Setting Limits & Building Cooperation

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Welcome to your self-guided class! I hope this note will help you make good use of this course.

The aim of the class is to help you reshape your relationship with your child by learning to set limits in a way that builds cooperation and maintains a close connection. We’ll give you new insights into what’s going on when children are off-track, why common interventions don’t help, and how you can step in effectively and constructively. We’ll also explore actions you can take at other times to help your child become more easygoing, connected and flexible. 

Every step we’ve outlined on the videos is a necessary step in that effort. Read ahead in the Listening to Children booklets, if you like, but don’t skip steps in your use of the Listening Tools we outline. The steps have been carefully structured to bring you the very best chance of excellent results.

Please plan on spending a good bit of time with our class materials. You’ll have access to the materials in this classroom for three months, so feel free to take the steps slowly, or to go back over some of the videos and charts more than once.

The class materials are organized by week in the modules tab on the left side of your screen. Take some time to review the entire course, and then begin with the Lesson 1, Video 1. The length of each video is listed in minutes and seconds for your convenience. 

You will receive the Listening to Children e-booklets in .pdf format. They’re short. They’ll help you build a more complete understanding of your child’s emotional workings, and they are yours to keep. Please do read them: there's a fuller explanation of the Parenting by Connection approach than we can convey in short videos. Feel free to download the .pdf file to your desktop or e-reader.

To build a Listening Partnership, we recommend asking a fellow parent you respect to try the experiment with you. Ask them to read Listening Partnerships for Parents, and dive in! If you can’t think of someone you’d like to have as your Listening Partner, join our online community on Facebook or, and register to find parents who are looking for a Listening Partner.

At the end of each week's video lesson, you’ll find the charts I refer to in the videos, so you can review them without hunting for them. These charts stay with our classroom.

Below, I’ve listed some of the articles posted on our website that may be helpful to you.

May your discoveries be many, and may your connection with your child grow as you use our Listening Tools to improve life for yourself and your child!

 Patty Wipfler

Course Content

Lessons Status

Limits Lesson 1


Limits Lesson 2


Limits Lesson 3


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