How To Talk So Kids Will Listen - A group workshop available in audio or video versions
Johnny's teacher called you at work today... Mary's depressed and won't come out of her room... Bobby insulted your mother... Mark broke the lamp... Ruth's late again... Russell wet the bed... Jenny told a lie... and the baby's crying!
Every other occupation, from driving a truck to performing surgery, requires months or years of training. Only for the job of raising children do we expect that love will be enough. But, sometimes it isn't. Parents also need skills. Here is the program that gives parents the know-how they need to be helpful to their children and helpful to themselves.
The How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is designed to be run either by a parent or a trained professional. It is a self-contained, do-it yourself course that enables you to bring together a group of parents, teachers, students, colleagues, staff, clients, friends or neighbors to solve common problems of living or working with children of all ages.
What Do The Workshops Teach?
The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is to help you and the members of your group communicate more effectively with children.
In each session of the workshop you'll be introduced to an additional set of proven skills that will help you to cope with your child's negative feelings...engage your child's willing cooperation...discipline without hurting or alienating...help your child develop a positive and realistic self-image...foster a family atmosphere of love and respect.
What Is in the Group Workshop?
The group workshop consists of a Workshop Kit/Chairperson's Guide to be used by the group leader and materials to be used by individual participants.
Workshop Kit/Chairperson's Guide includes:
Directions for the leader
Exercises for the participants (incorporating the entire participant's workbook)
Sample Certificates of Completion (purchase of additional copies are optional)
25 promotional brochures
Sample press release
Video only: One six session DVD
Audio only: Two CD's, pocket cards, puzzle, supplies
Participants (order one each of the items below for each participant)
Participant's Workbook (specify Audio or Video version)
Required reading materials (the following two paper-bound books):
Helping Children Deal with Their Feelings - An exploration of what happens to children when their feelings are denied. Specific skills that help children to recognize and cope with their negative feelings: disappointment, envy, frustration, resentment, anger, etc. Ways to accept children's feelings, limit unacceptable behavior, and still maintain goodwill.
Engaging Cooperation - How children react to commonly used 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 about themselves and each other.
Alternatives to Punishment - How do children normally react to punishment? Is it necessary to rely on punishment as a means of discipline? Some alternatives to punishment that enable parents to express their strong disapproval as well as encourage children to assume responsibility for their behavior.
Encouraging Autonomy - Ways to help children become separate, responsible people who can one day function on their own. Specific skills that help children to become more self-reliant.
Praise - An exploration of the kinds of praise that build a positive and realistic self-image, and the kinds that are counter-productive. 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, dawdler, mischief-maker, etc.) and how we can free them from playing out these roles. Six skills that help children see themselves in a different and more positive light.
Final Review (Audio Workshop only) - "Back-to-life" workshop session; a chance to consolidate what's been learned by applying all the skills of the previous sessions to current problems with children.