“Parenting: What’s it all about”
All babies are born with a starter supply of happiness and a desire to be close to
their parents. The workshop will discuss the goal of parenting, the foundation of
self-esteem and how day to day parenting decisions will foster your baby’s inner
well being and optimism about the world—every parents’ desire. We will provide
practical parenting strategies and many illustrative examples.

“Parenting Together: Joys and challenges of parenting as a couple”
This seminar presents a loving approach to parenting that will enhance your
relationship with your child, strengthen your partnership, and help you enjoy
parenting more. Your relationships with each other and with your child are
your most powerful tools in raising a happy and successful child. We will address
common parenting concerns and offer ways to resolve them in effective and
growth-promoting ways.

“Infant Development: What to expect in the first year”
This seminar will outline important developmental milestones and help you
understand your baby’s behavior at each stage of development from birth
to 18 months. You will learn what is reasonable to expect and how best to
promote your child’s healthy development and foster their inner well-being
and happiness-- every parent’s desire. We will provide practical parenting
strategies, many examples as well as offer an open forum to discuss parents’
specific concerns.

“Sweet Dreams: Helping your infant fall asleep happy”
All babies come into the world with optimism and a desire to be close to their
parents. This workshop will help you to understand your baby’s age-appropriate
developmental needs and how to help him fall asleep lovingly and respond to
his cries. We will also discuss the need to balance the life-changing experience
of parenting an infant with your own need for sleep. The first half of the session
will be informational. The second half will be an open forum where parents can
share challenges, ask specific questions, and troubleshoot situations with the
instructors and other families.


“Smart Routines: Eat, Play, Potty”
This seminar will provide advice on setting child friendly routines around meal-
times, playtime and helping your child choose to use the potty. The focus is on
understanding what is developmentally appropriate at each age and then helping
children enjoy these important life skills free from power struggles and conflict.
Learn how to recognize your child’s motives and how to balance their desires
with their health and safety. The workshop offers many practical tips to safeguard
your child’s emotional health in the process.

“Real Deal on Self-Esteem: Understanding how your child’s mind works.”
This seminar will outline the most up to date research on infant and child develop-
ment. You will learn that your loving, responsive and caring relationship with your
child is the most important factor in helping him develop healthy self-esteem. Also
covered is how to use discipline in a way that preserves your child’s self-esteem
and your relationship. We will show you that it’s never too late to begin building a
more positive relationship with your child no matter the age of your child or ap-
proaches used in the past.

“Child Development: Knowing what to expect at each stage of development”
This seminar will outline important developmental milestones and help you
understand your child’s behavior at each stage of development. You will learn
what is reasonable to expect at each age and how best to respond to promote
your child’s healthy development. The result is a close and loving relationship
for you and your child that will last a lifetime.

“Discipline Redefined: How to effectively manage your child’s behavior.”
This seminar we will show you that you no longer have to resort to hard discipline
or soft permissiveness to guide your children. There is a better, more enjoyable
way. We will show you how to stay in charge of your children’s behavior while
building their own capacity for healthy self-governance. The result is that you
will raise children that grow up to be happy and successful adults who make
positive and constructive choices in their lives.

“Sibling Rivalry: How to resolve conflicts and
promote a peaceful, fun and cooperative family life.”

This seminar will provide guidance on how to have a more peaceful family life on
a daily basis. We will help you understand why siblings fight, how to help each of
your children feel he or she is important, and how to handle tricky situations such
as homework, bedtime and vacations.

“Sweet Dreams: Helping your young child fall asleep happy”
This workshop helps parents understand young children’s age-appropriate develop-
mental needs and how to lovingly help them fall asleep, respond to their cries,
getting up at night, wanting to sleep with you, etc. We will also discuss the need
to balance the life-changing experience of parenting a young child with your own
need for sleep.

“School Readiness: Planting the seeds for School Success”
This seminar presents an understanding of how young children become successful
learners and how their parents can help them get off on the right foot. We will show
parents how to foster curiosity, a life-long love of learning and the self-regulation
they will need to succeed in school.


“Back to School: Helping your child succeed in school”
This seminar will help you understand how children view learning and what parents
can do to instill the joy of learning in their children. We will help you understand
how focusing on children’s effort rather than the grade they get, helps them enjoy
the learning process during class time and homework time. This seminar will also
offer solutions to make coming back to school from vacation breaks less stressful.

“Peer Relations: Helping your child navigate the world of friendships”
The elementary and middle school years are a time of intense focus on friendships.
This seminar will discuss ways to help children navigate the occasionally stormy
seas of peer relations. We will help you understand the nature and goals of friend-
ship, the relationship ideal and its effects on how your child forms friendships and
the impact of children’s age-appropriate belief that they can make their friendships
go exactly how they want them to.

“Bullying and Teasing”
This seminar will address the causes and effects of teasing and bullying, and how
to recognize when a child is the target or the bully. We will help you understand
the most effective ways to help children in these situations and the important role
of parents in helping their child make positive choices in life, including seeking out
healthy friendships.

“Internet Safety: How to keep your kids safe in cyberspace.”
This seminar presents internet safety guidelines within the context of child
development. We will discuss the potential risks in the ways children use the
internet and how parents can help them use the internet while keeping them safe.

Taking Teens Seriously As People
Your teenager is no longer a child and soon he/she may be leaving home. What
do you want most for your teen? Many parents hope that their teens have
learned to take good care of themselves while they are no longer around to
guide them moment to moment. This seminar helps parents understand
adolescent development and common behaviors that can be perplexing or
difficult. This seminar will help you re-connect with what it’s like to be a teen and
what teens need from parents and caregivers. Having this knowledge of how
teens’ minds work and what they need psychologically to thrive helps parents
build close, loving relationships. A close, loving relationship helps teens turn to
their parents for guidance rather than to unhealthy behaviors. The seminar
touches on how to manage and regulate adolescent’s immature or problematic
behavior in a way that fosters self-esteem and resilience.


“Smart Love Approach: Parenting children
who have been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD”

This seminar helps parents regulate their child’s active behavior or inattention
while protecting their child’s self-esteem. Presenters share a new alternative to
traditional discipline that parents can use more effectively to help regulate their
child’s behavior. It helps parents build their relationship with their child while sup-
porting their children’s constructive and positive motives.

“Smart Love Approach: Fostering healthy self-esteem and
self-regulation in children with special needs”

This seminar helps parents recognize and understand the unique strengths of their
special needs child; how to foster an inner self-worth in their child that transcends
their child’s disability or condition; and how to strike the right balance in accom-
modating the child’s disability while still maintaining an enjoyable family life.
Presenters also help parents with their own feelings of loss and anger over having
a special needs child.

“Smart Love Approach: Helping children and their families
cope with childhood chronic medical illness”

Having a chronic medical illness can have a profound effect on how children with
this condition feel about themselves. Presenters help parents understand that the
way that parents care for their child can have an important impact on how children
learn to cope with their own medical condition. Many family intervention strategies
are offered to help parents manage the chronic illness and maintain an enjoyable
family life.

“Smart Love Approach: Helping children and families cope with loss”
This seminar helps parents, teachers and caregivers respond to children who have
experienced a loss in their lives such as, divorce, trauma, an adoption, serious
health issues, a new baby or a grandparent moving in/out of the family. Presenter
helps parents, teachers and caregivers recognize behaviors that show a child is
trying to cope with a loss, how to understand the loss and how best to respond to
the child.


“Applying Intrapsychic Humanism to
understanding and treatment of eating disorders”

Seminar addresses the meaning behind eating disorders in the context of child
development and caregiving as well as how psychopathology gets expressed in
the eating disorder. This seminar discusses how to effectively apply the principles
of Intrapsychic Humanism to the treatment of eating disorders, which helps patients
develop a healthier inner well-being and self-esteem.

“Psychosocial interventions for children with chronic medical illness”
This seminar outlines how the dimensions of the child’s illness affect psychosocial
adaptation, what types of illnesses put children at highest risk of mental health
problems, how to recognize medical, psychological, social, family, and school
adjustment issues. The seminar reviews the types of mental health services
available to address psychological issues for children with chronic medical illness.

“Helping pediatricians identify childhood mental health problems”
This seminar outlines the need for mental health services and how pediatricians
can recognize mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety, disruptive
disorders such as ADHD, family stress disorder in children and how mental health
problems affect medical care. Also discussed is the special case of children with
chronic medical disease. The seminar also discusses the available mental health
services to address childhood mental health problems.

“The Smart Love Approach:
Understanding social-emotional development in children.”

This seminar presents how a child’s mind develops through childhood, how self-
esteem is built and fostered as well as the importance of the caregiving parenting
relationship from the perspective of Smart Love. Presenters offer a new and
effective way to manage children’s immature behavior called Loving Regulation
that doesn’t rely on harsh disciplinary measures.

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