Last Week’s Caregiver / Parent Workshop – Thank you Cindy, attendees & volunteers!
On Thursday, April 4th, Cindy Smolkin returned for part 2 in our parent/caregiver workshop series, funded by the Parents Reaching Out grant from the Ministry of Education. Cindy shared many strategies with the 50 attendees on how to pick our battles when it comes to power struggles with our kids whom we both love and who also know how to push our buttons! Examples from Cindy’s counselling practice and her own home life, coupled with the anecdotes from Davisville parents (and even some entertaining role playing!) contributed to an informative evening, sprinkled with insights and humour. It was also nice to have Shona in our midst, offering stories from the trenches as a parent of a teenager. Many left the workshop feeling empowered to test out new tactics, and reassured with the knowledge that many of us are going through similar trials!
Thank you to the many volunteers among you who helped to make both this workshop and part one in November run smoothly, and for all who offered feedback. We also wish to thank the TDSB for its additional funding.
We purchased two “Connected Parenting” books from Cindy (written by Jennifer Kolari, founder of Connected Parenting, the network with which Cindy is affiliated). These will be available as parent resources through our school library. Please contact school librarian Robyn Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to borrow a copy.
What some attendees had to say about the workshop:
“I LOVE LOVE LOVE the real life examples and practical use of this seminar. You can leave and start using the tools right away.”
“Loved the real-life examples and Cindy’s “real-ness”. It’s nice to have validation that no one is perfect all the time. Also really appreciated her comment that just because our kids may not be well behaved at all times does not mean we are not good parents. Feel good about what you do.”
“I got so much great information and tools to help me with my parenting. I brought back notes of points to talk about with my husband. I am so excited to start implementing ‘mirroring’ and changing a few ways i currently parent.”
“The workshop was very useful because it included practical suggestions on how to improve our interactions with our kids. A lot of specific examples were used in the presentations, which we could relate to, but it was easy to see how the strategies could be applied in a variety of situations.”