Our specially-developed Hoffman Foundations in Parenting workshop focuses on the emotional nurturing of babies and children through the early years (from ages 0-12) and how our own behavioural patterns impact on our role as their caregivers. It’s led by Supervising Hoffman Teacher Eliza Meredith and Parenting Coach Michelle Matthews.
We’d all like our children to be able to cooperate, communicate and persevere with resilience, but how often do we examine our own grasp and practice of those skills? Building self-knowledge, self-compassion and confidence in ourselves impacts directly on improving our relationships with the children around us – and on the flipside, identifying our own negative behaviours can make us less likely to pass them on to our children.
In the workshop, we’ll use the same ethos that underpins the Hoffman Process (Bob Hoffman’s theory of Negative Love) to look at:
- Identifying family roles and inherited patterns
- Developmental stages – what’s typically going on for your child at each age and stage of their development
- Parenting attachment styles
- The rhythms of caregiving
- The values and traditions of your family – past and present
- Setting house guidelines (including screen time!), avoiding vicious cycles and resolving conflict
- Staying calm in order to stay positive
- Listening so children will talk and talking so children can hear
‘Foundations in Parenting: The Childhood Years’ is open to parents and carers, childminders, teachers, parents-to-be and grandparents, whether they’ve done the Hoffman Process or not. Come on your own or as part of a parenting couple – either way, you’ll find yourself gaining insight in the supportive company of a group of others facing similar challenges.
What people say…
Some great ideas shared and exchanged – so helpful to be in a group of such different people but with similar issues. Inspiring and enlightening!
Date: Saturday 16 May
Venue: tbc, central London
Cost: £100 per person or £180 for two people attending together
Suitable for: Parents or carers of children aged 0-12, childminders, KS1 teachers, parents-to-be, step parents, grandparents
About the workshop leaders:
I have been teaching the Hoffman Process for 14 years and have a Masters in psychotherapy. I am a mother to two adult children and have two grandchildren of 11 and 7. My interest in how humans develop and grow has been a life passion, as well as the struggles and delights of that most important job: being a parent.
I am a psychotherapist, parenting coach and mother of two young daughters. I am passionate about being more playful and skilled as a mother and more forgiving of my failings! I enjoy watching my children develop as I grow alongside them. I’ve learned that parenting is not something we perfect but something we practise every day.
- Foundations In Parenting Workshop: Saturday 16 May
May 16, 2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: TBC, central London