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Watch the videos as many times as you want (each is less than 20 minutes).

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Take one step at a time and celebrate your progress!

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. Children and teens may express their emotions differently and it helps to recognize the many ways their grief may show up.

While there is no one size fits all approach, there are strategies and tips you can use to help your child cope. In this quick video, you'll learn tangible ways to allow kids to explore their feelings and remember their loved one.

After this workshop, you will be able to:   

  • Apply child-friendly language when sharing difficult news
  • Identify the ways that children understand death in each developmental stage
  • Recognize common reactions that children display in response to grief and loss
  • Apply practical and supportive ways to help your child cope with the challenges of loss
Back to Work with Baby

Many parents worry that going back to work will be hard on their new baby or even harm their connection. This class will share the latest information from experts about how to make the most of your time with your baby to connect and help them feel close and safe.

Better Behavior from Your Toddler or Preschooler

Tantrums happen a lot when children are young and we’d all like to know what we can do to help. This class will help you to understand why your kid’s anger, sadness, or disappointment can cause meltdowns, what you can do to help while meltdowns are happening, and how to help them happen less.

ABC’s of Potty-Training: Part 1 – Get Ready!

Thinking about starting potty training with your toddler? This flash class is for you.  

You’ll learn about three keys to getting your family ready to start:  

  • Signs that your child is ready to learn a potty routine
  • How to assess your readiness to start this process
  • How to promote a cooperative relationship with your child that will promote success.  

ABC’s of Potty Training: Part 2 – Get Going!

Have you watched “ABC's of potty-Training Part 1 - Get Ready!” and decided your family is ready? Then this class is for you. We'll review important choices you need to make in order to get going. And we will guide you through the process of creating a sustainable potty learning routine. We'll also look ahead and offer solutions to challenges you and your child may face.

Be Your Child’s Emotions Coach

A better relationship with your child starts with helping them to understand and talk about their own feelings and the feelings of others. This skill is called “emotional intelligence” and it helps them to feel better about themselves and grow closer to you. As you help your child to develop more emotional intelligence it will naturally lead to less arguing and misbehaviors at home and help them to have stronger relationships throughout their life.

Help Your Child to Care More and Do Better in School
  • Does your child seem uninterested, 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’ school. This class will give you ways to help your child to care more and do better in school. You will learn how to work with your child’s school and to speak up when they need you to. 

After this class you will be able to: 

  • Recognize where your child needs help and how to help them
  • Work with your child and their teacher to stop arguing about homework and get it done
  • Use simple, practical ways of getting your child to care about school without taking over 
  • Know when and how to get in touch with a teacher about your child’s school challenges 
Kids Listen Best When Parents are Playful

Playfulness opens your child’s brain to learning and cooperation. In this class you will learn how and why this works. You will also learn easy ways to make daily routines fun and how playfulness can help during hard times.

Family Rules and Routines for Better Behavior

Children are happiest when they know what to expect. Arguments and misbehaviors often start when they feel that a rule is unfair or unexpected. When you talk about family rules and routines together as a family, it helps everyone feel better about what to expect even when they don’t get exactly what they want. 

In this class you will:

  • Learn the difference between rules and routines and how they work together to keep your household happy and safe
  • How to create rules and routines as a family
  • Ways of encouraging your child help them cooperate
How to Bring Out the Best in Your Child

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. We can help.  After this class you will know how to:

  • Try something different when things get tough with your child. 
  • Use new ways to help your child listen better and feel good about themselves
  • Enjoy family time more
Peer Pressure and Bullying: What Helps

Bullying is a topic of concern in schools across the country. With convenient access to digital devices and social media, hurtful messages are easily spread. Adding to the distress, kids can post harmful messages with anonymity, ease, and without a real-time reaction from the victim. In addition, children increasingly look to peers for direction including values, identity, and codes of behavior.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of emotional intelligence and how to help your child develop it
  • Apply strategies to help your child form positive peer relationships
  • Understand the role of brain development in peer pressure
  • Recognize bullying in its many forms
  • Know what you can do to protect your child
Coping with Hospitalization: Techniques and Tips

Staying in the hospital can be a stressful and frightening experience for kids and families. It is often new, unfamiliar, and unpredictable. Learn coping strategies and helpful hints to make hospitalization a bit less scary.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Recognize root causes of your child’s challenging behaviors
  • Apply effective ways to help your child calm their brains
  • Identify and make plans to repair lagging social skills
  • Address unsolved problems that lead to harmful behavior
  • Identify ideas from the latest research that create room for strong, healthy relationships
Social Media: Safety and Red Flags

Finding a balance between protecting your child, and giving them the independence to learn and socialize online comes down to practicing safe online interactions and knowing the warning signs to watch out for. This class will give you the information you need to initiate honest and open conversations with your child about staying safe and the risks and benefits of the digital world in a way that communicates confidence and trust.

After this class you will be able to:

  • Identify Red flags to look for
  • Teach your child strategies for safe interactions
Mental Health Literacy for Parents: The Basics

Mental Health Literacy is the ability to prevent, recognize and cope with mental health conditions. Parents with Mental Health Literacy recognize that their own mental health affects their children’s well-being and that children’s behavior is sometimes a call for help. Because mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood, our children need us to understand the ways that we can help.

After this class you will be able to:

  • Define mental health literacy
  • Apply approaches that support good mental health
  • Define and recognize the importance of self-regulation and co-regulation
  • Recognize yellow and red flags with regard to mental health issues
  • Recognize and apply health habits that impact mental health
The Kids are Not Alright: 7 Steps to Make Your Home Their Safe Place

What can parents do that will really help to protect kids’ mental health? Make home a safe place. A really safe place. You might be thinking, What? Of course, our home is a safe place. Think again. Every day brings something new to worry over and the blurry lines between work and home can make it hard to leave your stress at the door. The good news is that the skills you need to manage the anxiety of work, home, and the world are the same.

After this class you will be able to:

  • Recognize how we create stress in our lives and its impact on our mind, our body and our family.
  • Apply 7 strategies built on decades of research to create a safe, peaceful home to help your children thrive
I Get so Annoyed!

It is easy to get frustrated with young children. This class will help you to understand how to keep cool when things get tough and how our own feelings can make it easier or harder for our kids to stay calm. 

This class will help you:

  • Get to know what sets you off
  • Calm your brain 
  • Create a schedule and habits that keep you calm even when your child is upset
Dad, Let’s Talk: Give Your Child the Attention They Crave

Finding your own nurturing style as a dad can be tricky. We all carry our own ideas about what fatherhood means, and these ideas are often influenced in part by our own experiences. Becoming aware of them helps us to decide what behaviors we want to pass on and which to leave behind. 

After this class you will be able to:

  • Decide what you want to carry on and leave behind from your own childhood
  • Find your own balance between playfulness and boundary setting
  • Understand what your child’s behaviors are communicating about their needs
How to Worry Less and Enjoy Your Family More

You may have noticed that since the pandemic started, you and your kid are more stressed than ever before. Taking the time to think about what is really important when it comes to your child and learning some new ways to connect can help keep you both calm and happy.

This class will help you learn:

  • How to talk and listen to your child in ways that build connection
  • What you can do to help your child learn to stay calm and manage big feelings
  • What to do when your child is acting out that will get more of the behavior you want and less of those you don’t.
ADHD and Autism: Help Your Child Thrive

Parenting a child with special social emotional needs can be challenging and rewarding. You may wonder how to best support your child’s development, behavior, and emotions. You may also feel stressed, overwhelmed, or isolated at times. You are not alone.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Learn how ADHD and Autism affect your child’s brain, body, and behavior
  • Provide structure, safety, and consistency for your child
  • Communicate and connect with your child in nonverbal ways
  • Use positive reinforcement and emotion coaching to shape your child’s behavior
  • Take care of yourself and find social support as a parent
Help Your Child with ADHD Listen Better

You don't have to go it alone. Being able to recognize the behavior as symptoms and having a clear plan about how to invite cooperation and respond to challenging behaviors will reduce your family stress and strengthen your child's positive behavior. Join with other parents facing similar struggles and create a plan that will work for your family. At the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Understand the most effective ways to set the stage for cooperation through carefully chosen wording and timing
  • Apply effective behavior support techniques combining clear communication and useful consequences when needed
Help Your Child (& You) Worry Less

Does any of this sound like your child?

  • Clinging, crying and/or tantrums when you separate
  • Excessive shyness, avoiding social situations
  • Constant worry
  • Avoiding situations or places because of fears
  • Complaints of frequent stomach aches or headaches
  • Sudden and frequent panic attacks

Your child may be struggling with anxiety. And you may feel frustrated and helpless. You are not alone. One in three children will experience an anxiety disorder before adulthood. Unless treated, many will grow up to be anxious adults. This class will help you better understand the nature of anxiety, refrain from reinforcing your child's distress by accommodating behaviors, and apply simple strategies to handle day to day challenges.

Talk to Your Teenager to Keep them Safe

When teens feel like they can talk to their parents they are less likely to take risks with sex, drugs, and violence. Talking isn’t lecturing and this class will strengthen your listening as well as talking skills in ways that will help protect your teens and maybe even save your sanity.

How to Get Your Teen to Behave Well and Listen

Parents often think that if you figure out what punishment will make your child miserable enough, they will then cooperate. You may be surprised to learn that research has shown that this is a myth. You can sometimes scare or threaten your child into following directions but you will not get improved behavior in the long run. This class will help you recognize the difference between rules and consequences, and punishment. You will also gain 5 practical strategies to teach better behavior to your tween or teen.

LGBTQ+: What Do All Those Letters Mean?

Not sure what the difference is between sexual orientation and gender identity?

Confused by terms your child might be using, like pansexual, queer, transgender, or nonbinary?

Feeling the need for some guidance about how to positively respond to your child?

There are many ways youth may be talking about their sexual orientation or gender identity that might be new or confusing for parents. Having a basic understanding of the words being used, along with some helpful ways to respond, can assist you in supporting your child. Participants in this class will be able to:

  • Identify the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Identify common LGBTQ identities and what they may mean for your child
  • Recognize and apply ways to respond to your child that are supportive 
  • Recognize responses to your child that are not helpful
How to Help Your LGBTQ+ Child Thrive

We hope our children will make healthy choices, form lasting, meaningful connections, and develop a strong, positive sense of self. In other words, we want them to thrive! LGBTQ+ youth face more risks to their well-being than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. Risks are even greater for people with low income and for people of color. The good news is that with the right information you can support your child through these obstacles.

After this class you will be able to:

  • Identify the increased risks faced by LGBTQ+ youth
  • Build a strong positive connection with your child that will help keep them safe 
  • Recognize signs of peer pressure and bullying
  • Recognize warning signs that your child needs more help