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Parenting and Partners

The skills you need to be the best parent (and partner) you can be.

    • Nurturing yourself.
    • Understand and manage your emotions.
    • Clarify what values are important to you and your family.
    • Get and stay on the same page with your co-parents.
    • Maintain and enhance your toolbox of parenting skills.

Scroll down this page for information about:

  • Managing Emotion and Mindfulness
  • Setting Limits, Dealing with Conflict, Listening and Responding
  • Managing Conflict
  • Parenting Fundamentals

Mindfulness and Managing Emotion

Workshop: Emotional Regulation

  • What is emotional regulation and how might it be relevant for you and your family?
  • Develop the skills needed for managing emotions under all circumstances which will aid you in successfully keep your cool when in crisis mode.
  • How to use self-calming strategies to reduce emotionally induced stress.
  • Explore how helping our children manage their emotions effectively is a key building block in family communication, school success, and positive peer interactions.
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Pocket Reference

Workshop: Mindfulness: Managing Seasonal Stress

  • Use mindfulness techniques and self-calming strategies to manage stress
  • Better understand, tolerate, and deal with your emotions in healthy ways by using techniques to alter habitual responses by pausing and choosing how you act.
  • Explore how helping our children manage their emotions effectively is a key building block in family communication, school success, and positive peer interactions.
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Pocket Reference

In-depth articles

Setting Limits, Dealing with Conflict, Listening and Responding

While all children need guidance and boundaries, it can feel like life with children of all ages is a 24/7 battle. Fortunately, there are some concrete skills that can help.  Review active listening strategies and how this “soft skill” has value for your children both in and beyond the family.

Workshop: Communications and Boundaries

  • Why having boundaries are so important.
  • Help to define your family’s limits.
  • Learn how to “pick your spot,” communicate it clearly, and stick to it.
  • Active listening strategies
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Pocket Reference

In-depth Articles

Workshop: Managing Conflict: Keep Your Cool and Make It a Teachable Moment

Techniques for navigating the conflicts that are a part of all families’ lives. Learning how to recognize and manage your own anger is an important step in becoming a better role model for your child.

  • The impact of a parent’s behavior on a child’s
  • What triggers anger, and ways to express and control it in non-explosive ways
  • Better understanding how to manage stress
  • The effects of anger on the parent-child relationship
  • Ideas for improving outcomes after family conflict
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Pocket Reference
  • Feelings Thermometer

Podcast:  Managing Conflict

In-depth Articles

Parenting Fundamentals

Stay at the top of your parenting game by refreshing the tools, techniques and skills you need to be the best parent you can be.

Workshop: Parenting Positively

How the essential elements of effective parenting provide a happy and stable environment for your child to develop as independent and resilient individuals.

These include:

  • Developing a strong parenting partnership
  • Increasing positivity through play
  • Setting limits (including discipline)
  • Communication strategies to provide structure to family life
  • Navigate conflict and understanding the emotional triggers that challenge the parent-child relationship
  • Use the tools of mindfulness to manage emotions in a healthy way
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Pocket Reference

In-depth Articles

  • Podcast: Skills for Good Parenting (under development)

Workshop: Parenting as a Team

  • Effective parenting is much easier when you and parenting “partners” are working from the same playbook.
  • What are the advantages and barriers to parenting as a team.
  • How to improve parents’ ability to “be on the same page”
  • Addressing special situations such as integrating other family adults or coping with a co-parent who is absent or refuses involvement.
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Pocket Reference

Workshop: Parenting Styles and Kids’ Temperaments

  • How much of the frustration you feel as a parent, and the conflicts that your family experiences, are a result of a mis-match between your parenting style and your child’s temperament?
  • There are four basic parenting styles; identify where you fall and what that means to your interactions with your family.
  • Assess and understand your child’s temperament.
  • Learn to modulate your parenting based on your child’s temperament and your parenting style.
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Pocket Reference

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August 2019

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