Toddler & Preschool Parent Groups Parenting During a Pandemic
Surviving toddlerhood and the preschool years in the midst of a pandemic brings unique challenges to the world of parenting. Join other toddler or preschool parents during these virtual parent group series to build community, share successes/struggles, and learn valuable, brain-based tools to help you and your child thrive (both in and out of a pandemic). Guided by the best-selling book, The Whole-Brain Child, we'll explore weekly strategies that support your toddler's or preschooler's emotional-regulation, social communication, language and resiliency. We'll dive into the brain science behind why connection works to calm tantrums, how to set boundaries, and how to balance big emotions and your child's newfound desire for independence. Each session will incorporate the following:
Connection Time: Share successes and struggles in the journey of parenting a toddler or a preschooler. You'll have time to share what's going well and what's currently challenging while getting advice from Hanna and other parents in the group.
Weekly Learning Topic: See topics below (these can be adjusted based on the specific needs and interests of the group).
Questions and Debrief: You'll have a chance to ask specific questions related to our weekly theme and wrap up with some final connection before we say goodbye.
Weekly Topics (these can be individualized based on the interests/needs of the group. Depending on whether you register for the toddler or preschool group, information will relate to your child's developmental stage.): Week 1: Integrating the brain to support regulation and resiliency. We'll explore how integration between the left/right and upstairs/downstairs parts of the brain lead to regulation. Specific strategies may include: Connect and Redirect and Name It to Tame It. Week 2: Using connection to help manage big feelings and support your child's learning and development. We'll discuss how to gracefully manage your child's emotional explosions (or fizzles) and how to engage their learning brains. Specific strategies may include: Engage, Don't Enrage and Use It/Move It or Lose It. Week 3: Weaving emotional-regulation support into daily activities. We'll explore various ways to build a culture of emotional-regulation at home. Specific strategies may include: Emotional vocab activities and attuning to your child when big feelings happen. Week 4: Using our past to inform our present. We'll discuss how our experiences of being parented can impact our decisions about how we parent and co-parent. Specific strategies may include: Using the Remote of the Mind andRemember to Remember. Week 5: Connection during conflict. We'll explore how to expose our children to safe conflict and model recovery, resiliency and relationship. Specific strategies may include: Alternatives to the empty apology and games to build resiliency. Week 6: Playful parenting. We'll dive into what it means to be a playful parent and how to embrace special moments of connection with our children. Specific strategies may include: Special Time with your child and Mindful Parenting.
CURRENT/UPCOMING SESSION INFORMATION Toddler Parent Group: Weekly Session Timing: 7:45-9:15pm (PST) on Wednesday evenings Dates (all 2021 dates): 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10 Cost: $180-$240 (sliding scale; I know this pandemic has been tough on many families' finances, so you decide what you pay). Payment can be made via credit card, Venmo, or PayPal.
Preschool Parent Group: Weekly Session Timing: 7:45-9:15pm (PST) on Thursday evenings Dates (all 2021 dates): 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18 Cost: $180-$240 (sliding scale; I know this pandemic has been tough on many families' finances, so you decide what you pay). Payment can be made via credit card, Venmo, or PayPal. * Contact Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a personalized group with your specific dates/times. In addition to timing adjustments, groups can also be adjusted for parents of younger/older children.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION Registration is required to participate. A minimum of five participants is needed for the group to run, and groups are capped at eight participants to ensure enough time for everyone to share each week (unless a larger group specifically requests to stay together). Complete the contact form below to request your registration form and join our upcoming group or to request more information about parent/caregiver groups. Once your contact form is received, you will receive the registration form/payment options via email.