(e.g., homeschool conventions, parent meetings in churches, parent meetings in schools)
Topics for Parents (e.g., homeschool conventions, parent meetings in churches, parent meetings in schools)
The Top Six – I recommend you choose first from among these seminars:
Frustrated, Perfectionistic Kids: Guiding and Changing Their Behavior
Are your children easily frustrated by their mistakes – even small ones? Do they give up too quickly when something is hard? Do they resist taking risks? Do they want everything to be easy and is getting them to put forth effort like pulling teeth? Learn what contributes to all of this and what to do. Ideas will be practical, realistic, and relevant to all ages.
Kill the Spider – Don’t Just Sweep Away the Web
Discovering roots of learning, motivation, and behavior issues is a key to helping children change. We must kill the spider and not just sweep away the web! Would you be surprised to know that every problem can be assigned to one or more of just five issues? It’s true! Come and be refreshed with this practical problem-solving approach so you can efficiently meet children’s needs with solutions that work.
Maximize the Genius Qualities in Your Children
It’s very probable that you and your children are blessed with many of the 12 genius qualities identified by studying classic geniuses of all times. You might have much in common with Edison and Einstein! Dr. Kathy will share the list of genius qualities (e.g., curiosity, playfulness, imagination). We’ll examine the list (you’ll probably be surprised), define the qualities, and consider how they might be shut down and can be encouraged in our children.
Motivation Matters: Instill Hope
Learn about common causes of motivation problems and three things children must believe in order to be motivated in the right direction. Learn many practical and realistic ideas such as how to effectively use positive and negative consequences, how to compliment and correct (and not criticize), which character qualities to prioritize, and the four roles parents must play in order to increase children’s motivation to learn, succeed, and obey. Ideas will be relevant to all ages.
Technology’s Influence Over Kid’s Beliefs and Behaviors
Many children are more ungrateful and argumentative than we ever thought they’d be. Do yours complain frequently and get bored quickly? You’re not alone. Technology is powerful and helpful in many ways. Yet, it can also contribute to children’s unhealthy beliefs (e.g., I deserve to be happy), negative attitudes and character (e.g., impatience, entitlement, self-centeredness), and unwise actions (e.g., isolation, ignoring authority). Learn why this happens and practical, realistic things you can do.
Your Child’s Brain: Learning More with the 8 Great Smarts
All children have eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning. Each smart will be defined and explained so you can determine which ones are strengths for your children and how to teach with them. Reteaching with a variety of smarts is especially effective. You’ll also learn how children might be getting into trouble through their greatest smarts and how they’re relevant to spiritual growth and career choice. [If you prefer, this topic can be presented to families. Children and parents sit together to learn and they know they all heard the same truths. This makes applying the ideas even easier.]
Change: Teach Them Don’t Tell Them
Are you frustrated because your children aren’t changing in ways you want them to? Dr. Kathy will help you understand several subtle attitudes and habits that make change difficult so you can decrease their effects. She’ll help you embrace the definition of “change” as “exchange” so you understand what causes improvements to more likely remain. She’ll also share relevant Scripture and demonstrate how to accurately and powerfully apply it to the change process.
Compliment and Correct to Powerfully Encourage Your Children
Compliments and corrections have the power to increase or decrease children’s confidence, self-discipline, motivation, and learning. They contribute to a culture of effort and joy or apathy and fear. They’re a very important communication and teaching tool. The value of specific and focused compliments and corrections rather than general statements will be emphasized. Differences between corrections and criticisms will also be explained and modeled. Dr. Kathy’s examples and stories will make the ideas come alive.
Created To Be
As Dr. Kathy shares her story, parents will be able to see their children’s strengths, challenges, and life goals with a healthy perspective. They’ll ponder questions like, “Why were they created?” and “Who are they and who are they becoming?” Kathy’s Chatty-Kathy, too-tall, spelling-doesn’t-come-naturally, low-voice reality and how she became comfortable with it all will inspire parents and give them hope if they’re discouraged. Her humor is disarming and the truths are undeniable. You are who you are supposed to be!
Focus Children’s Thinking to Improve Efficiency and Learning
Children think all the time, but they don’t necessarily think about what you want them to. Therefore, they become frustrated and less motivated. They can struggle to learn. Learn how to focus their thinking so they know what to think about, think with, and why. The practical and realistic planning model will increase your efficiency and children’s success. Ideas are relevant for all ages and content areas.
For the Sake of Others: Living a “One-Another” Lifestyle
Have you wished for an operations manual for you and your children? The Bible is it! The 41 “one-another” passages from the New Testament offer specific and practical instruction on how to relate to others and build character. Let’s learn the list and discover the pattern of one-another instruction in Scripture. What does it mean to honor, submit, greet, bear with, and not judge one another? Why should we?
Mordecai: A Model for Mentoring
Because of Mordecai’s mentoring, obedience, and courage and Esther’s courageous and obedient actions, the Jewish people were saved. Seeing their God-given opportunity, Mordecai and Esther seized it! Their lives made a difference. Today’s precious children need adults to come alongside and instruct and guide them much like Mordecai did for Esther. Let’s examine Mordecai’s methods so we can use them effectively to transform children we know and, through them, the world!
Strong-Willed: A Focus on Solutions
Are you raising strong-willed children who always want their way? In this practical and encouraging session, we’ll examine why strong-willed children behave the way they do. Then several strategies that can immediately improve your relationships and lead to peace will be clearly explained and demonstrated. More importantly, perhaps, strong-willed children will be more able to thrive when they learn first-time obedience through these strategies.