Parent 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. This workshop is tailored to the appropriat

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 discover a technique that will help eliminate rudeness, “sass

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. Learn how to give the children in your single-parent household a sense of family and how to explore uncomfortable feelings without guilt or anxiety.

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.

A comprehensive 8-week workshop based on the books by Julie A. Ross. The Practical Parenting Workshop teaches parents skills, not theory. You will learn how to handle misbehavior before it even happens. So instead of reacting, you will learn to be proactive. You will leave the course feeling confident and secure in your ability to raise responsible and cooperative children who have high self-esteem. Even better, you will diminish and even eliminate unacceptable behavior.

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.

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.?

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