What will you learn in the Workshop?

The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group Workshop is to help you and the members of your group communicate more effectively with children. 

In each session of the workshop you’ll be introduced to an additional set of proven skills that will help you to cope with your child’s negative feelings, engage your child’s willing cooperation, discipline without hurting or alienating, help your child develop a positive and realistic self-image, and foster a family atmosphere of love and respect.

What Will Be Covered in Each Session?

1. Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings – An exploration of what happens to children when their feelings are denied. Specific skills that help children to recognize and cope with their negative feelings: disappointment, envy, frustration, resentment, anger, etc. Ways to accept children’s feelings, limit unacceptable behavior, and still maintain goodwill.

2. Engaging Cooperation – How children react to commonly used methods to get them to cooperate: threats, warnings, orders, name-calling, sarcasm, lecturing, etc. Five ways to invite cooperation that will leave parents and children feeling good about themselves and each other.

3. Alternatives to Punishment – How do children normally react to punishment? Is it necessary to rely on punishment as a means of discipline? Some alternatives to punishment that enable parents to express their strong disapproval as well as encourage children to assume responsibility for their behavior.

4. Encouraging Autonomy – Ways to help children become separate, responsible people who can one day function on their own. Specific skills that help children to become more self-reliant.

5. Praise – An exploration of the kinds of praise that build a positive and realistic self-image, and the kinds that are counter-productive. A variety of ways to help our children become aware of their strengths so that they can put them into action.

6. Freeing Children from Playing Roles – A look at how children are sometimes cast into roles (bully, whiner, dawdler, mischief-maker, etc.) and how we can free them from playing out these roles. Six skills that help children see themselves in a different and more positive light.

The workshop requires an 8 hour commitment, and scheduling may be done with 6 weekly meetings, on one day, or over a weekend. Groups may request the desired time-frame.