Parent Training

Imagine evenings unspoiled by battles about homework. Imagine your child becoming a confident student who is eager to learn. Imagine replacing power struggles with open lines of respectful communication. Imagine finding simple pleasures in time spent together as a family without the stressors of modern life intruding.

 

Ms. Hawe combines her skills as a classroom teacher, executive function coach, certified Simplicity Parenting coach, and facilitator of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen workshops to create transformative parent training workshops that will launch your parenting to the next level. 

 

Workshops can be customized to meet the needs of your parenting group, community center, or school PTA. Or join our mailing list to find out about upcoming parenting workshops offered throughout Long Island. 

What are you interested in?
Homework Without Tears
Help Your Child Develop Resiliency, Organization, and Time Management 

Today’s world of hectic schedules, information overload, and high expectations demands that our children be masters at time management, organization, planning, and flexibility. Recent research has shown just how crucial these executive function skills are to future academic, career, and life success. This workshop will present parents with an overview of executive function skills and explore strategies parents can use at home to end the nightly homework battle while helping their children develop these essential skills.

Encouraging a Growth Mindset
Discover How Effective Praise Develops Intrinsic Motivation and Resiliency in the Face of Failure

Explore how Carol Dweck's research on motivation can fundamentally change how you talk to your children, and as a result, change how they see themselves. Simple shifts in how we praise our children can boost confidence and academic achievement while teaching resiliency in the face of challenges. This workshop is applicable to parents of all ages as well as athletic coaches, daycare providers, and anyone else who works with children and teenagers. 

Encouraging Readers
Create a Culture of Literacy at Home

This workshop will equip parents with an extensive toolkit to draw from to support their children's development as readers at home. Topics that will be covered include reading levels and selecting a "just right" book, encouraging reluctant readers, developing reading habits, strategies to use when helping struggling readers, carving out time for reading, how to talk to a child about a book you haven't read, and making reading a family tradition. Parents will have opportunities to role play in order to practice the techniques being introduced. All participants will receive a packet with helpful tips and resources.

Coaching Writers
How to Support Your Child's Writing Development Without Doing the Assignment Yourself

Parents often complain about their child's lack of grammar or organization in written work, but how they respond varies widely in approach and effectiveness. Some parents cover the paper in red ink for the child to correct, others rewrite it themselves, and still others make a blanket statement about carelessness and leave it at that. We will discuss how parents can be most effective during the revision and editing process and practice strategies that don't include rewriting the assignment themselves. Parents will learn how to use graphic organizers and other strategies to support and motivate struggling writers. The workshop will conclude with ideas and resources for inviting writing outside of school, finding authentic audiences for children's writing, and improving grammar and vocabulary.

Finding a Balance with Technology Use
Align Technology Use with Family Values and Child Development Theory

Technology seems to have infiltrated every aspect of our lives, but at what cost? This workshop will explore the most recent research on the positive and negative effects of technology on children. Participants will be challenged to consider how their own family values align or conflict with the technology use in their homes. Finally, we will explore simple ideas and procedures for implementing change regarding technology use that make our children partners in our efforts. 

Partnering with Teachers
Effectively Communicate With Your Child's Teachers to Help Your Child Succeed

Establishing open lines of respectful and honest communication with your child's teachers is essential to your child's success in school, yet many parents are at a loss on how best to do this. Ms. Hawe brings her perspective as a former classroom teacher to help parents navigate this tricky area. Participants will explore how much involvement is too much or too little, the best ways to approach teachers about difficult issues, and ways to help our children become their own advocates. 

Simplicity Parenting
Finding Alternatives to Too Much, Too Fast, Too Soon

As a certified Simplicity Parenting Coach, Ms. Hawe is thrilled to offer this transformative workshop based on the best-selling book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne. This seven session workshop will give you a blueprint for simplifying your home environment, establishing rhythms and rituals, simplifying schedules, and filtering out the adult world. Through a series of small, doable changes, you will enjoy a schedule that reflects your values, feelings of greater connection between family members, and children who are free to simply be kids. Kim John Payne's research suggests that this simplification process can dramatically reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHD and other behavioral disorders. In addition to the seven-part series, an introductory workshop or workshops focused on individual topics can also be arranged. 

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen
Replace Power Struggles with Respectful Dialogue

This workshop is based on the highly acclaimed book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Over the course of six sessions, parents will learn tools for helping children deal with their feelings, engaging cooperation, alternatives to punishment, encouraging autonomy, praise, and freeing children from playing roles. Each session includes role-playing practice and opportunities for parents to troubleshoot issues they have been having and plan changes they will implement at home. The individual session topics can also be presented in separate workshops or adapted to meet your individual needs. 

Teaching Self-Regulation and Flexibility
Helping Your Child Navigate and Manage Big Emotions

The frontal lobe of the brain is responsible for the important executive function skills of self-regulation and flexibility. Your toddler or even your teen's emotional outbursts might be a little easier to understand once you know that the frontal lobe of the brain isn't fully developed until well after the teen years. This workshop will introduce parents to strategies they can use to support their child in developing flexibility and self-regulation skills in academic and social settings.  

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