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  1. Apply effective discipline that will improve cooperation and your connection with your children
  2. Add simple practices to your day that will decrease chaos and tension and create real peace at home
  3. Create family routines that will strengthen emotional intelligence for all and build lasting family ties

COVENTRY — In conjunction with the Peace at Home Parenting program, Coventry is offering online parenting classes to all residents until the end of August

By EKATERINE TCHELIDZE
Chronicle Staff Writer

Coventry Youth Services Coordinator Crystal Morawitz said this is the first time Peace at Home Parenting offered the program to the town. “I thought it was too great of an opportunity to pass on it,” she said. Morawitz purchased access to the entire program so town residents could benefit from it for free. Otherwise they would have to pay for each class separately, she said.

The online classes start Saturday and continue through Aug. 31, offering lectures on various topics that parents might find helpful. Topics include the neuroscience of early childhood, raising children with special needs, talking to teens about safety and how to be a role model for children, among others.

Topics for classes derive from parent interest, said social worker Ruth Freeman, founder of Peace at Home Parenting. Freeman will teach most classes along with two guest speakers — Aaron Weintraub, director of Kids Cooperate special education school in Tolland, and JoAnn Robinson, member of the board of directors of the Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health.

Freeman has been teaching parenting lessons for three decades, but gave her classes a digital spin only recently.

“It’s much harder for parents to get out for parenting classes now they have busier schedules,” Freeman said. “This way they can listen to classes on the phone or watch on the computer.”

Apart from Coventry, Freeman said Ashford, Chaplin, Ellington, Mansfield, Tolland and Windham also subscribed to the program. “It’s great because it’s free and parents can do it in the comfort of their own home,” Morawitz said.

Those unable to watch live-streamed lectures can access recorded videos later at their convenience. “I think removing a lot of those obstacles and barriers makes it more accessible to parents,” Morawitz said. “The flexibility, I think, is a key for parents who are juggling a lot these days.”

As long as the program remains an option for Coventry, she will continue to offer it to residents, Morawitz said.

“It’s a great opportunity, a great resource and a great asset,” she said

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traveling with a toddlerTraveling with a toddler this summer? Three tips for helping you and your toddler to enjoy outings to new places:

  1. Tone down your excitement about going someplace new. Young children react to being in new places by looking to us for our reaction. Avoid making a big deal about it, especially if your child is easily startled or clings to you with fear. Being matter of fact will tell your child that it’s safe.
  2. Bring along some familiar food if you are eating a meal away. Of course it is fun to try new foods but it’s amazing how including a familiar food with new ones makes it all feel safe to try.
  3. Try to maintain something like the usual nap and eating times. If your toddler can refuel his/her energy predictably, he/she is more likely to play and enjoy being with lively cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Our FREE infant and toddler online class will review creating routines that work and consider how rhythmic talking and songs are connected to babies’ inborn motivation to be socially connected. Learning our babies’ cues to start, continue, and stop interacting helps us to be in tune during feeding, playtime, and sleep routines. Participants in this live online class will be able to identify and apply easy, every day practices that:
  • Develop and strengthen cooperative relationships with your infants and toddlers
  • Help older siblings and babysitters to participate in your baby’s routines
  • Prevent challenging behaviors of older siblings by practicing kindness in routines that make for a peaceful home
This FREE live online parenting class is designed for parents of infants and toddlers.
Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group  in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

See list of all upcoming Peace at Home Parenting webinars >

The Key to Handling Difficult Behaviors of Children on the Autism Spectrum

by Aaron WeintraubMS

Register FREE now for
“Helping Children with ADHD and Autism to Connect and
Cooperate Beta Test” on
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM EDT

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I have worked with many families of children with autism and ADHD over the years and there is one thing that they all struggle with.

How do I know which behaviors are typical child behaviors and which are beyond their control?

In other words:

Which of my child’s behaviors are developmental and which are related to their diagnosis?

Little girl showing set of emotions or expressions on face with cartoons

Parents feel a tremendous amount of guilt around figuring out when they should set behavioral boundaries and when to respond with acceptance and accommodations to meet their child’s sensory or attachment needs. If you enforce a boundary there is the fear that you’ve punished your child for a behavior beyond their control, and if you accommodate there is the concern that you may have let your child get away with a behavior that will not serve them well in their relationships and may escalate. Unfortunately, difficult behaviors associated with the neurotypical stages of child development and those related to the way your child’s diagnosis presents intersect in such a complicated way that it is likely to be impossible to sort them out. So there answer is to sidestep the difficult decision of whether to dig in your heels or accommodate by using these five steps:

Step 1: Validate
Begin by acknowledging and validating your child’s emotion without any qualifiers.

“I can see that you are angry/frustrated/sad right now.”

This helps your child recognize their emotion and models the expressive language to share their feelings.

Step 2: Offer Bounded Choices
Tell them what they CAN do. Offer two choices, one of which is the preferred behavior and the other which is an acceptable alternative that honors their sensory needs.

“You can either play the game with the group, or you can sit here in the shade and cheer them on.”

Step 3: Reinforce
Look for the opportunity to offer positive reinforcement for your child’s choice. Model language in a way that helps them to process the interaction.

“I appreciate that even though you are hot and tired you stayed with the group and cheered everyone on and then rejoined when you felt settled.”

Step: 4: Logical Consequences
If your child understands, but has not chosen either the preferred behavior or accommodation, there is a good chance you are dealing with a good ol’ behavioral issue. In this case your child may be looking for boundaries and it is important to provide them in a logical way.

Step 5: Give Yourself a Break
Unless you are a mind reader of exceptional ability there is no way to be sure you have reacted perfectly to your child’s needs. What you can do is follow your instinct, keep looking for new ideas, and learn from past experiences. Relax. You’re doing the best you can.

By doing your best to stay calm and following the steps above, you can help improve your child’s behavior on the autism spectrum and decrease tantrums and outbursts.

 

EAT, PLAY, SLEEP: Helping Babies Connect in Positive Ways

PRESENTER: JoAnn Robinson, PhD

eat play sleep and possiWe will review creating routines that work and consider how rhythmic talking and songs are connected to babies’ inborn motivation to be socially connected. Learning our babies’ cues to start, continue, and stop interacting helps us to be in tune during feeding, playtime, and sleep routines.

Participants in this live online class will be able to identify and apply easy, every day practices that:

register for free parenting class

  • Develop and strengthen cooperative relationships with your infants and toddlers
  • Help older siblings and babysitters to participate in your baby’s routines
  • Prevent challenging behaviors of older siblings by practicing kindness in routines that make for a peaceful home

This live online parenting class is designed for parents of infants and toddlers.

Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Please register for ‘ Emotional Intelligence: Teach and Model’

register for free parenting classEmotional intelligence increases children’s self-worth and cooperation, improves communication and strengthens the parent-child connection. Family conflict decreases with strong emotional intelligence and it impacts all of your child’s future relationships. This webinar will provide parents with concrete tools to strengthen their own emotional intelligence and that of their children.

This class is designed for parents of children ages 2 – 12 years old. Following the class you will be invited to join our private Facebook group in which you will have access to a community of caring parents like you, working to apply new parenting approaches. Our Peace At Home Parenting Facebook community will be a place to share challenges and successes. You will also have ongoing regular contact with Ruth Freeman, webinar trainer, through the Facebook community.

In addition, you will receive access to free monthly “Question and Answer” sessions in which you will be coached in applying the skills you learned in Peace at Home webinars and again you will connect with other parents working to improve skills.

Please register for ‘ FREE Q&A Session with Ruth’

 Q&A Sessions are free for all parents and caregivers who participated in one of our live online parenting classes. Participants will have a chance to ask questions about the new approaches they are practicing as well as other issues if time allows. They will have a chance to connect with other parents, share challenges, and celebrate successes. Register now!
If you have not ever attended a webinar of Ruth’s, take a look at upcoming classes and join one today so you too can participate in her periodic FREE Q&A Sessions!