Respectful Parenting The Early Years

Respectful Parent

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Respectful Parenting
the early years


for parents of infants and preverbal toddlers
with excerpts from Parent Effectiveness Training

When people become parents, it takes a while to figure out just what we are doing – it can be overwhelming and intimidating. This class will help you see your child in a whole new way and take some of the pressure out of doing it “right.” Even the smallest of babies are capable of things we might not realize in the newness of it all.

Kelly will help you get to know your baby as a separate person, she will teach you to observe and ‘decode’ your child’s cues and cues.  This will help you begin to solve problems together, doing things “with” your child not “to” your child.

When parents start off with respect and keeping the end in mind, it fosters independence, self-awareness, and respect. It even helps give parents some free time creating children that can play by themselves! If you want to foster a trusting strong relationship from the beginning, this class will shift your perspective so you can see the things your child can do, not what they can’t.

Early years classes cover some of same the basic skills from Parent Effectiveness Training and builds on them in different ways. Listening with understanding and talking to be understood are the two important skills covered in every class.

Kelly's "Early Years" classes focus on the following 

  • How to talk to an infant so they feel heard
  • How listening to understand improves language and brain function
  • How to use good attending behavior (body language, tone of voice and other signals we don’t know we send)
  • Why identifying problem ownership is a mindfulness tool that helps you react differently(why feelings are the child’s to own
  • How to stop entertaining your child all day
  • Decoding Crying – and why it’s nothing to freak out about!
  • How slowing down when you all you really want is to FINISH (insert hard thing) will help things go more smoothly
  • How to get more out of parenting while stressing less and relaxing MORE.
  • How to foster independence from birth
  • Seeing your child as a whole person instead of a dependent person
  • How to get more out of parenting while stressing less and relaxing MORE.
  • How to foster independence from birth
  • Why identifying problem ownership is a mindfulness tool that helps you react differently
  • Including children in problem-solving from the beginning
  • Making daily activities like baths, diaper changes, and feeding go more smoothly
  • How to create a routine your baby will respond to and why that matters
  • Navigating Toddler Conflict and other challenging behavior
  • Modifying Environments for Success
  • Assuming independence before jumping in
  • How to be the calm anchor when your baby is crying
  • The 3 kinds of time every PARENT with a small child needs
  • Thinking critically about our own needs and identifying them to avoid overwhelm and “empty cup” syndrome




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