Interactive Workshops

Top Picks


Peace at Home designs live interactive workshops around the building blocks of what science tells us helps children thrive and reach their full potential. We design every topic with our Parenting Principles in mind, including ways parents can form more meaningful connections with their children and reduce their own stress in the process. Here are some of our most popular topics this year:

Interactive Workshops

Take the Stress Out of Parenting
Parents are less stressed when their kids cooperate. Children are more cooperative when they feel positively connected with their parents. Gain the communication and discipline skills you need to create the calm, joyful family you really want.
Positive Discipline for Peace at Home
Are you raising your voice too often and wishing for more patience? Are you concerned that you are too strict or too easy? Do you sometimes think there must be a better way? You are not alone.
Be Your Child’s Calm Center: How to Stay Calm When Your Child is Stressed
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your child’s big emotions or challenging behaviors? Do you find yourself struggling to stay calm? You are not alone. Human beings are built to reflect each other’s emotions. When our children display intense feelings and behaviors, our brains naturally reflect those. You probably start to feel stressed, angry, fearful, or overwhelmed just like your kids. And you can’t help your child solve their problem or manage their behaviors if your own brain is stressed. So what can you do differently? You will learn practical strategies to help you be a calm center for your child’s emotional world.
Sugar, Screens, and Routines: Find the Right Balance for Your Family
When you just need time to get things done, extending kids’ screen time seems like an easy fix. Maybe you just agree to another treat so your child will give you some peace. These small habits may result in less cooperation, calm, and even happiness in your family. These small habits, however, can become patterns that lead to more problems. Let’s talk about some other approaches that work. Daily schedules are busy and parents are coping with more and more demands. A recent report tells us that 66% of working parents are experiencing “parental burnout.” Sadly this is happening at the same time as a mental health crisis among our children and teens. Shortcuts like more screen time and sugar might be considered “parenting hacks.” And they work in the moment. However, in the long run, they often result in less cooperation, calm, and even happiness in your family. Sugar and screens are associated with pleasure. We adults use these solutions to get through the day as well. What’s the problem? We are learning that the biology of pleasure is actually in contrast to the biology of happiness. We do a lot of things that make us feel good in the moment but don’t lead to happiness or a sense of well-being. Kids look to us to help them know how to feel about the world. Are we passing on quick hits of pleasure habits that lead to happiness?
Social Media: When to Hover and When to Step Back
Are you concerned that your kids are spending too much time online? Do your kids use social media and the Surgeon’ General’s report has got your worried? You’re not alone. Let’s talk.
Mental Health Essentials for Parents: Knowledge and Skills to Support Your Child
The parent-child relationship is the most powerful mental health intervention known to humankind. - Bessel van der Kolk, MD All children are sad, anxious, irritable, or angry at times. Occasionally, they may find it challenging to keep agreements, focus on tasks, or interact with others. In most cases, these are just typical phases in their development. However, these behaviors may indicate a more serious problem. Without attention, mental health conditions can prevent children from reaching their full potential. Whether you want to prevent future issues, your child just doesn’t seem like their usual self, or you have significant concerns, the good news is that you can help. This workshop highlights the nature of stress as it relates to children, the impact of family conflict, and the power of connection and joy. Without recognizing that certain behaviors tell a story about your child’s unmet needs or the mismatch between our expectations and our kids’ capacities, it’s easy to miss important signs and symptoms. Sometimes we even make things worse in our efforts to remedy the problems.
Anxious Children: What Really Helps?
Your child may be struggling with anxiety. And you may feel frustrated and helpless. You are not alone, and there are proven strategies you can use to help your anxious child.
Who Owns the Problem? Hint, it's not you. How to Teach Problem Solving and Resilience
When you recognize who “owns” a problem, you can determine who is responsible for solving it. Once you know which problems are yours to solve and which problems are your child’s responsibility to solve, life gets a lot easier and you are on your way to raising a problem solver.
Talking to Teens: Communication for Connection and Safety
Studies show that youth who feel they can talk with their parents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as promiscuity, using substances, violence, etc. However, it’s easy to have breakdowns when talking with teens, especially about their struggles. Many of us want to help our kids to feel better and even fix their problems…which actually doesn’t help. This class will help you recognize barriers to connecting positively and apply strategies that will improve your communication during this confusing developmental stage.
Executive Function Challenges in Teens: How it Impacts Academics and How You Can Help
This workshop will walk you through what executive function (EF) skills are and how they may be impacting your teen. We’ll offer evidence-informed strategies your teen can start implementing right away to improve academic performance.
Bullying: Relationships Matter
This workshop will provide you with tools your child needs to navigate difficult situations with confidence.
Let’s Get on the Same Page: Practical Steps to Resolve Parenting Style Conflicts
Parenting differences between partners can be helpful, but over time those conflicting parenting styles can become problematic. Join us to learn how to peacefully resolve parenting conflicts and get on the same page. Each of us grows up in a unique family and when we come together as a couple, we don’t usually talk about our parenting beliefs until children are actually on the scene. Unfortunately, different parenting styles can cause undue stress on a marriage. But there are practical strategies you can use to get on the same page with your partner about common parenting disagreements. Join us to understand conflicting parenting styles and learn how to resolve your conflicts as a team.
Mealtimes: End the Power Struggles
Family meals are associated with school success, lower rates of teen problems and an assortment of positive outcomes. Yet, parents find it hard to keep consistent mealtimes and often mistakenly use feeding and mealtimes to try to enforce healthy eating through unhealthy means. This class will provide parents best practices for feeding children that support both health and family connections.
School Attendance: Don't Let School Become Optional
For anxious kids, absences reinforce the child's worries. For others, it's easy to want to give kids a break but a casual attitude about attendance can actually create long term problems. We’ll discuss the importance of the school experience and how to help your child embrace it, even when it's difficult.
Help Your Child Cope with Grief and Loss
Kids grieve differently than adults, but they experience the same wide range of strong emotions that adults feel. While there is no one size fits all approach, there are strategies and tips you can use to help your child cope. In this interactive workshop, you'll connect with a Peace At Home expert to get answers to your questions about this tough issue.

Meet your Instructors

Ruth Freeman

Mental Health, School Age, Relationships,


Amy Alamar

School, Teens, Relationships,


Aaron Weintraub

Autism, Anxiety, ADHD,

MS, Curriculum Advisor

Tanika Eaves

Infants, Birth, Relationships,


Sophie Hornick

Medical issues, Hospitalization, Grief/Loss,


Susan Schaefer

Education, School Success, Executive Function,

M.Ed., M.A.T.
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