parent education workshops

‘How To Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk!’

This six-week popular parenting workshop, facilitated by our Family Life Educator will give parents and caregivers practical, effective methods of communication that will make your relationship with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. 'How To Talk...' whether the world-renowned books or the video workshop shows parents by example how we typically deny children’s feelings, fail to get them to cooperate because we just seem to nag at them, or fumble with disciplining and punishing.

This video series helps parents get a handle on how they relate to their kids. And then the parents find that their kids’ behaviors change! Participants learn skills that make life with children easier and more satisfying. The skills build on each other, week by week, and parents practice each new set of skills between sessions.

Participants learn to talk to their children in less stressful and more rewarding ways. The group format is fun and insightful; parents find out that other parents struggle just like they do, and sharing experiences and ideas flows easily. It is definitely more effective if both parents attend the workshop, but is not necessary. Parents often reveal that these skills work on their partners, too!

  1. Engage your child’s willing cooperation.
    Six ways to help kids cooperate, from describing what you see, to describing what you feel.
  2. Help your child develop a realistic and positive self-image.
    Learn ways to help kids experience themselves as separate, capable, and responsible people.
  3. Foster an atmosphere of love and respect.
    Believe it or not, there is such a thing as unhelpful praise.
    In this session we experience how that kind of praise really feels, and learn about ways to give helpful praise.
  4. Cope with your child’s negative feelings.
    Too often parents deny their children’s feelings with things like, “Oh, don’t be silly, you don’t hate Grandma! Grandma loves you.”
  5. Resolve conflicts peacefully.
  6. Discipline without hurting or alienating.
    No more grounding or taking away the video games...in this session we learn four simple skills to use in place of the classic ‘punishments’.

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Please call our Family Centre @ (902) 827-1461 to find out when & where this 'must do' parenting program is offered next!

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