Mum and boy in a vigorous snuggle

Workshops, Webinars and Courses on Parenting Topics

We can do talks and courses on just about any parenting topic!  Here are some we have coming up.

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Looking for Immediate Help?
Who can attend – Do I need to be familiar with Hand in Hand Parenting?
How can I learn more?
Tell me more about Parenting Consultations
What will I get from attending these workshops?
Why is there no childcare at these workshops?
What have other parents said about these workshops?

More information about Workshops

“Why Won’t They Just Do What I Say?” Setting Limits and Building Co-operation Limit setting can be a positive experience for you and your child! We believe that it is possible to set limits with your children in ways that improve your relationship and bring you closer. Children need limits, and test limits because they are carrying emotional tensions which are driving them off-track. We offer a parent-tested, practical approach to limit setting that will have everyone thinking well on the other side of it, and make sure that the limits you set today are building the relationship you want with your child tomorrow. Back-to-top

Helping Children Learn Children love to learn, and learn naturally. They learn through play, the behaviour of the people around them, and from their own experiments. They are also experts at making friends. Once they hit school, however, sometimes these things do not come so easily. And as your child gets older, their confidence as a learner can be dented. Come and learn about your very special role in supporting your children at school or with learning anything. Back-to-top

Starting School With Ease Starting school can be a challenge for both parents and children. Kids are wired to learn, but school can be complicated. There are separations, new social challenges, and challenges in learning. And for us, there is much to learn about how to be “school parents”, how to help our children stand up for themselves, how to assist their learning and negotiate friendship issues. When our children start school it can also remind us of our own early experiences with learning – and that may not always have been easy. Learn practical Listening Tools to build your child’s confidence, prepare for separations, and get the support you need to keep supporting your kids the way you want to! Back-to-top

“Will you Play With Me?” Building Confident and Resilient Children Children love and need to play. But play also has a key role to play in strengthening your relationship with your child, building emotional safety with them, and helping them work through tensions and concerns. Learn how to follow your child’s lead in play to build their confidence and resilience. Back-to-top

“I Have To Go Now!” – Helping Your Child With Separation Anxiety Separating from loved ones is a key issue for young children. It is normal for children (and their parents) to have feelings about having to be away from one another – even well into the teens. These feelings can be acknowledged, anticipated and effectively dealt with in ways that increase a child’s general confidence and willingness to separate from loved ones. Come and learn practical ways to help make parting from one another a positive experience. Back-to-top

Homework Hassles and How to Help Homework is one of those perpetual challenges for parents (and children!). Whatever you think about whether there is any point, it’s something that we have to manage once our children hit school. But parents have a key role to play here: we can provide our children with an opportunity to work through difficult feelings and frustrations that they accumulate during the school day, and which get in the way of learning. Learn how to build the connection with your child that is the foundation for effective learning, and help them with hard feelings and frustrations that crop up around learning. Back-to-top

Looking for Immediate Help?

Why wait? Book a Free 20 Minute Consultation and I can learn more about your issues and recommend some next-steps.

In addition, you can also book a Parenting Consultation with Madeleine. We can work together to tailor the Hand in Hand Parenting approach specifically for your parenting challenges, working towards developing a Personalised Parenting Connection Plan for your family to solve problems and help you build connection and closeness. Back to top

Who can attend – Do I need to be familiar with Hand in Hand Parenting?

These groups are open to all parents of  children aged 1-12.

You don’t need to know anything about Hand in Hand Parenting, but if you want to learn more, you’ll find a good general introduction hereBack-to-top

How can I learn more

For a more in-depth introduction, we can highly recommend the Short Online Parenting Courses on common parenting topics. If you are not sure, please contact Madeleine to discuss.

We also recommend the book “Listen” by Patty Wipfler.  Back-to-top

Tell me more about Parenting Consultations.

A Parenting Consultation will give you the opportunity to get started straight away.  Madeleine can work with you to understand the particular challenges you face and how to apply Hand in Hand in your family to build closeness and ease difficulties.  These Consultations are conducted by video conference.  The initial consultation is 75 minutes long, and follow-up Consultations can be either 45 or 60 minutes.  We can generally provide you with a recording of the Consultation if you would find that useful. Back-to-top

What will I get from attending these workshops?

You’ll learn the importance of connection in your family, and about the Hand in Hand Listening Tools that will help you build connection and resolve difficulties.

Parenting is also not well supported in our society – we aren’t trained, we aren’t paid, and there isn’t nearly enough support.  A lot of the advice and information we get is difficult to know how to apply in our family.  At these workshops, you will also learn about Listening Tools for getting support for you – because parenting is challenging at the best of times.

There is always lots of advice, but in short supply is a safe, non-judgmental place to:

  • make sense of that advice and plan for our parenting;
  • unload when things get tough;
  • hear that we are not alone;
  • be appreciated for how hard we try;
  • share successes and happy moments; and
  • reflect on our own stories and how these influence our parenting.

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Why is there no childcare at these workshops?

I understand that childcare can be a real challenge!  However, we do not have children with us at any of my talks or workshops (except when the event is especially organised to be for the children).

Parents need a place where they can focus fully on getting support for themselves, and if children are there, our focus often goes to them (as it should!).  Plus, we need a space where we can talk about the highs and the lows of parenting, and in general, our children do not need to hear about that.

So please, do not bring your children to these workshops, however young they are.  Treat yourself to a short time where you don’t need to pay attention to them, and can get the support you need to go back to them and be the best parent you can be!  If this is hard for you to organise, book Free 20 Minute Consultation so we can talk it through and see if there are options. Back-to-top

What have other parents said about these Workshops?

“I’ve done a lot of parenting courses, and read a lot of books.  In one session, Madeleine communicated a picture of why my children behave as they do which made more sense of what is going on than anything else I’ve come across.  She offered practical strategies and approaches that I will go home and try.  I’m looking forward to learning more.”

Mother of 5 y.o twins & 9 year old, Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW, Australia

“I loved this presentation – I really appreciated the interaction in the group.  I found the discussion about how our brains work better when we connect with others fascinating.”

Father of 5 year old, Marrickville NSW Australia

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Workshop Topics

Why Won’t They Just Do What I Say?” Setting Limits and Building Co-operation
Helping Children Learn
“Will you Play With Me?” Building Confident and Resilient Children
“I Have To Go Now!” – Helping Your Child With Separation Anxiety
Homework Hassles: How to Help Your Child
“Why is My Child Afraid?” – Helping Children With Their Fears and Worries
“It’s Time for Bed Now” – Helping Your Child to Sleep
Helping Children Play Well Together
Starting School, Surviving School, Thriving at School – Helping with School Struggles
Biting, Pushing, Pulling Hair – Helping Children with Aggression
“It’s Mine!” – All About Sharing
“Why Can’t They Just Get Along?” Some Solutions for Sibling Rivalry
“Daddy Loves You Very Much” – Fathers Are Primary Parents
“I Can’t Stand it Anymore!” – What to Do When Your Kids Push You Over the Edge
Tears, Tantrums and Other Troubles – Handling Emotional Moments
What is the cure for whining?
“I Hate You!” – Hard Words and Hard Feelings Between Parents and Children.
Raising Boys to be Gentle and Girls to be Strong.
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