Here are just some of the workshop offerings:
How Other People Do It- Empowering Diversity By Exploring Education And Parenting Practices Around The World
Explore parenting practices from cultures worldwide and which of these practices triggers our implicit biases. Develop a deeper understanding of the “why” behind various parenting practices to understand better the many “right” ways to parent.
With more understanding and respect for the “why” behind various beliefs and practices, participants will be able to advocate for their child’s or family’s specific needs when encountering someone from a different point of view.
Brain Development and Epigenetics: How everything we do lays the foundation for future learning
You may have heard about how important the first few years of life is for brain development, but did you know how much influence the world around your child can affect future outcomes? While we are all born with a specific genetic makeup, the experiences we have/do not have all shape our brains, determining future outcomes.
In this presentation, I’ll break down the scientific parts behind brain development and epigenetics into easy-to-understand information you can use immediately with your child. Parts of this presentation will focus on prevention (what we can do proactively to give children the best start possible) as well as reaction (what we can do to help children through traumatic or challenging experiences).
Using music to bond and play even if you’re a “terrible singer.”
Did you know your child has no idea if you are a “terrible” singer or if you are Beyonce? Your voice is the most magical and comforting sound to them, no matter what past karaoke experiences have led you to believe!
Learn more about how music, specifically singing, creates bonds between people, how co-regulation can occur, and ways to use music to play with your child.
Avoiding tantrums and improving communication skills using music
I often hear about young children having tantrums or meltdowns at specific times of the day, especially around times they have to change activities. Because young children do not have the complex vocabulary or speaking ability to explain how upset they are, young children use behaviors to act out these feelings.
While not everything can be avoided, using music to help with transitions and expectations can help prevent tantrums. Learn how music can set consistent expectations, communicate with young children, and help promote a positive environment!