Happy Parents Raise Happy Kids: Full day workshop
For many people, parenting their children is one of the most fulfilling feelings in their life. Parents compromise many of their career opportunities to give their kids what they perceive as happiness, joy and love. Somehow, parenting our children is the most responsible thing most of us do in our life, yet we are doomed to experiment every day of our kids’ life, through trial and error, to find the formula for better parenting. Parenting has been going on since the beginning of humanity, but many parents still feel they must reinvent the wheel over and over again and count on some mysterious instincts they are supposed to have.
Many parents report of having difficulties balancing their time between their jobs, their partner and parenting their children. They also struggle to make whatever resources they have meet their kids’ needs. This situation is reflected by their Kids’ behavior and state of mind, often causing unhappiness, frustration and self doubt. Teenage kids make parenting an even bigger challenge. Luckily, help is just around the corner…
The Better Parenting Skills workshop is a future-focused coaching course for parents who want to break free from the common self fulfilling prophecy that “parenting children is hard and that kids are terrible, cost lots of money and are never grateful for what their parents do for them”. It is the best program for parents who feel they are blaming or justifying, but understand they only project their fears and anxieties on their kids and are willing to take control over their own and their kids’ wellbeing.
In the Better Parenting Skills workshop, parents learn to coach themselves and their family towards positive thinking, self acceptance, appreciation, self confidence, love and caring. They learn new ways, integrate them into their life and get the philosophy and the principles behind them in order to be able to use them when needed, long after they have completed the workshop.
What’s in the workshop?
Number of participants in this workshop: 25.
Workshop running time: 8 hours, with two 15-minute breaks and a 1-hour break for lunch.
- Using positive language and positive focus
- Understanding children with different communication styles
- Expressing love for children the way they like to receive it
- Aligning beliefs
- Aligning values
- Setting effective rules & boundaries
Benefits to the participants
- Participants learn how the words they use encourage their kids to do the wrong thing and how they can change that
- Participants recognize, accept, interpret and learn to communicate in the styles of their family members
- Participants discover how to fill their children’s “love tanks”, as well as their own, and keep them full
- Participants learn how to eliminate limiting beliefs and create empowering beliefs for them and their children
- Participants find out how to tell their children what they want for them and to ask what the kids want for themselves, so they can help them succeed
- Participants learn to handle and prevent typical stressful parenting situations by creating a clearly outlined and safe emotional environment for their kids
Benefits to the community
- Happy, responsible, focused parents
- Parents viewing “the system” as a source of help
- Parents supporting one another, having shared an experience and developed a common “parenting language”
- A new trend in the community towards successful and fulfilling parenting (it is contagious)
- Better conditions at home for spouses and children
- Improved community atmosphere and positive “ripple effect” on others
Who is this presentation suitable for?
- Family Services government departments
- Youth Services government departments – young parents
- Family and parenting organizations
- Corporations and companies – work-life balance
- Festivals and events for parents
- Family lawyers (divorce and custody lawyers)
- Employment organizations
- Social workers supporting parents
- Community organizations
- Primary schools
- High schools
- Special education schools
Better Parenting Skills Feedback
Here is some parent feedback from a recent presentation:
The course has been a really great impact for the school community. People have come back to me and said their kids are doing better. I realised you can’t change your children, you can’t create a perfect world, but what you can do is share how you really feel and share how much you care about them. That’s one of the real winners for me.
Derek Brady, Principal, Upper Mt Gravatt State School
Winner of the 2010 QUT Showcase Award for Leadership
Ronit touches on issues a lot of courses neglect. She presents life coaching as a meaningful creative and fun way. She has wisdom and insight that make every participant connect with her and take something away that is significant for them. She was inspirational. Thank you!
Teacher, Education Queensland
It was like looking in a mirror… Very interesting. I like the way Ronit explains things. Take the time to attend. Invaluable!
Terri Schneeberg, mother of 3, Upper Mt Gravatt
I found Positive Thinking useful. It was fun playing games. It’s great to be here with other parents to share and learn in this skill to change yourself to do a good job as a parent.
Frequently Asked Questions
What problems does the Better Parenting Skills workshop solve?
Here are some common issues parents have, which they find solutions for in the Better Parenting Skills workshop:
- Why don’t kids listen to their parents?
- What can parents do to improve their kids’ discipline?
- How can parents improve the communication and focus within their family?
- Who are the greatest influences on kids’ life and how can parents overcome negative influences?
- How can parents analyze the relationships in their family and improve the relationships between parents and kids at any age?
- Why is there siblings rivalry and how can parents minimize it?
- How does the parents’ belief system influence their parenting style?
- What do kids want from their parents?
- What can parents do to design their family life the way they want it?
- Why do kids have challenges at school and how can parents help them?
- How can parents handle behavior problems?
- How can parents survive kids’ temper tantrums?
- How can parents set rules and boundaries that actually work?
- How can parents discover their kids’ learning style so that they do well at school?
- How can parents motivate their kids at any age?
- How can parents communicate clearly what they want for/from their kids?
- How can parents align their values to be more consistent in front of their kids?
- How can families find the balance between the needs of the kids and the needs of the parents?
- What are the best ways for parents to show their love for their kids?
- How to enjoy parenting?
Is the Better Parenting Skills workshop suitable for all parents?
Yes. The Better Parenting Skills workshop is suitable for parents of kids of all ages. We have had parents of babies, parents for toddlers, parents of primary school kids and parents of teenagers. The program is relevant for all parents, regardless of their kids’ ages and circumstances.
A typical thing parents say is “I wish I knew this sooner”. Therefore, we highly recommend this program for young parents to make sure they have good knowledge and tools to raise their kids from the get go. Having said that, it’s better late than never…
Is the Better Parenting Skills workshop run differently for parents of teens vs. parents of young babies?
Yes and no. Although the ideas covered in the program are the same, we do our best to cater for different needs. Parenting is unique to every parent and depends on the age of the parents, the kids and the circumstances. So we adapt the examples and the discussions to the parents in the room. This is why it’s best to tell us a little about the people who will be attending when you book the workshop.
Things like rules and boundaries to use with young kids are different from those required for teens. Since parents benefit a lot from examples and practical tips to establish good relationships with their young kids or teens, we make sure to tailor each program to the specific needs. This is why we recommend the workshop organizers to have a group with a common interest.
The program designed so that participants can implement them bases on their own style, beliefs and values, their kids’ age and style or circumstances.
Is it easier to coach parents of young kids or parents of teens?
When parents come to the program and want to have a happy family life and a good relationship with their young kids or teenagers, they are half way to success. It is as easy to coach parents of young children as it is to coach parents of teens. However, parents of teens are usually more frustrated, so they have more pain to overcome, whereas parents of young kids have less pain, only because their kids are younger. In both cases, the skills they learn are valuable for many years to come, because the parent-child relationship is for life and there is always time to do things better.
Who else can benefit from this program?
Teachers and carers of kids of all ages, social services officers and social workers who support parents and kids can benefit greatly from this program.
How long is the Better Parenting Skills workshop?
The Better Parenting Skills workshop usually runs for 8 hours, from 9am to 5pm, with one hour for lunch and two 15-minute breaks for morning tea and afternoon tea.
Some organizations ask for the program to run over two days to allow more discussion time and deeper understanding of the concepts.
Where do you run the Better Parenting Skills workshop?
We accept bookings from anywhere in the world, as long as the venue can accommodate the number of participants and provides a data projector and a whiteboard.
This program runs in schools, organization training rooms, clubs and community halls, depending on the organizers’ preference.
Should I come with my husband/wife?
Over the years, we have found that when parents attend the Better Parenting Skills workshop together, this has a greater impact on the home environment. Parents who came together can implement the techniques and concepts more easily by complementing and supporting each other at home. However, it may be difficult for both parents to attend or for one partner to be too reserved to expose emotions in a group.
It is better for one partner to attend than none. The other partner will soon discover the positive changes at home and want to be able to do the same. Also, the parent who has participated in the workshop can present the new skills to the other parent in the safety of their home and help the other parent become comfortable with the process before he or she joins in redesigning the family life exactly the way they both want it.
Most importantly, kids are a reflection of what happens with both their parents, so when you start parenting your kids differently, they will show improvement already, even if your partner hasn’t changed.
What’s special about the Better Parenting Skills workshop?
Family life is based on each parents’ confidence, on parenting consistency and the relationship between the parents, as can be seen through behaviors. In times of stress, if a parent cannot rely on himself/herself or on the other parent, things start to fall apart for the children and they “inherit” the stress and “go nuts”. It so happens that many of the stressful situations are caused by mismatches in communication styles and other personal preferences.
We’ve done extensive research on communication styles, love languages and rapport building and added these powerful tools to our parenting toolkit. Time and time again, we see how these tools help our clients come to terms with who they are (“I’m OK”) and who they’re dealing with, both partners and kids (“You’re OK”) and to relate more effectively. They also learn to “store” positivity and love during good times for “emotional winters”, when these reserves come in handy.
Our program is holistic and focused on the long term. We work with parents to build their emotional intelligence and teach them how to sustain and even enhance the positive changes in themselves, their parenting and their partner. In a sense, parents become their own and their family’s coaches. This combination ensures a healthy support structure for any family change and growth long after the workshop is over.
When parents go back home to their kids, their parenting comes from a place of calm and reassurance and when kids struggle, the parents can coach them towards their own solution, which empowers them, increases their confidence and makes them appreciate their parents and want to spend more time with them – win-win all around!
What is the difference between the Better Parenting Skills workshop and other parenting programs?
The Better Parenting Skills workshop is future oriented, whereas other programs are more past oriented and problem focused, aiming to solve issues with parenting. We believe that looking for a solution for a problem after the problem evolved over years is like putting out fires as they occur. However good you are as a fire fighter, other fires can always start somewhere else. Moreover, fire fighters see fires everywhere.
The Better Parenting skills workshop focuses on creating a positive, supportive, fulfilling and happy family life, in which “fires” are rare and brief and life is mostly great. Our participants see opportunities everywhere.
Many people come to our workshops after attending other workshops and say that it is a refreshing concept to focus on the parents’ wellbeing instead of giving them labels for their dysfunctional family life. We believe that “Happy parents raise happy kids” and that giving problems labels is not going to make kids life any better.
We don’t dwell on the reasons, because we believe you can, at any stage of your life, take control and change your family life to be exactly the way you want it to be. We have many personal and other participants’ examples for how focusing on the future, no matter what’s happened in the past, lets you make your parenting better and learn to raise happy kids in a happy family.
What is Ronit’s background?
Ronit Baras has a Bachelor of Education in Special Education and a teaching certificate in several countries. She is a Justice of Peace (in Queensland, Australia), holds a Diploma in Journalism and is an accredited Life Coach.
Ronit specializes in learning difficulties and gifted kids using emotional intelligence. She has over 24 years of experience in education, using coaching methods to enhance the academic, social and emotional development of children. Ronit is a public speaker on language acquisition, teaching with games, the learning process, goal setting, time management, communication styles and various other personal development-related topics. She has a column on education, parenting and life skills in a Melbourne-based newspaper. She was a regular contributor to Insight Magazine and writes for professional magazines.
Ronit has an extensive parenting experience, being the mother of 3 gorgeous kids, the oldest of which is now 20 years old. She currently lives with her husband and kids in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
How do I book the Better Parenting Skills workshop?
Complete the form below and enter “Better Parenting Skills workshop” as your desired presentation name. Add as many specific details about your audience, your organization and any other circumstances for the workshop and click “Send”. Once we have received your request, we will get back to you within 2 business days.