Do you ever wish that your child had arrived with a ‘How To Parent Me’ manual?
Are there sticky parenting issues that crop up, again and again?
Or have you entered a whole new stage with new challenges that you’re not sure how to navigate?
Do you find yourself feeling like you’re the only one dealing with challenges like this?
For over 30 years, Hand in Hand Parenting has been supporting parents to understand their children's behaviour and build deeply connected relationships that last a lifetime. We know that every family is unique and that with sufficient support each parent can figure out what will work best in their specific situation. The five Listening Tools that we share with parents are easy to learn and hugely effective. They have transformed lives around the world, helping parents to connect well with their children, bring more play and joy into their lives and guide their children towards ever greater emotional resilience.
During this six week Starter Class we will explore the Hand in Hand approach in a well structured and supportive group. Every week we'll meet over Zoom to take a look at one of the Hand in Hand tools in detail and answer your questions to help you with whatever is going on in your home right now.
This course is led by Lara Zane, mum to two school aged kids and a certified Hand in Hand Instructor based in London. She says, “As we develop a deeper understanding of connection and the root causes of off-track behaviour in our children (and ourselves), it becomes easier to make the changes we want for our families. There is no special magic here (though at times it can feel like there is), no ‘parents who have this thing nailed while the rest of us struggle’. Quite simply, when we dare to be honest with ourselves and each other we realise that we all have both strengths and things we struggle with, and we all need and deserve good support. We parents deeply want the best for our children. Choosing to get that support and deepen our skills and knowledge is an act of love and courage and a gift to our families that can last a lifetime. I know of no parenting approach more respectful, effective and supportive than Hand in Hand which is why I’m so passionate about sharing it with other parents.” Whether you are dealing with babies or tweens, are new to Hand in Hand or have been using it for a few years already and are just now ready to take a class, you will become more confident in your parenting, calmer at navigating the inevitable tricky moments and discover new ways to support your children and yourself, whatever life brings.
By the end of this course you will:
❤Have a much better understanding of what drives your child’s behaviour
❤Know how to help your kids move through the hard times and recover from old hurts
❤Develop new ways to have fun and play together
❤Feel much more confident about setting warm limits in a way that builds co-operation and connection long-term.
❤Be carefully listened to in a safe and emotionally supportive space, allowing you to find the best way forward for you and your family.
❤Meet like-minded parents and discover a community of others who ‘get you’
❤Learn the skills to set up Listening Partnerships with other parents that will enrich your life for many years to come.
Here's what parents have said about what it's been like to work with Lara:
“I've really enjoyed the Hand in Hand Parenting classes with Lara. She is warm and kind, creating a lovely safe space in the group to listen and share. I am learning a lot about myself and my children and the parenting techniques Lara teaches us have been eye opening and empowering. The weekly classes have been an oasis of calm during lockdown and the Zoom format works really well. It is so reassuring to know that you aren't alone in your parenting challenges and that there's support out there.”
“The course in general and working with you in particular has been amazing. It is completely changing the way I parent and look at the role of being a parent. You create a kind, empathetic and respectful environment within which we can all explore the demands and frustrations, and equip us with the tools to deal with these in a gentler and more playful manner. I have found it to be a moving and powerful thing to be a part of, and can’t thank you enough for the gift you offer.”
“Attending Lara's Hand in Hand parenting course has been a total life-changer for me. It has given me back a sense of confidence in my parenting, helping me to regain feelings of joy in my interactions with my twin boys. Lara's sensitive, non-judgmental approach has allowed me to gently unfold my fears and worries around being a Mum. She offers a safe, supportive environment in which to share and learn. I am bowled over by the simple yet very effective tools taught on this course and I love that it is underpinned by brain science.”
The focus each week is as follows:
Week 1: General information about the Hand in Hand approach, the importance of connection and our tool for parents, Listening Partnerships. We also get to know each other and build safety within the group.
Week 2: Understanding your child’s emotions and Staylistening – how to help your child when they are upset.
Week 3: Special Time – proactively build deep, connective relationships and reduce tricky behaviour as a result. And, why do we ‘lose it’ as parents?
Week 4: Setting Limits – why does children’s behaviour go off track? Learn how to set limits warmly and effectively to help them.
Week 5: Understanding children’s ‘emotional projects’ and Playlistening – using play and laughter as a way to build connection and confidence or resolve tricky situations.
Week 6: Putting it all together, building support and planning for the future.
The course costs £260 which includes the weekly zoom calls and a dedicated WhatsApp group for questions and support during the six weeks.
You’ll also get lifetime access to an online classroom with excellent videos and reading material to support your learning by Patty Wipfler, Hand in Hand Parenting’s inspirational founder.
You’ll need a quiet, private space with high speed internet to join the Zoom video calls and you’ll get the most from the course if you allow time to make use of the online classroom each week and practice the skills with your children. Each class will last 1.5-2 hours depending on numbers (tbc) and begins at 8pm UK time / 3pm Eastern USA / 12 noon Pacific on the following dates: 16, 23, 30 August, 6, 13, 20 September.
Find out more about Lara here: https://www.handinhandparenting.org/instructor/lara-zane or https://www.facebook.com/HandinHand.LaraZane If you have questions, or are ready to book, please get in touch at email@example.com