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I am a teacher turned SAHM due to the pandemic. As I have undertaken this time at home with two young children, I have been so grateful for all I learned as a teacher at Our Neighborhood. I wanted to start this group to create a community where we can delight in our children’s learning together, inspire one another to closely observe play, and brainstorm ideas to help one another when we get stuck but want to help our kids go deeper into their interests.
We will pull from resources and research used by Our Neighborhood teachers to inform our discussions as well as our own knowledge as moms, educators, and citizens of the world. I know so many of us have been feeling isolated during this time, yet so much wonderful, important work is happening inside our homes. I hope you will join me as we encourage one another to stay inspired to plan intentional experiences for our children!
Welcome note from our founding mom:
Hi Everyone! I am so excited that we now have this Respectful Parenting Support group! As I have started my journey through parenthood, I have found how helpful and constructive community support can be. When my son began to attend Our Neighborhood Child Development Center, I learned that there was way more to parenting than I had expected. I also learned a lot about the kind of parent I want to be and realized that my previous support systems did not support my parenting goals as much as I needed. I saw the need for a community group to support myself and other parents and caregivers interested in respectful parenting. Luckily, I was able to reach out to Jenn from Our Neighborhood and she was happy to undertake this project with me. Thus this respectful parenting group has begun!
I hope that this group becomes a safe place for you work through any parenting challenges you may have, and provides you with additional tools and resources that assist you in meeting your parenting goals.
Read more: https://ourneighborhood.community/support-for-my-family/parenting-classes/respectful-parenting-support-group/
Nonviolent Communication (NVC), developed by Marshall Rosenberg, guides us to reframe how we express ourselves, how we hear others, and resolve conflicts by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting. It is a process that leads us toward a quality of connection among people where everyone’s needs are valued and are met through compassionate giving—out of the joy of contributing to another human being.
The potency of NVC is in its pragmatic simplicity. In any moment, there are two ways to enhance connection & understanding: (1) vulnerably express our own feelings & needs, or (2) empathically listen to the feelings & needs of the other. These are radically different choices than what we are accustomed to experiencing when we are in conflict: namely fight, submit, or flee.
- Intentional practice of NVC skills.
- A safe connected place for learning.
- Facilitated exploration of communication challenges through connection to universal needs.
- Everyone is welcome!
Your little one is getting big and things change rapidly in the toddler years. We are going to talk about it all! We will explore drawing healthy boundaries, managing toddler food, evolving toddler sleep needs, learning to use the potty, working through big emotions, fostering language development, and more.
We’re going to focus on toddlers 12-36 months and how your parenting will change once your baby isn’t quite a baby any more. There will be lots of time for questions and reflection as well as a bunch of the most important research into brain development, attachment, and how young children thrive.
All caregivers are welcome at any of the Our Neighborhood classes and we happily provide professional development hours to teachers who need credit.