Aware Parenting

Aware Parenting

Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle sometimes with your children? Do you wish for a way to gain their cooperation and live a more peaceful life? Do you long for deep connections that last through the teenage years? If you’re running out of ideas and starting to hate the sound of your own voice on repeat perhaps it’s time for an entirely different approach? Rebecca Sheikh’s passion lies in helping parents find ways to discipline without the use of punishments or rewards she runs regular workshops on attachment play and is the UK’s only Aware Parenting representative. She has invited Dr Solter, the founder of the ground breaking Aware Parenting approach, to run a 2-day workshop for parents with children from birth to 12 years on the 28th and 29th of September 2018 in Bishopsgate. We’re very pleased to extend her offer of 20% off workshop fees for THMs members.

Dr Solter

Aletha Solter is a Swiss/American developmental psychologist who is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline. She studied with the Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she obtained a Master’s degree in human biology in 1969. She then earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1975, after which she taught psychology at the University of California and conducted research for a few years.

Based on current research in child development, Aware Parenting questions most traditional assumptions about raising children, and proposes a new approach that can significantly improve relationships within a family. Dr Solter has also written several books on Aware Parenting including The Aware Baby, Helping Young Children Flourish, Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play.

Workshop Details

On Day 1 the course will look at how to raise cooperative, responsible, and self-disciplined children without being too authoritarian or too permissive. Topics include the pitfalls of punishments and rewards, the basic techniques of democratic discipline, and the three reasons for inappropriate behaviour. Participants will learn how to change unwanted behaviour by recognising and meeting children’s needs. Rebecca Sheikh will also delve deeper into the power of play in supporting behaviour and healing daily traumas.

On Day 2 parents will be guided through how stress and trauma early in life can alter children’s neurobiological systems and lead to anxiety, behaviour problems, hyperactivity, attachment disorders, sleep problems, learning difficulties, depression, and physical illnesses. Luckily, children know how to heal from trauma if we give them the opportunity. We will review the major sources and symptoms of stress and trauma during infancy and early childhood, and discuss the conditions required for children to restore emotional health. The focus will be on creating emotional safety and facilitating children’s spontaneous stress-release mechanisms of crying, play, and laughter.

We’ll be catching up with Rebecca over the coming weeks to find out more about these ground breaking workshops and how they can help your family. Stay tuned!

Further Information

Where: St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

When: Fri 28 Sep 2018 9:00 am – Sat 29 Sep 2018 5:30 pm


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