Open Heart Parenting
Have you found that the "normal" way of raising kids isn't really working very well? Do you find that your child doesn’t talk to you as much as you would like? Are you uncomfortable with using punishment to control your child’s behavior? If so, you may be wondering if there is a different way of approaching things. And there is!
Open Heart Parenting is based on the beliefs that parents and children will experience more closeness and less conflict when everyone’s needs are respected and addressed; that children benefit emotionally, intellectually, and socially when allowed to express all their feelings to an attentive parent; and that the most effective discipline is based on mutual respect, and maintains the sense of connection between parents and children.
Based on Aware Parenting (a philosophy developed by Dr. Aletha Solter), my approach can:
- Decrease power struggles between parents and children
- Help children sleep better
- Improve behavior problems
- Address sibling rivalry
- Help children prepare for a difficult event, such as surgery
- Support parents in helping their children recover from trauma
Parent Support Group
Dates and times of the support group will be
based on the needs of group members.
$80/person or $130/couple
Sliding scale rates available
Register for the group here Most parents benefit from
the opportunity to offload some of the stress of parenting with the people who
understand best—other parents! This will be a chance to share the difficulties
of parenting, offer support to other parents, laugh together, and learn some
new ways of dealing with those "tear your hair out" parenting
moments. This four-week group is based on Aware Parenting, which promotes the
parent-child connection, non-punitive discipline, and support for children’s
emotional expression. If you don't already have experience with Aware Parenting
(or a similar parenting approach), I encourage you to familiarize yourself with
it before joining this group. You can learn more about it at www.awareparenting.com. This
group is ideal for parents of infants and children up to age 10.
805-453-4570 for more information.