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Online - Playful Parenting Class

  • March 25, 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • Online

Are your children anxious about the Coronavirus?

Could you use help in lightening the atmosphere at home during school closures and quarantine?

Play is one of the best ways to relieve a child's emotional distress and to foster connection with our kids

• Could you use ideas for games to play when kids are home on break or from school closures?

• Are most of the interactions you have with your children about getting them to do something, or to stop doing something?

• Do you find it awkward to be silly with your kids, even when you know it might lighten things up?

• Are interactions with your children characterized by tension, stress, and conflict?

• Do you struggle to find activities that your kids will agree to do with you--instead of being on their digital devices?• Have you forgotten how to play?

Your hosts:

Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry, is a licensed psychologist specializing in children's play and play therapy. In addition to his private therapy practice, he is also a speaker and consultant to public and independent schools, and a teacher of parenting classes and classes for daycare teachers. Dr. Cohen is also the co-author, with Anthony DeBenedet, of The Art of Roughhousing. He wrote two books about children's friendships and peer relationships with Michael Thompson and Catherine O'Neill Grace: Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Mom, They're Teasing Me.

Susan Stiffelman is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, teacher and parent educator. She is the author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence (an Eckhart Tolle Edition.) Susan offers online events for parents around the world on topics like Raising Tweens and Teens, Parenting in the Digital Age, and Raising Siblings. She hosts a monthly parenting membership group, a support group with Wendy Behary on Co-Parenting with a Narcissist, and the Parenting Without Power Struggles podcast.

In this Master Class you'll discover:

• Ways to lighten household tension as Coronavirus disrupts usual activities and interferes with playdates

• How to foster greater closeness and cooperation through play• Games that relax anxious children's hyper-vigilant tendencies

• How to bring more playfulness into your relationship, even if you're not naturally goofy or silly

• Games to calm children's anxieties (and parents!)

• How to entice "digitally addicted" kids to hit the Off switch and join you in play

"Play is where children show us the inner feelings and experiences that they can't or won't talk about. We need to hear what they have to say, and they need to share it. That's why we have to join children where they live, on their terms. Children don't say, 'I had a hard day at school today; can I talk to you about it?' They say, 'Will you play with me?' If we say yes, they play out what happened in the best way they know how."

-Dr. Lawrence Cohen

$25, scholarships available. 

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