Workshop and Presentation Topics

These are commonly requested topics for workshops and presentations.

I am happy to tailor one specifically for your organization.

Parenting Youth Athletes
Getting the most out of your child’s participation in sports
More children are participating in sports than ever before and sports are becoming increasingly competitive, time-consuming, and expensive. In this workshop, you will learn what child development specialists have to say about children’s involvement in athletics. You will leave with tools to help your family make choices that respect your family’s values and your child’s needs.

Positive Discipline
Transform your family with this proven course
This powerful and practical course helps you to build strong, respectful relationship with your children while setting firm limits. Learn why children misbehave and what to do about it without resorting to yelling, grounding or bribes. Get on the same “parenting page” with your spouse and learn to resolve conflicts without power struggles.

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, And Listen So Kids Will Talk

Based on the best-selling book by Faber and Mazlish
In this workshop, you will learn and practice innovative ways to solve common problems in a way that is supportive, friendly, and effective. Learn how to listen to- and understand- your child’s concerns, have cooperation in your family without nagging, find alternatives to punishment, and help your child attain a positive self-image.

And Baby Makes Three
Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives
Having a baby is a joyous experience, but even the best relationships are strained during the transition from duo to trio. This workshop teaches the skills needed to maintain healthy marriages, so partners can avoid the pitfalls of parenthood by focusing on intimacy and romance, replacing an atmosphere of criticism and irritability with one of appreciation and creating a home environment that nurtures physical, emotional, and mental health.

Connection Before Correction
We chose to have children for many reasons but being “the enforcer” usually was not one. This powerful paradigm frees parents to spend less time disciplining, leaving more time for enjoying those we love.

“No I Won’t and You Can’t Make Me”
Preventing Power Struggles
No one wins when parents engage in power struggles with their children, yet we all find ourselves drawn into fights. Learn how to help children feel more powerful and how to join with your children rather than being perceived as their adversary.

“Do you really mean it this time?”
Setting Limits and Making Them Stick
Learn an easy four-step method for setting limits that stick. This method builds connection and uses principles as the basis for family rules so children learn values, not just compliance.

Morning Madness and Bedtime Battles
Planning to survive and thrive during the most challenging parts of your day
Getting out the door in the morning and putting kids to bed at night can be at times connecting and joyous and at others draining and discouraging. Learn tools and strategies to make these times smooth and peaceful.


managing your child’s relationship with technology
Whether it’s the video game console, the iPad, or the phone every family struggles with the role technology will play in their family and in their children’s lives. New research comes out every week with disturbing findings and hard-to-implement recommendations. Together we will navigate the choppy waters so you can leave feeling confident and empowered to lead your family with the best information and a plan you feel good carrying out.

Teens and Tweens
Navigating their increasing independence with safety and success
From eye rolls and sass and through driving, parties and college applications, we look at this developmental stage and how parents can support their children’s growth while continuing to be supportive and influential guides.

Your Child’s Strengths
The Strengths Movement in Parenting
From the cradle to the cubicle we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths. The Strengths Movement is founded on the principle that developing our strengths is the most efficient and rewarding path to excellence. We will discuss how to discover your child’s strengths and what you can do to develop them.

Compassionate Communication in Your Family
Use Non-Violent Communication to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation
Dive deeply into methods for developing genuine mutual respect between you and your children using the principles of Non-Violent Commination developed by Marshall Rosenberg. There are no quick fixes here. Mastering this rewarding philosophy of family communication is a lifelong process—here is a place to start or share thoughts with other like-minded families.

The Effort Effect
The Growth Mindset in Kids
Based on Carol Dweck’s breakthrough book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”, this workshop explores why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t. The key she found isn’t ability, it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed. You will learn how to support a growth mindset and help your children reach new heights by learning to embrace the occasional tumble.

Nurture Shock
New Thinking About Children – from Po Bronson’s book
We will step through Po Bronson’s topics and surprising findings from “The Inverse Power of Praise” which challenges the conventional wisdom that praising kids benefits them, to “The Sibling Effect” exploring why siblings really fight. Learn what researchers are learning about children’s development and how we can use this information to improve our parenting.