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We all know how important our interactions with our children are for shaping their understanding of themselves, their parents, and the world around them. But how can we connect to these deep truths when communicating effectively through ordinary frustrations can be a challenge? What do we say when our two year old grabs her friends toys? What will we say when our teenager has left the chores undone - again? Isn't bargaining with your child over when to leave the playground getting old? And, does compliance through consequences feel a little thin? Or do you simply feel exhausted by thinking that your needs will always take a back seat to your child's tantrum? ///

Changing patterns and habits can be enormously challenging let alone adding another "how to" to the stresses of raising children. Yet, the basics of non violent communication really do meet parents where they are everyday: verbally working through situations with their kids. With the result that parents not only have strategies to communicate in difficult situations but also feel a deeper connection with themselves, their children, and to our role as parents. ///

So how is this accomplished? ///

One of the fundamentals of non violent communication is to shift focus away from power struggles that tend to alienate kids from parents and step into a conversation about what needs everyone has and how to meet these. Sharing our own feelings and needs with our children gives them opportunities to know their parents well; and to discover the effects of their actions without being blamed for them; and to experience the power and joy of contributing to mutual understanding. ///

NVC is a an idea and an application. And it takes practice. It's one thing to read the books, and quite another to do the work. This meet up is designed to learn and do so that NVC can be brought into your communication the very next day. We will: 1. translate your own responses to situations into key ideas of NVC 2. transform those habitual responses using NVC 3. learn how to introduce sensitive conversations proactively 4. work with "NO" 5. observe & communicate beyond words - body language - 6. mediate between children. ///

The monthly format will be as follows:
1. meet at the designated location 2. organizer will give a brief introduction on the 5 basic ideas of NVC 3. ten worksheets will be provided that will create the basis for learning and discussion 4. work in pairs or small groups or collectively 5. role playing is optional 6. participants will be invited to share from their own parenting experiences as well as to listen to one another 7. the pace of the working process will be monitored by the organizer 8. whatever worksheets we don't get through can be done at home individually ///

I hope you will join me in this opportunity to give back to yourself!

Upcoming events (5+)

How we Talk to our Kids: Parenting with NVC Fundamentals

Parents will leave with 4 key ideas to guide interactions & tips to try with children age 0-18. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a notebook, snacks, water.

How we Talk to our Kids: Parenting with NVC Fundamentals

Parents will leave with 4 key ideas to guide interactions & tips to try with children age 0-18. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a notebook, snacks, water.

How we Talk to our Kids: Parenting with NVC Fundamentals

Parents will leave with 4 key ideas to guide interactions & tips to try with children age 0-18. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a notebook, snacks, water.

How we Talk to our Kids: Parenting with NVC Fundamentals

Parents will leave with 4 key ideas to guide interactions & tips to try with children age 0-18. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a notebook, snacks, water.

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