Parenting is an incredibly difficult job, that requires us to give more of ourselves than we thought possible. It simultaneously requires you to think about the present moment, as well as twenty years in the future.
There is no “right way” to parent, but there are some techniques that might help. Kids are ever changing and growing, and are constantly challenging our strategies and often our sanity. While you might feel like you have nowhere to turn and you just have to power through until age 18; you may be surprised in what some strategizing with support and changing a few habits or thought forms can do for you and your family.
We use a combination of the following to offer you new tools and strategies:
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Theory
Collaborative Problem Solving
Concepts from “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk” Books and workshops
Understanding of children’s physical, emotional, and cognitive development
Experience with many different types of children, parents, and home environments
And a lot of Humor!
Like all our services, we can create a plan to address whatever you want to work on. There is no "one perfect way" to parent a child. Each child is different, just as each parent is different, so that means each intervention and solution needs to fit the situation.
Interested in hands-on group learning?
myFIRE Studios offers:
How to Talk so Kids Will Listen
(and Listen so Kids will Talk!)
This group is currently run by request. Host this workshop (for a group of at least 6 or more) at the time of year and dates that work for you!
The workshop can be held at your school, office, or group space or can be held at the myFIRE Studios office
Contact us to discuss program fees and how to get started!
The goal of the How to Talk So Kids Will Listen™ workshop, based on the books by the award winning authors Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, is to give you practical, effective methods of communication that will make your relationship with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. You will learn how to:
Discipline without hurting or alienating
Cope with your child’s negative feelings
Engage your child’s willing cooperation
Help your child develop a positive self-image
Foster an atmosphere of love and respect
Resolve conflicts peacefully
The 6 sessions cover:
Helping Children Deal With Their Feelings
Specific skills that help children to recognize and cope with their feelings of disappointment, envy, frustration, resentment, anger, etc. Ways to accept children’s feelings, limit unacceptable behavior, and still maintain goodwill.
Looking at how children react to the usual methods to get them to cooperate: threats, warnings, orders, name-calling, sarcasm, lecturing, etc. Five ways to invite cooperation that will leave parents and children feeling good.
Alternatives to Punishment
Alternatives to punishment that enable parents to express their strong disapproval as well as encourage children to assume responsibility for their behavior.
Ways to help children become separate, responsible people who can one day function on their own. Specific skills that help children to develop their own inner resources.
An exploration of the kinds of praise that build a positive and realistic self-image (and the types that do not.) A variety of ways to help our children become aware of their strengths so that they can put them into action.
Freeing Children from Playing Roles
A look at how children are sometimes cast into roles (bully, whiner, mischief-maker, clown, etc.) and how we can free them from playing out these roles. Six skills that you can use to help children see themselves in a different and more positive light.
Workshop is provided in a multi-modal approach, using video, role-play, discussion, and interactive activities.