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Parenting Workshops

2-hour workshops are available throughout the community. Brush up on your RCB skills or come get an idea what RCB is all about!

Click here for workshop schedule – updated for Fall 2014!

“No! I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me!!” -Avoiding Power Struggles and Getting Kids to Listen

“NO I won’t and you can’t make me!” – sound familiar? Bedtime, mealtime, mornings – these can be some of the most challenging times and parents just want their children to listen. Do your kids ignore you, run away when you ask them to do something, dawdle or just simply say ‘NO!’? Do you find yourself yelling and nagging your children a lot? In this workshop, you’ll receive powerful tips and tools to get your kids to listen, cooperate and work as a team without threats and bribes!  You will learn how to recognize and disengage from a power struggle and what to do to lessen them in the future. An eye opening, informative workshop on building cooperation without the yelling, threatening, bribing and nagging.

Getting Out the Door with a Smile: Secrets to a Stress Free Morning

Do you wish getting out the door wasn’t so stressful?  Are you tired of nagging, yelling or reminding? Do your kids dawdle, forget their things, or resist even getting in the car?  In this parenting workshop, you will learn why a stressful morning is detrimental for you and your child, how to set your whole family up for success; and tips for being organized, staying calm and getting out the door’ with peace and ease!

Becoming Mom and Dad – Parenting 101 for Pregnant and New Parents

You’ve taken a childbirth class, spent hours creating the perfect nursery and feel confident you’ll know how to change a diaper (maybe…). But have you thought about how you’re going to parent? How will you handle tantrums, set limits and raise a responsible child? Called a “parenting pre-requisite for all new and expecting parents”, this 2 hour fun and thought-provoking workshop will challenge pregnant and new parents to begin thinking about how they are going to parent and what kind of parents they will be.  Emphasis will be on the importance of parenting and how it affects a child’s self-esteem, success, motivation, and over-all wellbeing. Topics will include : When to begin disciplining, how to parent as a team, why structure and consistency are crucial and what the results are of punishment, praise and permissiveness. Start off on the right foot! – educate and empower yourself NOW before the challenges begin!

Keep Calm – Secrets to Staying Patient and Calm with Your Kids

Do you wish you didn’t lose your cool, yell or get so angry with your children sometimes?  You’re not alone!  The #1 thing moms and dads say they would change about themselves as parents is….(drum roll please), they wish they could be more patient and calm with the ones they love.  Come to this workshop to discover the secrets to staying more patient and loving when disciplining.  You’re whole home will feel more calm and peaceful with these concrete, easy tips and ideas to control your temper, resist yelling and start enjoying your children more.  You’ll learn how to get your kids to listen the first time so you don’t have to yell and what to do when everyone else in your home is losing it.  Fun, guilt-free and full of easy to use techniques to stop the yelling and reduce the stress!

Tears, Tantrums and Toddlers, Oh My! – Adventurer’s Guide to the Toddler Years

Ah, the age of independence! Parents will be given lots of useful development information to help them navigate this often challenging time. You will learn why your children behave the way they do and how you may be unknowingly reinforcing this behavior; as well as, how to minimize the hassles, tantrums and tears and respond effectively vs. reacting emotionally.     A great workshop for all parents of children 18 months to 4 years old!

“Pleeeease STOP Fighting!!!”- Siblings Without Rivalry

Is your children’s fighting disrupting your family? Do you think it’s just inevitable? There CAN be peace. In this workshop parents will learn hands on, practical skills to replace fighting with cooperation and negotiation.  They will also learn the #1 reason why children fight and how they may be unknowingly encouraging more squabbles!  Come learn how to end the fighting and create an encouraging family! (This is an excellent workshop for parents who just had baby number two – learn how to avoid the conflict before it starts.)

What to Do When Your Kids Drive You Crazy

Not enjoying your kids? Wishing they would ‘just go play’, stop fighting, or live at grandma’s house for a week? Feeling guilty, short-tempered and tired? Watching the clock and hoping tomorrow is a better day? Then you’ve got PSS (Parent Stress Syndrome). Come to this workshop and learn how to identify PSS and fast, effective ways to turn those bad days around! Don’t miss this eye opening, informative workshop on what REALLY creates the stress, why guilt should take a hike, and how making some simple, easy adjustments to your day could change your life … guaranteed to have you laughing, smiling and enjoying your kids again! .

“Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails” – Adventurer’s Guide to Raising Boys

Are you sometimes befuddled or bewildered by your boy’s behavior? Does he ignore you, act wild, or have meltdowns that scare you?  Do you find yourself getting angry and frustrated more times than not?  In this parenting workshop you will learn:

  • why he gets so angry and upset and what to do about it
  • how to get your son to ‘open up’ and talk more
  • why nearly all video games are marketed to boys
  • how to motive your son
  • what boys need to ‘thrive’
  • why he might be struggling in school
  • how to get him to ‘listen’ the first time
  • why punishment may be making him behave worse

Taught by a certified parent educator and parent of 4 boys, this parenting workshop is a MUST for all parents of boys! Teachers, grandparents, caregivers and counselors are also encouraged to attend.

Enhancing Children’s Self-Esteem and Building Internal Motivation

Do you want to raise a confident child? Do you want your child to have high self-esteem, to be a leader who makes good choices and who isn’t influenced by peer pressure? Are you worried that your child isn’t motivated or do you notice your child depends on you to get things done? Self-esteem is the most talked about concept in parenting and education today, but what is ‘self-esteem’ and how do we raise our children to be confident and interally driven? All of this will be discussed and more! Come to this informative workshop and learn how to discipline while instilling high self-esteem and self-motivation. Great for toddlers to teens!

Parenting as a Team

“She’s too lenient”… “He’s too harsh”…. Not on the same page with your parenting? Is it causing stress and tension in your home? Come to this workshop and discover the underlying causes of couple’s disagreements on parenting and what you can do to promote positive and peaceful communication. (psst…Your kids will thank you!)

Hassle Free Homework

Are you dreading the coming school year? Do you want your children to succeed and do well in school but find ‘homework time’ to be more stress than success? Don’t miss this opportunity to benefit your child for a lifetime! Learn how to lessen the power struggle, teach responsibility and goal setting and learn ways to encourage and self-motivate your children.

Balancing Work and Family

Coming home to stress and chaos? Finding it hard to transition between work and family and wishing you could find the balance? Learn how to nurture yourself and your family so that your family supports your work and your home is peaceful and happy!

Adventure’s Guide to Raising Your Pre-Teen/Teen

An informative and empowering workshop for parents of teens and pre-teens. Raising a teen today isn’t easy; but the teen years don’t have to be terrible!  In this workshop we will discuss the developmental stages of a teen, challenges of raising ‘today’s teen’ (including technology and bullying), how to talk to your teen so your teen will listen (…and want to talk to you!), how to avoid power struggles, how to build cooperation, how to set limits and ways to maintain your child’s self-esteem.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in your teens world and how you can guide them successfully into adulthood. 

Staying Sane and Surviving Summer Vacation

It’s right around the corner….your kids are looking forward to it but you may be feeling apprehensive. Not to worry!  We’ve got an action plan for you that will ensure a fun, peaceful family while you juggle camps, vacations, and mosquitoes.  In this fun and highly recommended talk, we’ll cover that inevitable sibling fighting, keys to a fun and relaxing vacation and simple ways to avoid getting on one another’s nerves!  Don’t miss this chance to start the summer right!

Mom’s Guide to Great Parenting

This special ‘Mom’s only’ talk is designed to be a safe, supportive opportunity for mothers of all walks of life and at all stages of motherhood, to come together and talk about what it means to be a mom. What stresses, pleasures, challenges, fears and dreams do we all experience and how best to navigate this often thankless, yet incredibly rewarding, experience. Topics such as minimizing stress and guilt, balancing love and discipline, balancing work and family, and how to live your best life – while being a mom, will all be covered. Bring a girlfriend, bring your own mom, and come rediscover the joy of motherhood!

Dad’s Guide to Great Parenting

Today’s dads are more involved and active in their children’s lives than ever before, yet many dads feel ineffective and ill-equipped in their parenting. This special ‘Dad’s only’ workshop celebrates fatherhood and explores such topics as: how to get your kids to listen to you the first time, keys to being firm and kind, balancing work and family, how to have more fun and less yelling and lots of great parenting tips and tools guaranteed to have dad well on his way to being honored ‘Father of the Year!’. A fun and informative night for Dads of toddlers to teens. The class is co-taught by a father of 4 and will include pizza and refreshments.

Examples of Other Possible Workshops:

Balancing Love and Discipline – Introduces the concept of firm and kind, unconditional love, and the value of more action and less talk.

Consequences that Work – Introduces the concepts of natural and logical consequences and how parents/teachers can effectively use them.

Creating Cooperative Families – Teach how to create a cooperative family/classroom atmosphere and what to do when there’s a lack of cooperation.

Effective Parent/Child (Teacher/Child) Communication – Introduce the concepts of listening, GEMS, handling feelings and conflict resolution.

Getting in Step with Step-Parenting – Learn how to work cooperatively with your ex and peacefully blend families

Handling Aggressive Children in the Classroom, Birth through Six – Explore developmental and learned aspects of aggression and 15 actions you can teach to correct this behavior.

“If you don’t Stop Crying… !” How to handle Children’s Feelings – Show the effects of feeling stoppers and feeling encouragers and how to work with children’s feelings in each developmental stage.

Tame those Tantrums – Teach the concept of how less power means more. Teach how to diagnose tantrums and prevent them.

Teaching Children Self Control – Within developmental guidelines, show how it is the parents’/teachers’ job to assist the child in learning how to control and appropriately express their feelings and desires.

Tell Them What To Do, Not What To Don’t – Teach how a small shift in speech can create more cooperation, more responsible children.

Creating Teamwork – Teach underlying concepts of teamwork and how to make it happen at home and work.

Resolving Conflicts – Demonstrate the power of conflict resolution and negotiating to a win-win.

Contact us to schedule a workshop for your organization!