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Understanding Your Child’s Emotions, Wednesday, February 26th @ 7:00 – 9:00pm

when your kids push you over the edge
photo courtesy of christopher eriksen

(Denver, CO)

Are you overwhelmed by crying, tantrums, aggressive behaviors, challenges with sharing, or other behaviors that often turn into power struggles?  Do you describe your child as a “strong willed child” but cringe inside at the thought of the power struggles that ensue?  What is your child really trying to say when they don’t listen to you, act aggressive, try to be controlling, have a fit or have just gone off track?  Parenting is difficult work and you deserve to be supported.  This two hour talk will give you a glimpse of what’s going on underneath your child’s behaviors.  You can actually turn the table on those power struggles and be an empowered parent.  We will explore the relationship between emotions and behaviors, and how vital connection is to a child’s emotional well being and the development of their growing brain.  You’ll take home at least two Listening Tools for supporting your child’s development and for getting the support you need.  There will be time for Q&A. Price is $40/person or $65/couple.  To register, go to or call 303-399-1191.



Tantrums 101, Wednesday, March. 12th @ 7:00 – 9:00pm

Kristen Volk, Parenting by Connection, Denver, CO(Denver, CO)

Is your child throwing a tantrum left and right?  We don’t typically schedule tantrums into our lives, but every child has them.  There is a simple reason why children have tantrums.  Parenting is difficult work and you deserve to be supported.  This two hour talk will give you a new perspective on what causes tantrums, ideas for calming yourself and your toddler, the types of communication that help resolve a tantrum, and an understanding of the importance of connection to your child's brain and emotional well being.  This workshop will help you and your child relax.  You’ll take home at least two Listening Tools to develop a positive outcome from tantrums and for getting the support you need.  There will be time for Q&A.  Price is $40/person or $65/couple.  To register, go to  or call 303-399-1191.



Building Emotional Understanding Parenting class
Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00pm,  starting March 13 for six weeks (March 13, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, skipping March 20)

photo courtesy of christopher eriksen
photo courtesy of christopher eriksen

(Denver, CO)

Class Description:

This six-week course offers a complete introduction to Parenting by Connection. Through this approach you will gain the skills and support you need to address difficult behaviors (including anxiety, aggression, sibling rivalry, power struggles, separation anxiety, sensory processing issues, sleep issues, homework issues, and anything specific to your family), deepen your family connections, and bring ease, warmth and joy back to your relationships with your children—even on the hardest days.  You will take home new tools for resolving children’s off-track behavior, learn parent-to-parent listening skills, and develop a family connection plan.  This course is led by certified Hand in Hand instructor, Kristen Volk.                       

What you'll learn:

Learn how to apply the core concepts behind Parenting by Connection and develop your own Family Connection Plan.

This instructor-led class gives you the insight, tools, and support to:

  • Understand and address your child's emotional needs.
  • Set limits with warmth and authority.
  • Apply and discuss 6 proven tools for resolving your child's “off-track” behavior.
  • Reduce parenting stress and increase cooperation.
  • Master the core listening skills that transform your parenting.

You'll receive:

  • 6 weeks of in person, instructor-led parent support group (1.5-2 hours each, depending on the number of participants)
  • Individual attention: group size is limited to 6.
  • 9 booklets and 1 class book (all hard copies).

Please know that space is limited to six participants and classes fill up quickly.  You’ll receive all of the above for $297.  A payment plan is available for a $10 fee.  A $50 deposit is due by March 3rd.

To learn more about the Parenting by Connection approach, you can go to  Please share this with your friends, neighbors, caregivers, family, and teachers.  I have this information (including the video) on my Facebook page if you want to share it ( ).

To register, please contact Kristen Volk using any of the following methods:

–          E-mail:

–          Tel/Text: 303-994-9011

–          Facebook:



Infant Pathways, Three Wednesdays, March 19, 26 and April 2 @  9:00 – 10:30 am

photo courtesy of christopher eriksen

(Denver, CO)

Infants are expressing themselves at every waking moment, but are we tuned into their messages?  Learn how communication between you and your baby supports the development of neural pathways, leading to enhanced cognitive abilities, emotional flexibility, and social functioning.  We will practice Listening Tools in class with your child to understand your babies’ signals and support a secure attachment that can positively affect your child into adulthood.  These techniques are beneficial for children of all ages, but we will focus on infants and toddlers.  Infants 12 months and under welcome.  Practice with your child.  You will also take home Listening Tools that provide you with resource to support yourself.  There will be time for Q&A. $95/person or $175/couple.  To register, go to or call 303-399-1191.


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