My workshops can benefit parents or anyone who works with children, and are a fun and ideal way to learn.  Parents can develop a deeper understanding of their own children's behaviors and development, and have a chance to learn progressive and positive parenting strategies in a dynamic, interactive environment. Families that hire nannies can use my workshops to improve the effectiveness of their nannies by increasing their understanding of misbehaviors and how to handle them in positive ways. For facilities that offer services to children such as daycares, schools, camps and extra-curricular activities, my workshops help increase customer satisfaction by improving the quality of relationships between staff and the children they serve.   

All of my workshops are custom-designed with your specific needs in mind, and include a wide variety of child development and behavior topics.  Workshops can be given in half-day blocks of 4 to 5 hours, or in several smaller sessions, and run in various locations.  Participants come away from each workshop with a full understanding of that specific topic, as well as concrete tools, skills and strategies they can begin applying immediately into their everyday lives  with children.


WORKSHOP TOPICS

A: A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDREN
(Ideal for parents, nannies, and any staff members working with children)

This workshop provides a motivational introduction and overview of the developmental stages of childhood, focusing on physical, cognitive, social-emotional, language, and play-friendship development.  Participants will learn how to translate this information into a better understanding of children's behaviors and needs, and will learn about contributors to child development.  Participants will also explore puzzling or worrisome behaviors in children, and are given hands-on techniques to help them identify, understand and deal with these.  A brief period of this workshop is reserved for exploring specific situations that participants may be encountering in their relationships with children.



B: SOCIAL GUIDANCE AND DISCIPLINE
(Ideal for parents, nannies, any staff members working with children)
This workshop addresses appropriate ways to set limits for children and guide the development of their social skills.  Participants will have the opportunity to consider appropriate and inappropriate strategies for non-punitive guidance and discipline, and will explore these in a hands-on manner.  Topics covered include: discipline solutions and techniques that do not include punishment of any kind; achieving the child's cooperation without power struggles and "battles"; understanding and dealing with tantrums and verbal or physical aggression; and using appropriate conflict-resolution techniques.  This workshop concludes with a discussion of real-life situations encountered by participants, followed by the exploration of hands-on tools and methods that will bring about  more successful results in such situations.


C: RESPONSIVE CAREGIVING: UNDERSTANDING TEMPERAMENT
(Ideal for parents, nannies, any staff members working with children)

In this session, participants will explore the concept of  "responsive caregiving".  Members will learn how this type of care impacts their relationships with children, as well as the children's social-emotional development.  The three temperaments and their nine traits will be presented, so as to increase awareness of how to appropriately respond to each child's unique blend of temperament characteristics.  Participants will learn to identify and appropriately respond to the various temperaments of  either their own children or the children they work with, and will discuss the challenges inherent in working with different personality types.  Learning how to be "in tune" with children is the main focus of this workshop.  


D: RESPONSIVE CAREGIVING: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
(Ideal for parents, nannies, any staff members working with children)

In this session, participants will expand on the concept of social-emotional development in children by learning about its stages from birth up to four years of age.  We will examine what an emotionally healthy child looks like, the emotional strengths of children, and how this understanding of social and emotional development translates into better caregiving.  This workshop puts a strong emphasis on the caregiver's role in supporting this social and emotional development from infancy onwards, and tools are provided to help caregivers achieve this supporting and nurturing role.  A discussion of appropriate and inappropriate practices will be conducted, along with role-playing activities that will help caregivers explore various methods of dealing with children. 



E: WORKING WITH PARENTS IN GROUPS
(Ideal for "Mom-and-Tot" animators or teachers  who have parents attending classes with their children)

This workshop is divided into two parts: 1) understanding the development of children specifically from infancy to age three, the period when children attend programs with a caregiver; and 2) improving skills when working as an animator of a parent-tot program.  Topics include: having appropriate expectations for children's behaviors and abilities; setting limits when parents are present; forming connections and relationships with both parents and children; making the learning environment one that is pressure-free, nurturing, and fun; and encouraging parent participation through modeling.  Participants will develop the knowledge and confidence needed to be an effective Parent-Tot teacher, and will learn concrete techniques they can employ during classes to help them become valuable representatives of your organization.



F: RAISING SELF-ESTEEM
(Ideal for parents, nannies, any staff members working with children)

In this session, participants will briefly explore healthy emotional development in children, and the power caregivers hold in shaping children's beliefs about themselves.  Caregiver behaviors that can either promote or destroy self-esteem, security and social competence will be discussed.  Participants will then explore methods of increasing feelings of self-worth and self-esteem in the children they care for or work with.  Topics will include: modeling interactions that assist children in feeling secure; using praise effectively; positive methods of teaching children to get along with others; understanding and respecting each child's unique personality; encouraging without pressuring; choosing respectful words when speaking to children; and ways to empower children.  Concrete tools and techniques that can be used by caregivers in everyday life to increase self-esteem in children will be provided.


G: CLASSROOMS WITHOUT "TIME-OUTS"
(Ideal for teachers of daycares, preschools and elementary schools)

In this workshop teachers will explore what their goals really are for their students, and how best to achieve them without the "usual" discipline methods used by schools today.  Teachers will be provided the opportunity to experience first hand through role-play and other interactive methods how non-punitive discipline in their classrooms will get them the results in their students they really want.  Concrete tools and strategies for challenging behaviors will be provided and explored in a fun, educational and hands-on manner. 


H: WELCOMING CHILDREN TO A NEW SETTING
(Ideal for staff members of camps, extra-curricular activities, and daycares before the start of a new session or year)

This workshop is unique in that it is ideal for facilities such as camps, preschools, and any extra-curricular programs that will be beginning a new session or year.  The purpose of this workshop is to fully prepare staff for the new upcoming session without  any observations having to take place beforehand.  This ensures that newly acquired knowledge and skills can be applied immediately beginning the first day the children arrive, eliminating the delay between the start of your session, the period of observations, and then the workshops.  Participants will focus on the following topics: initial greetings and welcoming children; making connections and maintaining bonds with children from the first day; encouraging and maintaining open communication with parents; dealing with separation anxiety; disciplining without punishment; conflict resolution between peers; reading cues and respecting individual temperaments and personalities; helping children integrate well into the setting and make friendships; and creating an emotionally safe and fun environment.


ADDITIONAL TOPICS 

SIBLING RIVALRY


THOSE TERRIBLE TWO'S

THOSE TERRIBLE TEENS



To register for a workshop, to suggest a new workshop topic, or to find out more,  please call me directly at 514-232-7773 or e-mail me at:

childhoodmatters.cm@gmail.com