How to Talk so Kids will Listen
Presenter: Sue Tyrie
Place: Bedford Village Morning School
Dates: Thursdays beginning September 28th.
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

We highly recommend this workshop to all parents, especially those parents new to BVMS. It will give you the opportunity to see the philosophy teachers use each day with your child while giving you new skills to use at home.

Here's What Will Be Covered in the Workshop Sessions:

  • Helping Children Deal with their Feelings:
    Exploration of what happens to children when their feelings are denied. Specific skills that help children to recognize and cope with their negative feelings. Ways to accept children's feelings, limit unacceptable behavior, and still maintain goodwill.
  • Engaging Cooperation:
    How children react to commonly used methods to get them to cooperate. Five ways to invite cooperation that will leave parents and children feeling good about themselves and each other.
  • Alternatives to Punishment:
    How do children react to punishment? Alternatives to punishment that enable parents to express their strong disapproval as well as encourage children to assume responsibility for their behavior.
  • Encouraging Autonomy:
    Ways to help children become separate, responsible people who can one day function on their own. Skills to help children rely upon themselves.
  • Praise:
    An exploration of the kinds of praise that build a positive and realistic self image and the kinds that do not.
  • Freeing Children from Playing Roles / Final Review:
    How we can free children from playing out roles that they have been cast into. Applying all the skills learned in previous sessions to current problems with our children.

BVMS parents attend at no charge. (There will just be a $15.00 charge for the book.) If you would like to purchase a book from BVMS, please let us know when you register. The general public is welcome to attend as room permits. The fee for non-BVMS parents is $90.00 (book not included.) Please call (603-472-5531) or e-mail to reserve your space. You may buy the book at the workshop or feel free to borrow one for the duration of the workshop.


How to Talk so Kids will Listen
Presenter: Sue Tyrie
Place: Bedford Village Morning School
Dates: To Be Announced
Time: To Be Announced

Here's What Will Be Covered in the Workshop Sessions:

  • Helping Siblings Deal with their Feelings About Each Other:
    hat happens to brothers and sisters when their hostile feelings about each other are ignored or denied? Four specific methods for helping children express their negative feelings to each other without doing damage.
  • Keeping Children Separate and Unequal:
    How siblings react when they are compared to each other—unfavorably or even favorably. Effective alternatives to comparisons. How siblings feel about always being treated equally. Ways to treat children unequally and still be fair.
  • Siblings in Roles:
    Why brothers and sisters are often cast, and cast each other, into different roles. A look at how powerfully these roles affect their relationships with each other. Skills that free each child to become his own person.
  • When the Kids Fight:
    What can you do when fighting breaks out between the children? An exploration of commonly used strategies that backfire. A chance to practice the skills that reduce rage and motivate children to work out their own solutions.
  • Problem Solving:
    A method for helping children deal with the problems they can't work out by themselves. A simple ten-step approach that enables adults to sit down with the young combatants so that they can move toward resolving their conflicts.
  • A Final Review:
    Time to review and consolidate your skills. Exercises give you practice in applying everything you learned to potentially explosive situations. Finally an opportunity to take a second look at your own adult sibling relationships from your new perspective.

"Life Skills Parent Training"
Presenter: Sue Tyrie
Place: Bedford Village Morning School
Dates: To Be Announced
Time: To Be Announced

The Life Skills Program at BVMS is at the center of all we do. We could not be more thrilled with the results we have seen over the last 10 or more years. This workshop is designed to help parents fully understand the program so that they can incorporate the vocabulary and skills at home . This workshop generally lasts between an hour to an hour and a half. (depending on numbers in attendance). We urge you to take advantage of this workshop when it is offered.

  • History of Life Skills (brief description)
  • The Art of Using the ABC's of Life Skills
  • Life Skills Curriculum (what, when and where are the Skills taught)
  • How and When to use this at home.
  • Guidelines to Insure that the Program is Successful.
  • Questions and Answers.

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