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Are You Parenting for Success or Setting Your Kids Up for Failure? 4 Must-Have Strategies to Raise Great Kids: Research tells us that nearly 50% of college students suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, binge drinking and eating disorders. Those astounding numbers tell us that we need to be parenting differently now so you can raise a child who’s loving, kind, responsible, strong, confident and successful as a young adult. Parenting strategies that you’re using today, in the moment, will have far-reaching results for your child’s success. Come to this class to learn four key strategies for raising great kids along with practical tips that you can easily implement immediately so you’re parenting with a plan for your child’s future success.

Balancing Work and Family Demands: Keeping the pressures of work and family from swallowing us up is a constant struggle for many of us. Surveys show that many working Americans feel “used up” by the end of the day; others show that many would choose a slower career path, if they could, to spend more time with their families. Learn about the many ways you can address these issues in your own life so that you can plan a good year ahead and reach a comfortable balance for you and your family.

Communicating with Young Children: Are your children tuning you out when you talk to them? Do you have to repeat yourself in order to be heard? A child’s specific developmental stage influences her ability to understand and communicate. This seminar will focus on practical, accessible and developmentally appropriate parenting skills and strategies for communicating with young children ages two through six years.

Discipline Means “to Teach”:  This seminar will define discipline as opposed to punishment as a way to guide children to socially positive behaviors. With a strong base in child development, we will explore a variety of strategies to use with various age groups and personality styles. Understanding “why” your child behaves the way he or she does is one key to making choices of guidance techniques. You’ll hear about some quick tips as well as long term strategies.

Dual Career Families: Today’s families are different. Whether dual career, blended family, or one parent alone, a family can be strong. There are new challenges and needs. We will discuss: Changing expectations and rituals, raising happy, healthy children, managing stress, celebrating your family’s style.

Encouraging Responsibility in Children (6-12): As children learn to accept responsibility, they gain confidence and actually enjoy being responsible. Self-sufficiency raises self-esteem. This seminar will focus on how to increase cooperation without nagging, encourage responsibility for actions and provide rewards and consequences.

Family Tool Kit: Family relationships can be strengthened through thoughtful use of the family tool kit. Helpful home relationships are created when family members understand how to work and play together. Completing chores, managing allowances, holding family meetings and learning how to share thoughts and feelings develop lifelong skills. Home is where the story begins.

Fantastic Families: Exploring traits of strong families and how to strengthen family relationships. This workshop offers tips on strengthening parent/child relationships and on parenting with intentionality.

Got Defiance?! 19 Ways to Gain More Compliance: “My child doesn’t listen the first time that I ask,” is one of the most common parenting complaints. This seminar offers 19 different options that parents can use to derail their child’s defiance and get results that lower their stress level.

Helping Your Child with Transitions: From getting dressed in the morning to the death of a loved one, your child will experience numerous transitions and losses. Find out the best tools for helping your child move through the process of change so you both feel less stress!

How Understanding Your Child’s Temperament Can Make You a Better Parent: Is one of your kids giving you a run for your money? Baffled as to why he or she can’t get with the program? It could be a temperamental trait that’s making it tough to parent this child. Come to this seminar to learn the nine temperamental traits, complete a free assessment, and learn how to work with temperament rather than against it so you and your child can both be successful.

Managing Problem Behaviors at Home with Your School-age Child: Do you ever have a hard time figuring out what to do about your child’s behavior? Do you find that the consequences or punishments you use just don’t work? This class will help you to understand the causes of children’s misbehavior and how to use this information to better manage problem behaviors. You will learn why children misbehave, how to use consequences that work and how to teach your child what they need to know to be better behaved.

NO! Why Our Kids Need to Hear it and Why Parents Need to Say It: Based on the new book by Dr. David Walsh, this seminar will help you to feel comfortable and able to say “no” to your children when it is needed. It can be difficult to set limits for our children when other parents and the culture around us seem not to have many limits. We will discuss the importance of self-discipline to a child’s development and how to help us as parents gain confidence in our judgment and ability to guide that development.

Nurturing Resilience in Your Child: Children are born with a certain amount of “natural resilience.” It’s innate, much like natural self-esteem, which they are also born with. So, as parents, we shouldn’t need to “build it;” rather, we should nurture resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back despite great odds (e.g. divorce, death of a family member, family drug and alcohol abuse, family violence, being bullied, etc). This class will help you teach them how to bounce forward to recover and have healthy outcomes.

Parenting Styles and Behavior: There is a wide variety of effective ways to parent. Understanding your own parenting style and the effects on your child’s behavior can be very helpful. Using Jean Illsley Clark’s research, we will discuss the different types of parenting behavior and how to know when each is most effective. We don’t expect to be perfect all the time, however, this seminar will help you see the signs when your behavior is less than helpful and how to identify the opportunity to make a quick change in your behavior to help your children’s behavior.

Parenting Tools for Tough Times (webinar only): Have you ever noticed how children often act out at the worst possible times? Children pick up and reflect back our own stress, making it hard to deal with both parenting and the rest of life at the same time. Explore how stress affects behavior and how you can insulate children from your stress. Get practical tips on how to juggle everything at once and reconnect with your children.

Peer Pressure – Helping Kids Manage and Resist: Are you concerned about your teen’s friends? Do you feel that they have more influence over your teen’s decisions than you do? Learn how to continue to be a major influence in your teen’s life and ways to support and guide your teen into positive friendships.

Promoting Responsibility in Our Children: This program will cover the basics of communication, limit-setting, and natural and logical consequences for our children. This program will address how these parenting tools help to promote responsibility and independence in our children.

Purposeful Parenting: Requirements for Success at Home and at Work: The Red * Yellow * Green Framework is a way to think about parenting in order to raise a cared for self-reliant child. It is a systemized approach to common sense, which provides a way to deliver direct and clear messages, establish necessary rituals and routines, and communicate family values, benefits and expectations. This concept will help adults who want to be purposeful and present in the lives of children. Applying these insights promotes success both at the work site and the kitchen table.

Quantity or Quality? When it comes to raising our kids, these two words come up often in regards to the time spent with them. Explore which one means most to kids and why. We will look at ways to encourage spending time together as a family, and share ideas of things to do.

Raising Financially Successful Kids: Children face media and consumer pressures at a very young age. This seminar will give parents a better understanding of what they can do to teach their children about money. We also share fun exercises for you to use with your child as they develop and understanding of money and how to use it wisely. Content covers birth through the teen years. We’ll look at opportunities to make kids money-wise through allowances, healthy money management, savings, and credit awareness.

Raising Healthy Kids in the New Millennium: “Raising Healthy Kids in the New Millennium” is a workshop that covers a variety of health topics, including: nutrition, exercise, natural approaches to treating common childhood health problems (such as ear infections) and overall enhancement of health.

Ready for Kindergarten: What Parents Can Do: If you are the parent of a preschooler, you might be wondering what skills your child will need for entering kindergarten. How will you know if your child is ready and what should you do to prepare her for “big” school? This presentation will provide parents with realistic expectations and a set of guidelines regarding the skills for kindergarten readiness.

Relief for Homework Headaches: Imagine having your child complete his or her homework without your nagging or pleading. Imagine never hearing “I can’t” or “I won’t” when homework is mentioned. Imagine that your child thinks homework is even fun sometimes! Start the school year out right with “Relief for Homework Headaches,” a class designed to help parents solve the most common homework problems. Parents will leave the class with strategies for motivating their child, plans for creating rituals that increase compliance, ideas for making homework fun and a “checklist for change.” Come to “school” for 60 minutes and find relief that will last throughout the year!

Self Care – How to Prepare your Child when Home Alone: What does a child need to know in order to stay home alone? At what age should a parent consider this option? What are helpful rules to make a home alone experience successful?

Single Parenting Families: Parenting as a single is a “whole” job. Often the biggest challenge is balancing work, children, and home, and still having time for oneself. Meet with other parents to discuss: special challenges of discipline, self-esteem when single parenting, time management, and other concerns related to single parenting.

Stepping Stones – Guidelines for Stepfamilies: Not all families are alike. The unique concerns and challenges of stepfamily life such as the role of the stepparent, approaches to discipline, and ways to build a cohesive new family will be addressed in this seminar. Participants will be presented with a set of guidelines and tolls to help this “instant” new family grow and flourish.

Survival Techniques for New Parents: The hospital stay is over, baby’s home, and reality sets in. It is time for one of the biggest adjustments of your life. Welcome to the wonderful (and bewildering) world of parenthood! Among the topics in this seminar are:

  • Re-negotiating roles and responsibilities
  • Sleep (yours and baby’s)
  • Tips for planning ahead, setting up routines, etc.
  • Getting to know your baby

Talking with Teens about Drugs and Alcohol: Parents are called the “anti-drug” because of the tremendous influence they have on their teens to keep them safe and drug free. This presentation will provide current information regarding the effects of drugs and alcohol on the teenage brain and practical suggestions parents can implement to keep their kids drug and alcohol free.

Teaching the 3 R’s: Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships: “Respect is an attitude of honoring people and caring about their rights”. Being respectful includes self-respect, and self-respect is reinforced when we act in responsible ways. This class will encourage families to practice respectful behavior and offer ideas on how to help children become more responsible. We will discuss task responsibility (chores) and touch on social responsibility.

The Intentional Family: Does it seem as though you are flying through life? Does it seem as though your children are growing up without you even realizing it? This seminar will help you take some simple steps to bring the connectedness you are craving back into your family. Learn how to take a conscious, planful approach to y our family life and what a difference it will make.

The Magic of Encouragement: A strong self-esteem is an essential ingredient in a child’s positive development. During this seminar parents will reinforce their current skills and learn new skills in supporting their child’s growing self-esteem. We will use children’s books as a tool for encouraging our children’s positive attributes and behaviors.

The Media and Your Family: Today’s storyteller is the mass media. It is powerful! Discover more about the power and influence mass media has on behaviors, attitudes and learning. Explore techniques to enhance your family’s viewing time. Material is shared using curriculum from the National Institute on Media and The Family, written by Dr. David Walsh.

The Sibling Battle: Are you tired of the constant bickering and fighting among your children? Would you like them to learn how to settle disputes without involving you? This seminar will explore the nature of the sibling conflict and how parents can use this arena as an opportunity to teach their children the vital skills of conflict resolution, negotiation and compromise.

The 7 Worst Mistakes that Parents Make (And How to Avoid Them!): After working with hundreds of families as a Parent Coach and Licensed Psychologist, this instructor has taken the 7 Worst Mistakes that parents unwittingly make and brought them to light. The instructor provides practical solutions that parents can use immediately to correct these common errors and bring greater joy to parenting.

 Tired of Time Out? Learn 10 Positive Discipline Methods to Use Now: Stuck in a rut when it comes to discipline? You are not alone! In this two-part class, you will learn 10 different positive discipline options to use with children 3-12 years of age!! Parents will practice methods for increasing positive behavior and decreasing negative behavior. Come and find new solutions to nagging problems.

Understanding Your Child – Information and Tools to Help Guide Parents: Do you feel lost as to what is going on with your child? This seminar will assist parents in understanding the challenging and/or confusing behaviors of children. We will discuss information to help understand the sensitive and intuitive child, as well as the angry and high energy child. We will talk about how best to communicate with and support these children, as well as the importance of taking care of yourself.

Unplug Your Kids: This seminar is based on the work of Dr. David Walsh and includes his fifteen minute video. Together the video and seminar articulate the effects of the media on children. The emphasis is on how to use media wisely, and how to help children become critical viewers and consumers of media.

What Must They Be Thinking? Understanding the Teenage Brain: Do you wonder why your teenager may act irresponsibly and impulsively at times and doesn’t seem to understand the consequences of his actions? Current information on teenage brain development helps parents understand their teenager and offers effective approaches for parenting an adolescent.