in your classroom. Specific techniques with clear examples will be given which will help you effectively enhance cooperation while maintaining order (and your sanity). These techniques are not only effective, they also build children's self-esteem. Designed for children of any age, this invaluable model will give you the specifics of what to say when, and how to say it.

An absolutely essential workshop for parents of all children in our society today. With children being influenced in so many different ways - through television, advertising, music and more - it's important that parents have effective skills for setting limits based on their personal values. This workshop takes a respectful look at the child's world and helps parents recognize the importance of setting limits for their children. Further, it gives parents effective, easy to implement, proven techniques that WORK!

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. The workshop also addresses how to handle children who are delayed in toilet learning, who withhold bowel movements, who prefer to stand or squat when having a bowel movement or who are afraid to use the toilet.

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. The workshop also addresses how to handle children who are delayed in toilet learning, who withhold bowel movements, who prefer to stand or squat when having a bowel movement or who are afraid to use the toilet.PRACTICAL techniques for all of these challenges will b

Conflict among children is a natural part of a developmental process which marks the growth of important social skills. This workshop focuses on supportive intervention techniques which help children learn to resolve their conflicts peaceably. Appropriate for use with children age 2 and over.

 

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.

Repetitive misbehaviors in a classroom often occur because a child feels misunderstood. But it's often difficult to understand children - sometimes because they're screaming, or sometimes because they don't have language yet. This workshop focuses on listening skills, and interpreting children's behaviors by quickly assessing what their goals are, even if they're preverbal. How to use these techniques to diminish repetitive behaviors will also be covered.

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! Other children, when trying to communicate problems, will scream and yell and parents aren't sure they even want to listen anymore!

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. This workshop will illuminate some causes of difficult parent - teacher relations, and give parents practical techniques that will help keep the lines of communication open and enable them to handle even the most frustrating of situations.

In order for children to get the most out of their day care and early school experiences, it's best if teachers and parents work closely together as a team. Often, teachers best efforts in this direction seem to be thwarted by parents whose attitude can make communication difficult. This workshop will illuminate some causes of the difficulty, and give teachers practical techniques that will help keep the lines of communication open and will enable them to handle even the most frustrating of parents.

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