'My Child is being
Sensibly navigating school social problems with your child
45 minute workshop - pair with another 45 minute workshop.
To book this workshop please contact Bill Hansberry
It happens to every child at some stage in their schooling and some kids are much unluckier than others. It often starts out as a conflict but can soon turn into harassment, unfair treatment and even bullying. It is truly heartbreaking when we know our kids are having a tough time at school. Our inner Lioness kicks in and we want to fix the problems (and fix those other kids who are making our child's life miserable!) Afer all, school is supposed to be a happy place where kids feel accepted and safe - or is it?
If we are realistic, we will remember that school wasn't always great. Others weren't always kind to us and there were some times when things went awfully wrong. We might have been on the receiving end of some really mean behaviour. How our parents spoke to us, and what they did (and perhaps didn't do) in these moments shaped how what we think about conflict and upsets and how we respond to them.
This workshop has been written with an understanding of how much it hurts to see our kids in social pain. It draws on what we know about developing resilience and teaching kids to think logically about conflict and mean behaviour. There are sensible ideas for working with your child to understand what is happening and to activate their own problem-solving strategies to see themselves through these awful, but inevitable times at school.
We can teach our kids to cross the road but we can't stop the traffic for them.
We really enjoyed the interactive participation using the social window to help us understand the different styles of parenting and what our default style is when we are under pressure. We could have a laugh and learn. Bill reinforced the idea that consequences were necessary but were not about hurting or punishing children.
Gilles St Primary School