Live Class

Approaching the Admissions Process

March 8, 2022 8:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Join us for this expert led live class. A recording of the class with handouts will be available once the class is complete.

College acceptance and rejections are an emotional roller coaster of anticipation, elation, and disappointment. If you remember trying to guess the contents of your college decision envelope by how thick it was, some things have changed. While college decisions may be delivered through email, web portals, or even instagram now, the emotional experience is the same. How do you prepare them and how do you prepare yourself? After this class you will be able to:

  • Support your child navigate the big emotions of the application process
  • Make decisions about the next steps
  • Determine when college is not the next step
Ages
Teens & Young Adults
Tags
communication independence school
Live Class

School Success

February 8, 2022 8:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Join us for this expert led live class. A recording of the class with handouts will be available once the class is complete.

Does your child seem unmotivated, stressed or just bored when it comes to school? Do you play homework police instead of connecting positively with your child? Are you confused about what will really help? 

Many parents feel overwhelmed or out of the loop when it comes to their kids’ education. How can you nurture your child’s education and support engagement in learning? This class will help support your child’s learning and motivation in ways that work. You will discover how to advocate in meaningful ways when necessary. 

After this class you will be able to: 

● Recognize and address your child’s progress and needs 

● Partner with your child and, as needed, your child’s teacher to set up successful homework practices 

● Apply simple, practical methods of inspiring your child’s motivation without taking over

● Identify when and how to contact a teacher about your child’s school challenges 

Ages
School Age
Tags
cooperation discipline independence school
Recorded Class

Schools and Families Working Together Towards Success

December 13, 2021 8:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

When schools and parents are on the same page, children learn social emotional skills more easily. Learn how teachers and families can coordinate about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming at school and how you can help each other find solutions that work for children in your school community.

After this session, educators and families will be able to:

  • Identify and apply tools to work together to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Identify examples of practical SEL skill building activities for early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school levels that help families and schools to effectively collaborate
Ages
School Age
Tags
family motivation school
Recorded Class

Yum! Brands Exclusive: Build Confidence with Feedback that Works

September 28, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for Yum! Brands. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

The way we praise children affects how they see themselves. The language we use can actually help or hinder their desire to learn and their level of effort, as well as their ability to stick with a challenging task. You might be surprised to learn that telling your child how smart they are can actually decrease effort. Research tells us that we can help even discouraged children cope with frustration and see failure as an opportunity to learn rather than giving up. Use specific, powerful feedback to encourage your child to take appropriate risks and feel more confident to try new things. 

After this class, you will be able to: 

● Explain to your child how their brains change when they try new things 

● Give feedback using language that supports your child’s self-worth and enthusiasm for learning 

● Coach your child back to confidence after a failure 

● Recognize areas in your life where your own fixed thinking may affect your child’s behavior and self-worth 

Ages
School Age
Tags
communication cooperation independence school
Recorded Class

Skillsoft Exclusive: Raise Happy Children: Parenting for Optimism and Resilience

December 2, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for Skillsoft. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Parents sometimes feel discouraged when their children want more toys, the newest technology or the coolest sneakers that they believe will make them really happy. And maybe those things will work…for a few hours or a couple of days. What really makes our kids happy? How often do we get caught up in what media tells us will bring joy into our lives?

Research tells us that “things” don’t really make us happy. While temperament is inborn, parents can actually help children increase optimism (positive outlook and hopefulness) and resilience (ability to effectively bounce back from challenges). These capacities are strongly connected to well-being and success. You will examine your day to day interactions and consider approaches that will increase these important traits in yourself and your children. You will also gain the courage to set limits on “stuff” and focus on what counts in building a happy family.

Ages
School Age
Tags
communication cooperation health independence rules school teen safety
Recorded Class

Back to School With Optimism and Joy

August 25, 2021 8:15 pm EDT

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class. Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Parents can take steps to ease their school age children—and themselves—back into the school year with a positive attitude. Help your family develop effective routines, positive connections, and healthy stress-coping skills. Learn strategies to help the whole family approach online or in-person learning at school with excitement rather than worry.
After this class, you will be able to:

  • Apply strategies to manage your stress around the start of the school year as a parent and teach these strategies to your children
  • Motivate your children to develop healthy habits that support positive mental health and well-being, as well as academic learning
  • Develop playful routines that will support a positive transition  
  • Create connections with teachers and administrators at your child’s school to strengthen their sense of belonging 

Ages
School Age
Tags
behavior communication concerns homework school
Recorded Class

Back to School: Support Your Child with Special Needs (The Hartford)

September 30, 2020 12:00 pm EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for The Hartford.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Uncertainty about school plans can be extra hard on children with special needs who thrive on consistency and routine. Uncertain times in the outside world makes at-home routines, communication, boundaries, and connection even more important.  

In this class you will learn what you can do to create a safe, supportive home environment to give your child the calm center they need to navigate an uncertain world. You will also learn important tips on how to communicate with your child’s school team to make sure your child is getting the support they need to learn and feel safe and happy. 

Class participants will be able to: 

  • Identify practical approaches to be a calm center for your child even if they are struggling  
  • Recognize what you can and cannot control in your child’s world 
  • Develop the ability to match your expectations to your child’s capacities and your family’s circumstances 
  • Define “achievable and sustainable” goals and work with your child to create a learning plan together 
  • Identify and apply strategies to help your child stay on track and ways to celebrate progress 
  • Apply strategies to partner effectively with your child’s teacher and support services staff ● Recognize the importance of building a support network 
Ages
School Age
Tags
add adhd school school transition special needs
Recorded Class

Parents of Toddlers and Preschoolers: Frazzled About Choices? (The Hartford)

September 22, 2020 12:00 am EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for The Hartford.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Let’s Talk about Care and Education Options. Do you feel uncertain about whether fall 2020 is the time for your young child to be in a classroom learning environment? Are you torn between the benefits of what social stimulation and creative teachers can do for your child and protecting your family from community spread? Did you find your child enjoyed online learning but want to do something more this fall? 

For decades, small numbers of parents of young children have joined forces to provide some of the benefits of classrooms in early care and education centers. But how to proceed when there are so many possibilities? Join us in this class on assessing and planning for your young child’s care and education experiences. In this class you will learn about: 

  • How to think about your education values for your children 
  • Well-understood models for education young children outside of classrooms 
  • What are the financial costs vs. time benefits for parents of these approaches 
  • How do you get started in finding resources to help get something off the ground 

Early childhood cooperatives have sprung up out of parents with shared values banning together to share teaching and care responsibilities. However, other options also exist from high cost nannies to shared cost, microschools, to loving, lower cost family day care homes, to learning from home with resources from public schools. 

Ages
Toddlers & Preschoolers
Tags
emotions school
Recorded Class

Learning From Home: Make it a Successful Experience (The Hartford)

September 16, 2020 12:00 am EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for The Hartford.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

You want to support your child and don’t feel prepared or qualified?  

Looking back at last spring and don’t want to become the nagger again?  

Hoping there is a better way?  

This class is for you. Your child will likely participate in distance learning and you want to support them without being in charge of the instruction. This class will help you make sure they have what they need and are engaged in learning.  

After this class you will be able to: 

  • Recognize the difference between support and instruction 
  • Identify goals for learning 
  • Inspire motivation in your child 
  • Apply learning strategies outside of the standard curriculum 
  • Apply effective communication that will support and inspire your child 
Ages
Parenting Essentials PreNatal Infant School Age Teens & Young Adults Toddlers & Preschoolers
Tags
routines school
Recorded Class

Back to School in 2020: What Are My Options and What is Best for My Child? (The Hartford)

September 3, 2020 12:00 am EDT/EST

Challenges & Solutions

Previously hosted live class exclusively for The Hartford.  Access the recording and handouts by clicking on the Course Lesson below.

Back to school is upon us and you’re still not sure how to proceed or you’re unhappy with your initial choice. If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that there is no need to rush into schooling. This is a dynamic learning environment and your school age, tween or teen student can thrive. In this class we will talk about how to approach school and learning in 2020. Don’t worry if you feel stuck – you always have choices. 

After this class you will be able to: 

  • Recognize your options including distance learning, home schooling, education pods and remote learning while others are “live” in school 
  • Identify considerations for your child and family in order to analyze options and make a choice 
  • Apply strategies that will keep your family agile in thinking about school and adjusting approaches 
  • Plan with your family and take next steps 
Ages
School Age Teens & Young Adults
Tags
school school success school transition