Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids

We aim to support the transformation of current parenting practices in our community. This aim arises both out of the desire to contribute to parents’ and children’s ability to meet their needs in the context of family life, and to the recognition that our parenting largely shapes the adults of the next generation. If we want to grow into a society where everyone’s needs can be met, working to transform parenting practices is of paramount importance.

Are you already a parent or a parent to be?

We offer this training opportunity to support families to live with compassion, connection, and peace, and to ensure that such families are the norm.

Our children are so important to us yet sometimes we struggle to parent in ways we feel truly good about. By participating in these parenting workshops you will learn how to:

  •   Understand the needs behind your child's behavior

  •   Parent effectively without relying on the threat of punishment or promise of rewards

  •   Transform power struggles into opportunities for building connection and trust

  •   Discover a quality of connection that will sustain your family through life's challenges

  •   Contribute to peace by raising children who can make peace

Compassionate Parenting Workshop Series

PHASE I
Session 1: Overview of workshop series
RESPECT & CO-OPERATION: What we all want and how to get it?

Session 2: What takes the “CO” out of Co-operation?
SELF-RESPECT: Parents have needs too!

Session 3: See the NEEDS behind every action
Listen to the “YES “ behind every “NO”

Session 4: Create SAFETY, TRUST & BELONGING
Giraffe listening: EMPATHY

Session 5: Celebrate what works: Giraffe GRATITUDE

Session 6: SELF- RESPONSIBILITY
The 4 ways of responding to challenging messages

PHASE 2
Session 1: Intro to EXPRESSING ourselves clearly
OBSERVATION-FEELINGS-NEEDS-REQUEST

Session 2: Make clear OBSERVATIONS
Learn to be free of evaluation, judgment, blame and shame

Session 3: The FEELING-NEED connection
Translate JUDGMENTS INTO NEEDS

Session 4: All about REQUESTS
The 3 types of requests: SELF-CONNECTING-ACTION

Session 5: LIFE-ENRICHING PRACTICES
Give gratitude, D-stress, Re-charge, Take time “in”

Session 6: Change rules to CO-CREATED AGREEMENTS

PHASE 3
Session 1: How to translate ANGER INTO life-serving NEEDS

Session 2: Lifesaver: SELF-EMPATHY

Session 3: There are lots of ways to MEET NEEDS
Explore NEEDS and STRATEGIES

Session 4: Cultivating EMPATHY skills

Session 5: The GIRAFFE DANCE of EMPATHY-HONESTY

Session 6: Turn your home from BATTLE ZONE to a NO-FAULT
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PHASE 4
Session 1: What you live is WHAT THEY LEARN
A Certain QUALITY of CONNECTION

Session 2: POWER WITH PARENTING
Compassionate family meetings

Session 3: Learn new habits to TAKE CARE of YOU
Meet your NEEDS to know what you need

Session 4: Meet your needs for HEALING PAST PAIN
Learn from MISTAKES with COMPASSION

Session 5: Know when to ASK for HELP
Meet your NEED for SUPPORT

Session 6: Keeping a DIALOGUE alive
GIRAFFE DANCE of EMPATHY - HONESTY

PHASE 5
Session 1: REWARD and PUNISHMENT
What are CONSEQUENCES and how can we set them

Session 2: Taking care of your INNER CONFLICTS
SELF-EMPATHY practice

Session 3: PLAYING with GIRAFFE and JACKAL EARS
SELF-EMPOWERMENT, FREEDOM of CHOICE

Session 4: The NO-FAULT GAME
Let’s practice our GIRAFFE SKILLS

Session 5: Celebrating life- when our NEEDS are MET
GIRAFFE GRATITUDE

Session 6: The beauty of STAYING CONNECTED
EMPATHY BATH – “JIFFY LUBE” PROCESS

PHASE 6
Session 1: Family is a COMMUNITY
PEACEFUL CONFLICT RESOLUTION plan

Session 2: The BASICS OF GIRAFFE MEDIATION
When the PARENT turns into MEDIATOR

Session 3: Why my mediation failed?
THE THIRD PRESENCE

Session 4: MEDIATION in action - PRACTICE

Session 5: MEDIATION in action - PRACTICE

Session 6: GIRAFFE TIPS to take home with you
DAILY REMINDERS – create your own self-awareness
practice

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