7 Week Online Parenting Course
‘River of Hope’
7 Week Online Parenting Course Outline – ‘River of Hope’
SESSION 1 & 2 Introduction and Session – Wellbeing – Self Care continuum
– Exploring Practical one-line responses that deescalate, or better still, end protests and arguments.
– The person is never the problem, the problem is the problem. How to become powerful and change my relationship with the problem.
SESSION 3 Who do I project my focus on-Me or my child(ren)?
– Having your children restore your energy levels
SESSION 4 What do I notice about my tensions, worry and anxiety?
Where do I project my tension?
– The power of using ‘I’ statements instead of ‘You’ statements.
SESSION 5 What do I notice in my body, breathing and emotions when I experience stress or anxiety.
– Sharing control within your value system helps your child with peer pressure and keeps the connection.
SESSION 6 Building connection through noticing sends the message – I hear you, I see you, I am with you. I am on your side.
– Building resiliency for our kids to own and solve their own problems.
SESSION 7 Fine-tune our kids to their inner voice and not just an outside voice
– Having kids complete chores without reminders and pay
Benefits of the Online Parenting Program – “River of Hope”
- Parents who have completed the program say:
- Their capacity and strength have increased significantly
- They have noticed where they have perpetuated the anxiety and worry cycle
- Have intentionally practised and cultivated wellbeing habits that have significantly reduced their anxiety, monitoring and policing.
- They have felt more powerful and equipped as they have focused on their responses and behaviour and not their childs
- They have noticed more healthy connections and less arguments
- They have less stress, and more reasonable discussions with their children
- They have stronger healthier boundaries
‘River of Hope’ – Online Parenting Course Outline
SESSION 1 Well being – Self Care continuum
- Exploring the concept of self-care and understanding beliefs of selfishness and selflessness will be the starting point to align parents with strengths to further discover their true self and values.
- The process will strengthen parents’ capacity to take better care of themselves, as they invest in their well-being and mental health.
- Consequently, parents will become more resilient as they respect themselves which will overflow into their parenting.
SESSION 2 What problems exist and how do I change relationships with the problem
- Exploring concepts of our narrative. Looking at strengths. Looking at the concept- “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem”.
- What problems exist and how do I change relationships with the problem. Externalising problems empowers a parent, individual to change the relationship with the problem.
- The process of becoming strong and building capacity.
- Exploring Practical one-line responses that deescalate, or better still, end protests and arguments.
SESSION 3 Who do I project my focus on-Me or my child(ren)?
- Understanding the ‘worry cycle’ that increases agitation, defensiveness and anxiety.
- What am I going to do to increase my resilience in making me the focus and not my child?
- Exploring calming strategies to tolerate distress in order to bring the best of ourselves to situations and circumstances. Further developments of calming strategies.
- Developing one-liner empathy statements that build connection whilst setting limits.
- Having your children restore your energy levels – ”Draining energy “ technique and other ideas for holding kids accountable for poor choices. The child’s poor choice is the ‘bad guy’, not the parent.
SESSION 4 What do I notice about my tensions, worry and anxiety
- Where do I project my tension? In avoidance or on my child?
- What do I need to do more to tolerate my child’s anxiety, poor choices and being upset with me?
- Further development and exploration of well being and nurture.
- The power of using ‘I’ statements instead of ‘You’ statements.
- The parent focuses on their values.
SESSION 5 What do I notice in my body, breathing and emotions when I experience stress or anxiety
- Am I self-aware when I am anxious or relationally offline?
- What calming strategies help me physically, emotionally and psychologically.
- Teaching parents the power of sharing control and giving choices to reduce unwinnable power struggles.
- Sharing control within your value system helps your child with peer pressure and keeps the connection.
SESSION 6 Building connection and resiliency with your child
- Building connection and resiliency with your child through noticing sends the message – I hear you, I see you, I am with you and I am on your side
- Building resiliency for our kids to own and solve their own problems.
- Working with a proven scaffold to facilitate pathways for resilience.
SESSION 7 Fine tune your kids to their inner voice and not just an outside voice
- Strengthening an inner connection to their true authentic self – leading to Increased confidence and resilience.
- Building a sense of belonging that everyone is a powerful contributor in the family.
- Having kids complete chores without reminders and pay. Parents upskilling their children to become responsible in the family, their future relationships as an employee and a community member.
- 7 x 2 Hourly Weekly Sessions – 14 Hours
- Interactive Miro whiteboard brainstorming – access to this for the duration of the course
- Combination of google slides, video clips, interaction and personal stories
- Course leaders share personal experiences
- Practical tools and tips and exercises
- Fun practice time with group participants
- Follow up on previous session experiments
- Fun interactive community of parents
- Additional resources will be introduced as optional reading, listening
- The lessons are taught online in the comfort of your own home
Put simply, every parent should complete this workshop with Christine.
I came to Christine – lost, exhausted, and all out of ideas on how to best support my son whilst he was facing a range of challenges. Every night I was enduring hours of protests, bedtime refusal, and emotional outbursts just to complete our regular routine of brushing our teeth and going to bed. I was then again met with the same level of meltdown every morning when having to get up and get ready for school. I was full of anxiety and dread all day just waiting for the next meltdown, the next slammed the door and the next lot of tears. It was exhausting and relentless. Our home was not a happy one as I was frustrated, angry, impatient from being challenged by my son with every task being asked of him. I needed help, I needed strategies.
Christine came highly recommended and I immediately felt at ease from our first session. I was met with empathy, sincerity, and kindness like no other.
Week by week we worked through the Love and Logic course and week by week I could find my confidence as a parent slowly returning. I was given strategies that were achievable for me to implement and to my shock they worked!! and worked well!! What I loved most was Christine taught me not only how to implement positive and loving boundaries but also how to be a calm and empathetic parent. My biggest takeaway is that my kids didn’t need me to solve their problems they just needed me to listen and hear their worries. Allowing them the space to do this has empowered them to work through their worries on their own with me being their biggest supporter from the sidelines. I cannot thank Christine enough for her guidance and knowledge. What she can offer to parents is truly priceless.
I could have gone on and on Christine! I honestly cannot thank you enough!!
It has given my husband and I a united strategy with parenting. It gives me hope that we can nurture our children to become more caring, self-aware of their emotions and confidence while bringing us closer as a family.
Feel more in control when our kids are acting out. Have a consistent approach that works for us and that our kids are responding well to. Has helped to foster a stronger family unit where every member of the household contributes.