Events

Courses and workshops

Our culture gives very little support and recognition to the vital work of parenting - we want to start to change that here! When we really consider the amazing and demanding job we are doing in raising a family, it is strange to think of everything we don't get that you would expect in a paid job - pay being one of the many things! But this most certainly is real work, and it is too challenging to undertake on our own, in this busy, time-poor society. Here at Journeys in Parenting, we provide many activities which will support you in your parenting journey, and we very much hope to connect with you at one of them - just click on the event title for more details. If you can't see what you are looking for below, please do get in touch and we can create a session tailored to your situation.

Most of our sessions run in or around the Wokingham, Berkshire (UK) area, but travel to your locality is possible if that would be helpful. Sessions can be in person, or online - so that as many people as possible can access this support. We try to charge as little as we can, and some sessions we are able to offer for free, but we do need to pay our way - however, if you are in a position where you need a concession, and we will gladly consider this (just get in touch to talk it over). Our usual prices are given below, for your information.

Name of event

Date/sTimesCost guide

Notes

One-to-One ConsultationsBy arrangement Click here for costs and more info
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Personal consultations for specific or urgent issues are available by arrangement - please click on the 'Book now' button to discuss whether this might be a useful option for you (no obligation). No experience of the Hand in Hand approach necessary
Location: in-person local support (Wokingham, Berkshire), remote support elsewhere
Community SupportOngoing FreeOur very valuable and supportive closed Facebook group is for parents and carers who are interested in learning more about Hand in Hand Parenting, who want a safe space to ask questions, or who just need some moral support or to feel less isolated. Open to all - you do not need to be local to Wokingham to join
Family Meet-upWed mornings - weekly, ongoing10am-12pmFreeA weekly informal meet-up for families local to Wokingham, Berkshire - open to all
Location: Wokingham, Berkshire
Evening Social for ParentsMonthly8-11pmFreeLow-key evening social event for parents at our house in Wokingham - all welcome, even if you've never met any of us before! Come and have a drink or a cuppa, feel free to bring a drink/nibbles if you would like to, and let's keep building this wonderful community! Next event/s: Sat 9th Sept, Sat 21st Oct
Location: Wokingham, Berkshire
Parent Support GroupCurrently Thursdays - weekly, ongoing8-9:30pm£5/week, 6-week blocks
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This group runs in 6-week blocks - please click on the 'Book now' button to register your interest in this group, and to find out when future blocks will start
Location: Wokingham, Berkshire
(Nb, you must have a good working knowledge of Listening Partnerships, and have some practical experience of using them, in order to attend the support group - contact us if you're not sure)
Air and ShareMonthly - various days8-9.30/10pm£5
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A monthly session to get support for issues which are challenging you right now. Next session: tbc (future dates will also be posted here)
Location: Wokingham, Berkshire
(Nb, this session is for people who have worked with me before, and you need to have a working knowledge of the HiH tools and to be actively using the HiH approach within your family to attend - contact us if you're not sure)
Parenting for PeaceSunday evenings, fortnightly8-9.30pm£donations
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Fortnightly discussion group. Open to all, we will be exploring ways to parent more peacefully, joyfully and respectfully. Next session: tbc
Location: Wokingham, Berkshire
(Nb, this is a discussion group - I will be facilitating rather than teaching, and it is not specific to HiH)
Course: 6-week Starter ClassThursdays, Sept 28th - Nov 16th 20178-10pm£210
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£210 (£380 for couples) is our usual price, but please contact us if you want to discuss a payment plan or concession - we are more than happy to consider this.

**This course is currently full, but do contact us if you wish to be put on the waiting list in case a space becomes available**

6 sessions in total, run over an 8-week period (to allow for upcoming work commitments within our family)

This course is for anyone who wants to learn about the HiH approach in more depth, and get support using the tools within their own family

Location: Wokingham, Berkshire

Talk: Handling Aggressive BehavioursIn person: Mon 2nd Oct, Mon 30th Oct
Online webinar:
Wed 4th Oct, Wed 1st Nov
8-10pm£30
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A 2-part session focusing on aggression and how to understand and manage it. Either attend the in-person session, or the watch the live Facebook webinar (this will be recorded for those who can't make the time)

**Our in-person sessions are currently running a waiting list - if you would like to attend, you can either: let us know that you would like to be put on the waiting list, or: book on the online course, and put a note in comments that you would like a place on the in-person course if it becomes available - and attend the online version if not**

**If you can only make one of the in-person sessions (you can make up on the other via the relevant webinar), please select 'in-person' when booking, and let me know which session you will be attending**

Location: Wokingham, Berkshire (in person), or via Facebook (distance attendees)

Journeys in Parenting events: full list

This is a full list of all the talks, workshops and courses we offer, with very brief details listed for each event – just click on the event title for more information. If an event is currently scheduled, you will find it in the table above. If you are interested in an event which is not scheduled (or you can’t make the date for one of the events in the table), please just get in touch to discuss this, as we are happy to put on events if there is demand for them. Please also get in touch if there is a topic not listed here, and which you would like us to cover, and we will happily consider setting something up if we possibly can.

For parents and carers

One-to-One Consultations – if you have some specific issues you want to address urgently, a one-to-one consultation may be useful to you

Community Support - get amazing support from other like-minded families, in our non-judgemental, wonderfully supportive Facebook group

Family Meet-up - free weekly informal social meet-up for any families who would like to come (or even for parents on their own if children are in school!)

Parents' Evening Social - approximately monthly free social event, for the Journeys in Parenting community to meet and chat

Parent Support Group – this is for you if you already have some knowledge or experience of the Hand in Hand tool of Listening Partnerships, and wish to develop your LP skills and work through issues in your parenting, in a supportive group

Air and Share - monthly (ish!) get-together to get support for areas that are not feeling like they are going well in your parenting - a chance to share your own particular issues, get questions answered, and meet other like-minded parents

Introduction to Hand in Hand Parenting– a short talk to introduce you to the Hand in Hand approach, for those who are not familiar with it, or who wish to see if it feels like the right path for them

Starter Class – 6-week class, covering all the Hand in Hand Listening Tools. An amazing foundation to the approach

Listening Partnerships – an introduction or recap of the key Hand in Hand tool of Listening Partnerships |

Handling Aggression – ideas to help parents understand where aggression might come from, and how to help a child with it

Encouraging Cooperation – effective ways to develop cooperation within your household

Sibling Solutions – why sibling rivalry happens, and what to do about it. This session will also help to support children in developing peer relationships

Sleep Solutions – how to support your child with the sleep issues which affect your family

Playfulness in Parenting – how to use playfulness effectively in your parenting, and increase cooperation and fun in your family

Parenting your Strong-Willed Child – why your child repeatedly ‘defies’ you, and what you can do about it Sleep Solutions (further details to follow) – helping children with sleep issues

Coping with the Holidays – ideas to help you through the busy and challenging holiday period

For education professionals

We also run sessions for educational settings – examples are given below, but please get in touch if there is a specific area you wish to cover:

Connection and Handling Big Emotions - how to build strong relationships with the children you work with, and what to do when children experience big emotions like tears and tantrums

Helping Children to Play Well Together - ideas to support challenging areas for peers, such as sharing, managing aggression, and encouraging quiet children to participate

Working with Aggression - why children are aggressive, and how you can best support them

An Introduction to Speech and Language Development - understand how speech, language, and communication develops - and why this is important to know!

Strategies to Support Language Development (pre-requisite: An Introduction to Speech and Language Development) - specific, practical ideas on how to make your setting a language-rich environment, and how to tailor your input for individual children