THE TROUBLE WITH WORRY: Parenting children who struggle with anxiety
For parents of any age child.
Some children find that change, uncertainty or progress makes them feel very worried and anxious.
These anxieties can express themselves in many different ways and can sometime leave parents wondering what to do in order to help them. In addition parents can experience their own strong emotions in reaction to their child’s anxiety.
Friday 10th July
9.30 am – 1.00 pm
The Reading Room, Bedales School, Petersfield GU32 2DG
Cost: £45 pp (includes refreshment and workshop resources)
- Provide information about why children become anxious.
- Give some very practical tips and strategies for reducing your child’s level of anxiety.
Early booking advised due to the popularity of this workshop
Limited to 12 parents
WHO’S IN CHARGE? Well as parents’ we are of course….but are we?
For parents of children aged 2 – 8 years approx.
Come and join us for this workshop. where you will meet other parents in a safe and relaxing environment. We will be looking at how to encourage appropriate behaviour and how to cope with tantrums, bedtime & homework battles and lots more!
“I have learnt strategies that are simple to use, but have made a big difference to our family – far fewer arguments”
- Meet other parents in a safe and welcoming envioronment and have fun!
- Identify factors that may be influencing your child’s behaviour
- Set goals for change in your child’s behaviour
- How to encourage desirable behaviour and set realistic boundaries
- Learn strategies for teaching your child new skills
Please email us to register an interest for this workshop at email@example.com
THE TWEEN YEARS!
For all parents of pre-teens (suggested from age 8 – 12 years).
Do you have a difficult pre-teen at home? Perhaps you are worried about the years ahead?
We understand that being a parent of a pre-teen can be challenging. It can be a time that they struggle with transitions such as moving schools, wanting to be more independent, not to mention hormones!
Come and meet other parents and learn ways to help you child navigate this time in their lives.
“Meeting with other parents is a fantastic benefit in addition to all the advice on the workshop – thank you”
- Identify factors that play a role in your pre-teens behaviour
- How to improve communication
- Learn how to deal calmly with your pre-teens emotional behaviour
- How to help your pre-teen become independent
You will be assured of a relaxed and welcoming environment, where you won’t be judged and parents are all valued and respected.
We thought we would share some of the great feedback we received from parents that attended yesterday’s workshop, ‘The Trouble with Worry':
“What helped you most today and what will you try?”
The workshop was really useful with lots of exercises to take way. It helped to normalise anxiety – Thanks!
Some of my Children’s anxieties could be alleviated if I alter my behaviour.
Really useful and some great tools for dealing with little worriers! Thank you
I found the ‘grounding techniques’ and will use them with my son to bring him to the ‘here and now’.
Very interesting morning, thank you! I am aware now of being there but not needing to ‘fix’ things for my child.
I will take away the knowledge that I shouldn’t assume I know what my child is anxious about and sometimes should just listen.
Particularly useful in terms for identifying when anxiety occurs and why..
Such a great morning – really enjoyed meeting other parents and learning new strategies to help both myself and my child. Thank you both
NEXT WORKSHOP DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
For parents of children aged 12 – 16 years
Most parents would agree that the teenage years present challenges for all!
We recognise that parenting a teenager is not only demanding but sometimes isolating.
Come along to this event, meet other parents ‘in the same boat’ and gain some fresh ideas!
Sarah and Sheena will share experience of working with young people throughout their work in schools and own families. You will be assured of a warm and friendly environment without being judged.
- Identify factors that play a role in your teenager’s behaviour
- How to talk to teens so they listen!
- Learn how to remain calm when emotions run high
- How you can help your teenager become more independent
- How to manage risk taking behaviours
Please contact us to register an interest for this workshop – new dates to be published September 2015
Cost: £45 pp – includes tea/coffee
PARENTS APART: 2 part course for separated parents
This workshop, written by ‘Relate’ will give you information on the divorce/separation process, and how this can affect you and your children. During the course we will look at how you can change things for the better. The workshop is limited to 8 parents which ensures a supportive and welcoming environment. You will receive a copy of the Parents Apart workbook to keep.
- Raise awareness of the effect of separation on the child/children
- Give options and ideas about how to change things for the better by improving communication skills and promoting workable solutions
- Developing strong parent/child relationships after separation
“This workshop has been so helpful in making me aware of how my children may be feeling and how to support them at this difficult time in our lives” Parent
Small group of 8 parents max. There is no requirement to share personal information and you will be assured of a warm welcome and a chance to meet other parents.
Our new workshop, ‘Big School, Little Steps’ has been written with parents of Year R and Year 1 children in mind.
This two hour workshop gives parents an overview of how to help their child become more independent and understand common behaviours.
During the session we talk about ‘Positive Parenting’ and discuss common ‘Parent Traps’. Parents will have a chance to discuss certain behaviours and become more self-aware. We will give lots of tips and strategies for teaching new skills and behaviours to children and how to manage more problematic behaviours such as tantrums.
If you would like to book this workshop for parents in your school, please contact Sarah & Sheena at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you on the same page as your partner with parenting?
Would you like help in your own home to improve family life?
We have… worked with hundreds of parents’ helping them to work as a team. The Parent Project will encourage you to find consistency in parenting skills such as setting boundaries, and appropriate discipline, resulting in happier families!
Sarah and Sheena offer individual consultations in your own home, allowing you the time to discuss concerns and will gently guide you with practical ideas and solutions.
Each session will last approx. 1.5 – 2hrs and will include pre-meeting evaluations/questionnaires and follow up emails outlining the session.
Cost of initial consultation: £55
Subsequent home visits: £45 per hour
* if travel within 15 mile radius of Haslemere – additional travel costs may apply if further.
Contact us for more information.
Starting school is such a big step and one that parents undoubtedly find both exciting and terrifying at the same time.
When my son started school I remember the anticipation of dressing him in his newly purchased uniform; gleaming new school shoes and crisp white polo shirt. Little did I realise how scuffed those shoes would become and how fast he would grow, seemingly needing a new pair of shoes every term!
Looking back on those early school days, I wish I had taken the time to relish every milestone rather than rush through to the next. My son was a ‘summer baby’ born in July and was seemingly always trying to ‘catch up’ with his peers. My second son was a ‘September baby’ so had already mastered many skills before he joined his classmates. Both boys learnt at their own pace and have achieved the end goal of leaving education with successful results, but more importantly happy and healthy!
There certainly was a great deal of competition between parents and milestones where often discussed in the playground each afternoon like ‘golden nuggets’. It was hard sometimes to come away feeling positive and I am sure some parents purposely hung back not wanting to be drawn into the competitive discussion.
Where we as parents can help most is to focus on the positives of school and keep our own competitive natures in check. It is too easy to focus on the negatives and children will pick up on this quickly, by focusing in on a child’s strengths we are increasing their self-esteem which is essential for their emotional health.
If you have a child due to start school this September there are lots of little things you can do to start to prepare them for ‘Big School’ such as:-
- Help to show them how to dress themselves – they will need to do this for PE
- Make sure that clothes are easy to get on and off – tights for girls can be tricky
- Get them to practice hanging their coat and bag on a hook
- Help little boys come to terms with using urinals (check if your school has these) – you won’t believe the number of little boys who have never used one!
- Make sure they can clean themselves after going to the toilet – accidents happen of course and be sure to pack clean pants etc or check with your child’s school.
- During the summer holiday practice eating with knives and forks and opening tricky packages such as drinks bottles or unwrapping items if having a packed lunch.
- A good tip for helping them put their shoes on the right feet is to cut a picture sticker such as a truck in half and paste inside each shoe, so they can match up the picture.
Most schools would ideally like for children starting school to have learnt these skills but again don’t stress if your child hasn’t mastered the technique yet, remember they are learning every day and some just need a little longer.
The good news about children is that they are extremely adaptable and will learn at their own pace. I am delighted to report that my ‘summer baby’ obtained a string of very respectable GCSE grades, A levels and is now at University, despite coming home most afternoon in Reception Year with his trousers on back to front!