EVENTS + WORKSHOPS
THE CONNECTED PARENT
Connection is perhaps the most necessary ingredient for personal growth, resiliency, and self-worth. Even with the best of intentions, we disconnect from our children multiple times a day. When our kids feel disconnected, they exhibit undesirable behavior, our buttons get pushed, and we react. When we understand what is beneath their behavior, we can disconnect in order to really connect. We will learn the difference between connecting and disconnecting language, gain an understanding of our children’s behavior, and gain confidence in maintaining authority with limits and boundaries through connection.
THE TEEN YEARS
The teen years can be trying and worrisome if we allow it. This is a time in our child’s life where connection is key to helping them be resilient and knowing who they are as individuals. Our years with them at home are now limited and we need to choose whether we connect or disconnect with them at multiple moments throughout the day. They can be our greatest teachers when we allow them to find and speak their voice and to be there for them when they need us. Parents will learn how to not take their teen’s words and behavior personally, keep quiet when they are ready to judge and yell, and show them that they have their child’s back.
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
We are living in a culture that has placed high value on putting our children first. The best parenting award goes to the parent who drops everything to bring a forgotten folder to school, assists in making the most beautiful school project, or attends every single baseball game or skating event. While putting our children first, we have lost our selves and our relationships with our partner, resulting in resentment and tension with our kids. In this presentation/workshop we will discuss how taking care of ourselves is actually the best gift we can give our children.
Conscious Parenting is truly accepting our children as unique individuals, and supporting them in becoming their most authentic selves. It is awareness of our standards and beliefs, societal pressures, and their impact on our ability to be present to what we truly believe is best for our family. Parenting consciously allows us to hold boundaries our children need while nurturing connection, the most essential aspect of the parent-child relationship.
In this workshop parents will learn to recognize their triggers, understand their child’s behavior, and gain tools to set boundaries from a calm and centered place. As a result, parents will foster greater connection with their child, thus allowing both parent and child to be their most authentic selves. Based on the work of Dr. Shefali Tsabary.
COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is a model that focuses the parental lens on a collaborative strength-based, neurologically-grounded approach created by Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry. CPS provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their children and adolescents in the face of ordinary, day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, screen time, homework, bedtime – to more serious challenges. It’s based on the understanding that kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and focuses instead on building connected relationships and thinking skills.
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REGULATING SCREEN TIME
While technology can serve us, over exposure to screens in children can have a negative impact on cognitive and emotional development. It can also delay language development in toddlers and impair social skills. Cindy works with parents, teaching them how to have empowering conversations with their kids, including them in the process of moderating screen time and giving them the power to make good decisions for themselves.