Come and join a friendly and supportive 6 week Zoom course to learn the tools of Hand in Hand Parenting with an experienced professional.
• As well as being a mum and a certified Hand in Hand parenting instructor, I am also a clinical psychologist with a specialism in child and adolescent mental health. I offer a warm and compassionate approach. I know how hard parenting is! And I personally know the great benefits and transformations that Hand in Hand can give you and I am passionate about sharing this with other parents! • Find out more about me on my website: www.kirstypakes.com and Hand in Hand bio: https://www.handinhandparenting.org/instructor
•Each week in the class we will learn about one of the 5 attachment-based and resiliency-building parenting tools. There is an online classroom with a manual and weekly videos to watch at home prior to each class.
•Suitable for parents of children aged 10 and under. There will be a maximum of 6 parents. Calls will last between 75 and 90 minutes depending on the number of participants.
Week 1) Connection, Listening, Intelligence. The tool of Listening Partnerships
Week 2) Understanding Your Child’s Emotions. The tool of Staylistening
Week 3) Why We ‘Lose It’ With Our Children and How to Build a Closer Connection. The tool of Special Time
Week 4) Why Children’s Behaviour Goes ‘Off-Track’ and How to Help Them. The tool of Setting Limits
Week 5) Understanding Children’s Emotional Projects: Building Confidence Through Laughter. The tool of Playlistening
Week 6) Time In, Time Out: Building Support: Making a Connection Plan
I love teaching these classes! They are warm, friendly and highly supportive. It’s wonderful to see how quickly parents tend to get to grips with the tools and start to gain confidence and blossom in areas of their parenting where they were previously struggling. Hearing about the positive and often transformative effects on their children and their families as a whole is joyful!
Listening Time is used each week to support parents and in particular to help parents to work through difficult issues and emotions that get in the way of their parenting. People find this very safe and supportive and say that it helps them to be able to listen better to their children and also helps them to parent in a calmer, wiser and less reactive way. I support parents to use the listening time in the way that feels most helpful and comfortable to them.
What you will receive:
• Weekly group Zoom calls to learn the 5 parenting tools
• Online classroom with starter manual, 9 booklets and approximately 8 hours of video material with life-time access.
• An expertly facilitated friendly, supportive and safe environment
By the end of the course you will:
• better understand what drives your child’s behaviour
• respond to their emotions and behaviour in an effective way that builds their well-being
• address difficult behaviour with calm, loving limits
• use play to build your bond with your child and to deal with difficulties
• feel more supported as a parent
• understand your own emotions and reactions better
• have concrete ways to build your connection with your child
• know how to increase well-being, joy and cooperation in your family
• know how to deal with specific issues you are struggling with such as sibling rivalry, separation anxiety, aggression, sleep difficulties, parent stress etc
Here’s what previous participants have said:
“Kirsty has changed my family’s life! Since learning about Hand in Hand parenting on Kirsty’s course, I’ve completely changed my view and attitude to parenting. It’s still early days, but I now better understand that by building connection with my children, everyday struggles are beginning to diminish and there is growing harmony in our home. Kirsty is so calm, confident and warm, I feel like I could tell her anything without judgement. Kirsty shared her own examples of parenting struggles which were really helpful. She’s been through it all and her genuine love and belief in the Hand in Hand approach really shone through in her teaching. I’m sad the course has to end”
“The course was amazing. The sessions themselves were so helpful to sit and reflect on myself and me as a parent, and to share our experiences with a group of like-minded parents. And the tools I took away from it were something else – even after the first week I felt a huge increase in my connection with my son, particular through special time. I’ve also made a listening partnership through the course, which I hope will be successful for both of us for a long time. And of course Kirsty herself, who has been a calming influence in my life and also a great demonstration of how hand in hand parenting can really work.”
“Kirsty is a warm, insightful and thoughtful facilitator and she created a very safe, non-judgemental “holding” space where I felt able to honestly share my parenting struggles, despite not knowing the other members of the group beforehand. I was inspired by her genuine enthusiasm for the Hand in Hand approach, her deep knowledge of the thinking behind it, and the examples she cited of how it has transformed her own parenting”
Feel free to contact me by email to find out more, or arrange a chat.
Booking closes Wednesday 9th June 2021
NB: I am away on holiday Friday 28th May – Monday 7th June 2021 and won’t be able to answer my email during that time. Booking before Thursday 27th May is advised.
An additional group may run from Tuesday 15th June 2021. There is flexibility on the timing. It could be daytime or evening UK time. Please contact me for more information if you are interested in this day.