I’m stepping out and embarking on something new – a teleconference class. Since I love doing parenting workshops, I figured I’d expand my repertoire and start offering some online classes. Another avenue, another way of reaching people and another way of expanding myself.
This first class will be about helping children deal with their feelings. It’s based upon the techniques written by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish in their book, How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk.
I may be going out on a limb by saying this but parenting almost seems to becoming a lost art. We are becoming overshadowed and overpowered by all the pulls of societal technology. We’re running on a perpetual treadmill of trying to keep up with it all. And we’re losing something vastly important along the way. We’re losing ourselves and what’s important to us and our families. We have a lose grip on our values and priorities. The competition is huge and we are falling into that competitive market with our kids. We’re finding it hard to maintain our own grounding and stance. We’re therefore doing all too much For our kids with the rationale of, ’I can’t let my kids fall behind or not give them what everyone else has.’
We’re losing a lot here and our children are losing even more. They’re losing the ability to stand on their own feet and be responsible and competent young adults. Perhaps I should qualify this by saying, they’re not really Losing anything, it’s that they’re not being given what they need to become responsible for themselves, accountable and competent people. But more on this in another piece.
Let’s get back to some basics in parenting; to skills needed to help our children grow into emotionally healthy and resilient people. It’s interesting to note that this book, How To Talk… was first published over 30 years ago and it’s just as relevant, perhaps even more so, now.
Please join me in this free class. I will highlight the specific ideas and concepts and then I hope for lots of interaction. You might consider getting a copy of the book and reading Chapter 1 before the class. It will give you good food for thought and discussion.
I’d really appreciate if you pass along this info to any parents you know. Thank you.