WORKSHOP

Workshops and Seminars on Positive Parenting

 

What they say about PARENTING is true – hard work wrapped in a bundle of job dipped in bliss. Parenting is a quick path to one’s own maturity. Children are not born with a MANUAL. Parents raise their children based on how they were raised or how they feel they should have been raised.

 

Sometimes this is successful, and sometimes it is not. By deciding to improve and enhance your parenting skills, you are taking an important step in becoming a better parent. Positive Parenting workshops offer parents the opportunity to learn new strategies and concepts about parenting that they can use in their everyday family life.

 

Some parents may want to participate in these workshops because their child is disrespectful, does not follow directions, or has other behavioral problems. Other parents can benefit from enhancing their parenting skills.

 

These workshops can be beneficial in helping your children believe in themselves, discovering and nurturing their inner potential, preparing them to know themselves, their strengths, their weaknesses, their likes and dislikes, so that they are empowered to make better choices. The focus is on building loving boundaries and effective communication.

 

Workshop 1 - How is your child Smart?

 

The essence of Parenting is not in knowing how smart your child is but in knowing how your child is smart?

 

Workshop Objectives

 

Understanding the concept of Multiple Intelligences

Discovering your child's dominant intelligence and innate potential

Learning how to further enhance and utilize your child's intelligences

Career Counseling based on your child’s MI

Overview of the workshop

 

What makes someone smart? What's real intelligence? Unfortunately for many years we have measured our children's intelligence by their academic performance, more so by the marks they score in class. But that is a very limited way of measuring one’s intelligence.

 

This workshop will give you insight into the path breaking work of Prof. Howard Gardner on Multiple Intelligences. Gardner questioned the idea that intelligences could be measured by IQ tests alone and discovered that each child possesses eight different kinds of intelligences and we as parents need to unleash the natural strengths of our children.

 

Workshop 2 - How to raise your child's Self Esteem?

 

“Children may become exactly what you expect them to become.”

 

Workshop Objectives

 

To understand the concept of self-fulfilling prophecy

To understand how our beliefs and expectations can make or break a child

To learn to use self-fulfilling prophecy effectively in order to raise your child's self esteem

Overview of the workshop

 

Usually, whatever we think about our children is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Parents are like a mirror, reflecting back their child’s self-image. What your child sees is what he will become. Self fulfilling prophecy they say is the notion that a false but widely believed prediction could become true, simply because enough people believed in it.

 

Very often we as parents label our children with statements like “He is such a picky eater", "My son is too timid to fight back the bullies at school", "She is very stubborn just like her father” or “She is too shy." What you think of your child is what he/she will think of himself/herself. Spend some time to notice the labels you have given your child. Are they positive or negative? Are they accurate and fair? Does it define your child correctly?

 

Beliefs or expectations like these, whether correct or not, affect the outcome of a situation or the way a child would actually behave. This relates to the concept, called the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy (SFP), developed by Robert K. Merton to explain how our belief or expectation from a child, affects how the child will actually behave in future. Can we learn to become conscious of the signals that we send out unconsciously? Can we use these signals favorably in order to raise the self esteem of our children?

Through this workshop, you will explore how SFP is an invisible force always working in the environment in which a child grows up and how this can be used consciously and effectively to the benefit of your child.

 

Workshop 3 - Know your Parenting Style

“Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you” ~Robert Fulghum

 

Workshop Objectives

 

  • To learn about Parenting Styles
  • To recognize your dominant Parenting style
  • To identify the effect, positive or negative, of your current parenting style on your child
  • To develop a positive parenting style to bring out the desired outcome

 

Overview of the workshop

 

Research has found that when a child experiences an authoritative style of parenting, the child has a greater chance than their peers of being socially responsible, independent and competent (Baumrind, 1991a, 1991b; Baumrind & Black, 1967).

 

In a study where parents of gifted children used an authoritative style of parenting, the children had low levels of frustration and exhibited high levels of creativity (Christian & Snowden, 1999, Herman and Shantz,1983). The workshop will give you an insight into unleashing your parenting style and will also help you discover the following:-

 

What is the parent's job?

 

  • Is it to make children behave and to obey authority and rules?
  • Is it to provide constant supervision/structured rules so children will act/choose ‘right?’
  • Is it to teach children the life skills they need in order to be self-disciplined, responsible adults?
  • Is it to let children learn the proper skills and behavior on their own?

 

Some of the other topics covered under our workshops are

 

How to handle children with behavioral problems?

 

Learn how to deal with children who have learning and/or emotional difficulties. These workshops are especially helpful because parenting children with special needs can be twice as hard and many parents need the required help to manage their family life well.

 

Handling Power Struggles with your children:

 

Learn how to recognize and disengage from a power struggle and what to do to lessen them in the future.

 

Effective Parent-Teen Communication:

 

Parents of adolescents and teenagers also experience a greater deal of frustration and stress because, as we know, children at this crucial stage tend to distance themselves from parents, question authority, and are naturally curious and impulsive. Parenting workshops that help parenting teenagers educate parents to help them understand what their teens are going through and how to best approach or communicate with them.

 

Parenting as a Team:

 

  • Discover the underlying causes of couple’s disagreements on parenting and learn how to create peaceful resolutions.
  • What to do when you’re Kids Drive You Crazy!:
  • Learn some alternatives to nagging, yelling and threatening and how to model self-control.
  • Balancing Love and Discipline
  • Introduces the concept of firm and kind, unconditional love and how to set loving boundaries to inculcate self discipline.

 

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