Workshop Topics

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  • Balancing Work and Family:
    Imbalance, balance, awareness of what is important in our lives, priority setting, determine what creates closeness and distance, GEMS, how to have less stress.
  • Balancing Love and Discipline:
    Identify beliefs regarding children, discuss needs, define discipline, firm being harsh, boundaries.  
  • Consequences That Work: What to do instead of Punishment
    Discuss needs, various kinds of choices, GEMS, how to be firm and kind, handle feelings appropriately, self-quieting vs. time-out, natural and logical consequences.
  • Creating Cooperative Families/Classrooms:
    Setting clear boundaries and following through, letting the leadership change, share decision-making, requests rather than orders, asking for advice, appropriate choices, encouragement vs. praise, modeling the behavior that you want, acknowledge them when doing well, three styles of parenting/leadership.
  • Hear and Be Heard: Couples Communication:
    How do you feel loved, understanding, feeling understood, past resentment healing, hidden beliefs.
  • Enhancing Children’s Self-Esteem:
    Understanding developmental stages, clear boundaries and follow-through, GEMS, repair mistakes, firm and kind, encouragement, unconditional love, let them be valuable.   
  • Getting in Step with Step-Parenting:
    Advantages vs. disadvantages, trying too hard, understanding what the child is going through, going through conflict to get close, war games, parenting teams.
  • Handling Aggressive Children:
    Three forms of aggression, causes of hostility, examine family/environment/peers or siblings/media influence, how to decrease the influence of those factors, setting clear rules and limits, benefits of staying calm, redirection.
  • “He Hit Me!”…Handling Sibling Rivalry:
    Exploration of needs of a child, why do they fight?, comparisons, ways to handle fighting, peace-making alternatives to fighting.    
  • How to Turn a Terrible Two into a Terrific Two:
    Developmental issues of a two-year old, purpose of their misbehavior, positive discipline options, handling power struggles, handling temper tantrums.
  • “If You Don’t Stop Crying…” How to Handle Children’s Feelings:
    Getting their needs met, emotional development of children, understanding emotions, feeling stoppers vs. feeling encouragers, appropriate ways to express feelings, ways to gain cooperation without doing battle, handling your own emotions. “No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me!”…Handling Power Struggles Getting their needs met, recognizing power struggles, eight ways to get out of a power struggle, 11 ways to prevent them.
  • “That’s It, You’re Grounded!” Parent-Teen Communication:
    Understanding developmental issues, how to stay out of power struggles, give responsibility, build a relationship, respect differences, unconditionally loving your teen, taking care of yourself.
  • Parenting as a Team:
    How you were raised, compensating for each other’s parenting, competition, importance of being right, control by partner, coming to agreement on different styles, agreeing on a foundation, staying out of partner’s relationship with children, teach child skills needed to resolve conflict, encourage partner.    
  • Take the Hassles out of Homework:
    How homework was handled in your family, ways to internally motivate a child (9), make learning a family value, no arguing or bargaining regarding homework, make self available for help, homework is their responsibility, making it fun, importance of organization, time management skills, sleep issues.
  • Tame Those Tantrums:
    Seven types of temper tantrum situations, importance of understanding reason for tantrum, how to redirect them, prevention.    
  • Teaching Children Self-Control:
    What is self-control? When is someone out of control? When to intercede, how to teach self-control, actions parents can do to create calmness (7).    
  • Tell Them What To Do, Not What To Don’t:
    Getting their needs met, preventing misbehavior: GEMS, firm and kind, importance of eye level, asking for the behavior that you want.
  • What to Do when Your Kids Drive You Crazy:
    Identify what makes you crazy, how to maintain your sanity: care of self, model self-control, actions not words, speaking softly, asking for the behavior that you want, eye level significance, firm and kind.
  • Asking for What You Want:
    Knowing what you want, asking for it, identify what stops us from asking, fears, learning how to ask, saying “No” without guilt.    
  • Creating Teamwork:
    Styles of parenting, clear boundaries, let them lead, share decision-making, requests instead of orders, giving choices, encouragement, modeling the behavior that you want, family meetings, conflict resolution, consequences.    
  • Keeping Yourself Encouraged (and Spreading it Around):
    What is encouragement? Encourage vs. discourage, becoming more encouraging (7).
  • How to Bully-Proof Your Children:
    How to deflect teasing, “what if” game, connect consequences to decisions, “I” messages, peaceful resolution to conflicts, clear and firm boundaries.    
  • Understanding Temperament:
    Explore the ten temperaments-sensitivity, activity level, rhythm, emotional intensity, approach/withdrawal, adaptability, persistence and frustration tolerance, mood, distractibility, perceptivity.    
  • Resolving Conflicts:
    Explore why fight, purpose of fighting, how the fight is perpetuated, steps to resolve conflict, mutual respect. 
  • Setting Limits and Making Them Stick:
    Explore what limits are, why children are starving for them, why we have difficulty setting limits and how to REALLY set them effectively.
  • “No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me!” Effectively Handling Power Struggles
    Power struggles are the main misbehavior of childhood that travel with us into adulthood. Each of us can revert into being 10…or 7…or even 3! Ideas to keep yourself out of power struggles will be shared (11 of them) as well as ways to prevent the standoff from occurring in the first place. Teens and twos need a WHOLE lot of power, guess what other age does? Come join us!
  • The Art of Listening