Parent Support Group
This group is for parents or carers who have already done a Starter Class or who have experience of Listening Partnerships. Join us to further develop your listening skills, and to experience the life-changing effects of Listening Time.
This group is for you if you are:
- Using LPs currently, or have done them before and need a refresher
- Feeling stuck in some aspect of your parenting, and needing dedicated time to work on that area
- Wanting to develop your LP skills further
- Feeling isolated, and wanting to engage with support from and for other parents
- Finding yourself being very reactive in your parenting, and wanting to work on changing that
Locality: Wokingham, Berkshire, UK
Cost: £30 for 6 weeks. Class sizes are very limited to allow individual attention for each participant - register early to ensure your place!
Dates: the Parent Support Group runs in 6-week blocks - to find out when the next block is starting, please just register your interest in the group, and we will be in touch with further details.
"The tools are practical ways to help ourselves, as well as our children, deal with the day-to-day challenges of life. This approach to parenting has improved our family life to a significant effect."
"Learning tools to aid connection with my children has been invaluable. Staylistening has enabled me to embrace big emotions and I'm no longer anxious about avoiding tantrums etc. Playlistening has reduced frustrations around everyday routines and generally made life more fun."
"Finally parenting advice that comes with tools that sit right with my ethos of raising children - and they work!"
"What will I get from doing this group?"
You will have the chance to work through issues that are specific to you in your parenting, without judgement, and with warm support. You will find out more about who you are, and who you want to be - and be able to take steps to work towards that. You will learn to release blocked emotions, in the presence of caring listeners. You will learn how to give a speaker your full attention, and you will see how powerful your listening support is to others.
"I don't have any experience of Listening Partnerships, but this sounds like a group I really want to do - what's the way forward for me right now?"
We won't be teaching the idea of Listening Partnerships in this group, so there will be an assumption that people attending have a basic knowledge of LPs, and some experience in using them. If you haven't yet experienced the transformational power of LPs, there are a number of ways you can learn more:
- Attend an in-person Starter Class with Emilie
- Attend an online Starter Class with Hand in Hand Parenting
- Attend an introductory talk or workshop, on Listening Partnerships
- Take the Hand in Hand Listening Partnerships course (I've done it - it's brilliant!!)
- Find a Listening Partner and just get started!
"I'm struggling to afford anything extra just at the moment - what can I do?"
It's hard to juggle finances when there are so many areas where we need to spend, so I try to keep costs of the courses and talks I offer at a reasonable price. If you can't afford the full cost, please do contact me if you'd like to discuss this, and I will do my best to work something out. Of course, there are also tons of free resources on the Hand in Hand Parenting website: things like teleseminars (sign up to tune into an up-coming one, or there are pre-recorded ones too - just search for 'teleseminars' on the website, and you'll see a list of topics), video resources (search for 'videos' on the site), and stacks of useful articles and anecdotes. You are also extremely welcome to join the Journeys in Parenting Facebook group, where you can ask any questions you have, and will receive plenty of understanding and warm support.
"What sorts of problems might the Hand in Hand approach help me with?"
Parenting is very challenging and isolating work, often showing us lots of areas where we would like to make a change. Hand in Hand Parenting will help you to make those changes wherever you feel they are needed. The first things that come to mind are those everyday challenges, like brushing teeth, getting out of the door, bath times, tidying up, sleep, picky eating, and so on and so on! And then there are the more general behaviours, like defiance, aggression, sibling rivalry, shouting, name calling, withdrawing, whining, and many many more. But Hand in Hand also helps us with getting out of guilt mode, and feeling like a good parent again, along with supporting our development in many other areas of our lives, such as reducing isolation, improving communication, reducing stress, developing supportive relationships… It really is a life changer! If you're unsure if the Hand in Hand approach will help with your specific issues, I'd be more than happy to talk things over if you'd like to get in touch.
"Is the Hand in Hand Parenting approach right for me?"
Since becoming a parent, I have looked into and taken bits from many wonderful parenting approaches. What I love about Hand in Hand is that it: is very non-judgemental; meets people where they're at right now; assumes that everyone is doing the very best they can; really gets to the root cause of issues; gives practical tools; and supports parents themselves. The Hand in Hand Parenting approach benefits anyone, no matter where they are coming from, to find a more fulfilling, relaxed, and connected way of parenting. Feel free to have a read of some of these articles, or search the Hand in Hand website for a particular topic, and see what you think:
- Hand in Hand Parenting Overview - gives a great feel for what the approach is all about
- How Listening Transforms Family Life: An Introduction to Hand in Hand Parenting - a very useful overview of the Hand in Hand Parenting approach, including an brief outline of the approach's Listening Tools
- Hand in Hand Parenting, Working to Transform Parenting - briefly describes Hand in Hand's vision of their support for parents
- Want to Meet One of My Heroines? - and a wonderful testimonial to Patty Wipfler, founder of Hand in Hand Parenting, from Dr Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting
"Can I bring my baby to the talk?"
For this group, we would suggest that you not bring babies along - Listening Partnerships can get quite loud and heated (not great for little ones as a rule!), and it is also hard to immerse yourself fully in the LP experience if your child is present. You may prefer to try engaging in a Listening Partnership at a time that is convenient for you, perhaps over the phone, and then come back to this group in the future when you feel able to leave your baby at home with another carer for a short while.
"What happens after the 6 weeks?"
After our 6-week block, there are many avenues open to you if you wish to develop your LP skills further. I offer other short courses, and one-off talks and workshops, which will all utilise listening skills. Or if there's a particular area you want to delve into more deeply, I can provide one-on-one consultations. You are also more than welcome to join our extremely supportive and friendly Facebook group at any time (you don't need to have done any classes to join us), or to follow the Journeys in Parenting Facebook page. You might also wish to browse the Hand in Hand Parenting website, where you can search for information on specific issues, and find heaps of free resources (articles, other parents' stories, teleseminars, video series…), as well as further short courses and booklets for a small fee. To find a one-on-one LP, you may wish to link up with someone already attending the group, or for ways to find another LP, take a look at this article. Or you can always do another 6-week block!