Upcoming Parenting Classes & Parent Coach Trainings

 

Loving, Effective Sleep Solutions

for Young Children


When: Wednesday April 8, 2015

Where: Yo Mama Yoga Studio  (737 29th St. #201 Boulder, CO)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration & Cost: $35 or $55 couple (couple with the same children)

Call: 303-494-1107 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Early registration is recommended, this class fills fast!

 

In this workshop you will learn:

· Strategies for helping your child fall and stay asleep

· Routines and methods for falling asleep

· Tactics for middle of the night waking

· Challenges of different developmental sleep stages

· Understanding your child’s unique “sleep cues”

 

Loving Effective Discipline

for Young Children

 

When: Wednesday April 1, 2015

Where: YWCA (2222 14th St. Boulder, CO)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Registration & Cost: $35 or $55 couple (couple with the same children)

Call: 303-494-1107 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Early registration is recommended, this class fills fast!

 

In this class you will learn:

· Strategies for setting effective, clear limits

· Tactics to prevent problems before they arise

· Models for teaching children to self-calm and self-correct

· Methods for creating a culture of respect in your family

· Techniques for developmentally appropriate parenting responses

 

 

Become a Parenting Coach!

Introduction to Parent Coaching as a Career

offered:

May 2-3 Boulder, CO or

June 27-28 Martha's Vineyard, MA

 

 

Boulder: Sat. May 2 - Sun. May 3, 2015

Where: YWCA 2222 14th St. Boulder, CO

Time: 9:00 - 5:00 each day

Registration & Cost: $495 or $395 early bird registration by 3/1/15

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Martha's Vineyard: Sat. June 27-28

Where: Vineyard Haven, TBD

Time: 9:00 - 5:00 each day

Registration & Cost: $495 or $395 early bird registration by 3/1/15

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In this workshop you will learn:

Basics: What is a parenting coach? How do I become one?

Skills: Foundational parent coaching practices developed by Lorna Kellogg

Assessments: Understand your personal strengths and challenges as a coach

Requirements: What training do I need to become a coach

Strategies: How to grow a successful coaching practice

 


25+ Free or Inexpensive Ideas for

Making Happy Winter Break Memories

Winter break can be a magical, fun time for every member of your family, including parents.  It can also be a time when parents hear groans of “I’m bored!”  If you are lucky enough to have some time off from work enjoy some of the following activities with your children.

Pick an activity that you remember enjoying as a child and cash in on one of the best bonuses of being a parent, reliving your childhood!!!

Or, if you need a quiet moment and they’re old enough, let your children pick an activity that will entertain them for 30 minutes.  Tip, before handing over the activity, prep your activity so you don’t spend half your “quiet moment” preparing for it e.g. have the yoga DVD in the player ready to start or hot tea and book sitting by your bedside table ready to enjoy.

Give your kids their activity, any necessary directions and a timer set for 30 minutes.  Tell them you’re having Mummy and/or Daddy time and not to knock on your door unless it’s important (or the house is on fire depending on how desperately you need a quiet moment :).

1. Build a blanket fort

Turn your kids loose with a bunch of blankets and clothespins (or binder clips for older children). Encourage them to choose a theme (pirate ship, tree fort, castle, cops/robbers jailhouse etc.) or to just enjoy.

 

Stage a Play

Pick a fun fairy tale or even Shakespeare to act out (toned down appropriately for young children e.g. scenes/characters like the wizard Prospero in The Tempest or Puck). Make or collect some props from around the house, hang up a blanket for simple curtains & stage and let your dramatic side loose!

3. Give your kids an inexpensive digital recorder or flip video recorder

Let them record themselves signing, talking and playing.  They will make play for hours and love listening or watching back the videos.  Or have them make a video for a grandparent who lives far away, sing songs, read poems, talk about what they learned that week etc.

4. Learn some words or phrases from a foreign language

Let your kids pick a language (commonly spoken like Spanish, Ola! Or rarely heard like Croatian, Zdravo!) and learn some words and phrases.  You can watch (supervised) YouTube language videos for kids and broaden their world views right from your own home.  These will often stay with kids for life.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made native German speakers laugh out loud when I proclaim (about the procrastinating side of myself) “Morgen morgen nur nicht heute sagen alle faulen leute” (loosely: tomorrow, tomorrow, never today, that’s what all the lazy people say).

5. Help your child learn to think critically and creatively

Ask your children thought provoking questions and sit back and listen to their (often amazing) perspectives.  Ask them to elaborate on their thoughts and wait until they’re done talking before offering your own thoughts.  Here are a few of my favorites “How would life be different if buildings had no walls?” or “What would it be like if our food only came in pills?” or “How would the world be different if the wheel had never been invented?”

6. Make a bird’s nest

Collect twigs, grasses and other natural materials from outside and help your children weave/assemble into the shape of a nest.  Get fancy and buy a feather pillow from a thrift store and literally feather the nest before leaving it outside in a tree.  A bird might even make use of it!

7. Scavenger Hunt Outdoors

Make a list of items children can easily find outdoors (pine cones, sticks, rocks etc. After if you want you bring everything inside & make an art project (glue items onto cardboard or hang with fishing line to make a mobile).

8. Read out loud as a family

Pick a “crowd pleaser” book everyone will enjoy like Peter Pan or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and take turns reading out loud.  You can also record yourselves with a digital or video recorder for your children (and years from now their children) to enjoy over and over.

9. Pick a charity to support

Every December our family picks 3 non-profits to support, one that helps children, one that helps the environment and one that supports the arts.  My son saves 10% of his $5/week pocket money every week and decides how much he wants to give to each of the groups he chose.  I match his donation to double his gift.  Give each child $5-$25 and offer them a few non-profits to choose to donate to.  Or bake cookies together and hold a bake sale to raise money for the charity.

10. Listen to an inspiring book on tape (for older kids Susan Jeffers “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways” or read an inspiring book (we read Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni out loud as a family, 25 short chapters on all the ways civility is important in our lives, the children LOVED it and regularly say “That wasn’t very civil” when someone gets out of line.

11. Make an indoor “sensory” table

Get a big bin (shallow storage bin or concrete mixing bin from Home Depot, super sturdy, you’ll find 100 uses for!) and add a bag of $3 playground sand or a 10lb bag of pinto beans or rice.  Add in matchbox cars, measuring cups & spoons, plastic animals or people and let their imaginations fly.

12. Give your kids an atlas

Let them choose a page or place and research online (supervised) what that place and people there are like.  Slightly outdated, old atlases can be bought at thrift stores for a few dollars

13. Build a playhouse out of appliance boxes

Stop by an appliance store and ask for a few boxes, flatten them for easy transport home and reassemble with duct tape. Make a castle, pirate ship, doll house etc. (Inspired by McDavid!)

14. Dress-Up Play

Make a homemade costume for dress up play (tin foil & a box can become a robot; an old sheet can become a ghost or Roman God/dess).  Or give each child a small budget and stop by the local thrift store to buy old clothes and hats to stock a dress-up box for them to play with for years to come.

15. Peanut butter pine cone bird feeders

Collect the largest pine cones available, smear with PB and roll in birdseed.  Hang outside a window where you can see it and watch the squirrels and birds enjoy!

16. Set out the art box

For $5 at the Dollar store you can buy construction paper, paintbrushes, paint, crayons and glitter/stickers.  I have an “art box” which has grown into an art cupboard, I let my son have at it whenever he wants and he LOVES having the freedom to choose his own supplies and make his own projects.  Thrift stores are a great place to find cheap craft supplies, I’ve bought 6 pairs of scissors that cut cool shapes/designs for 25 cents each over the years.

17. Clean out your child’s closet with them (no joke)

Play fun music & call it a fashion show.  Entice them with the fun of donating and/or shopping for new, bigger clothes.  Let your child pick a non-profit thrift store to donate his/her outgrown clothes to.  My favorites in Boulder are Tru Hospice Thrift Store, Humane Society Thrift & Gift Shop and Ares Boulder.  Make a list of clothing items your child needs and let them help you shop online or at the thrift stores!

18. Take a tour of your neighborhood

Visit your local visitor’s center or Google “fun things to do for kids in ___” (name of neighborhood/town).  Let your children pick something that sounds interesting to them, e.g. Celestial Seasonings Tea offers free factory tours here in Boulder.

19. Write a song

Choose a topic your children love and help them write a song.  You can set it to the tune of a lullaby, my son’s construction truck song is set to the tune of “Hush Little Baby” (Diggers and dozers and dumpers and d oh my!)

20. Start a business

Many older children (and some as young as 6 or 7) love the idea of starting their own business. A newspaper route, monthly bake sale/cookie of the month club, lawn mowing, mother’s helper or pet-sitting business are all businesses children can run with minimal help from adults after the initial set-up.

21. Talk about something you learned this week

The art of conversation is a dying art.  We have lively discussions in our house and I was thrilled to learn the art of conversation is something the children study at my son’s school.  It can be difficult to get a conversation started but don’t give up, tell a funny story to get the ball rolling.

22. Help write a letter about something your kids care about to your local legislators.  Pick a current topic or something that matters to your children and teach them to be social activists.  It could be as simple as “Dear ________, my name is ________and I live in __________.  Could you please allocate more funds towards maintaining and building new playgrounds so we have fun places to play outside and grown big and strong?”

23. Go to your local library

Help your kids learn to ask the librarians for help finding books that are interesting to them. Use the library as a regular outing and hang-out place, your children will develop a life-long love of books and reading.

24. Bake bread

Let your kids pick a (easy) recipe online or from a cookbook and bake together as a family. Let your kids be the leaders as much as possible, it will instill an immense sense of self-confidence in general and also give your kids a skill I think everyone should have.  Plus it’s fun to get your hands kneading and playing in the dough!

25. Write down your funny family history

Write down funny stories from when your parents/grandparents and your kids were little.  Let the kids tell their own stories.  You can print it into a book and add photos online if you want (Shutterfly, Blurb and IPhoto are all good options).

26. Sculpt with clay or homemade play dough

You can also make or buy clay that can be “fired” in the oven to save projects permanently. I have dough holiday ornaments I made 45 years ago as a toddler!

27. Go to a museum

Let the kids choose which one and visit a local museum. Look at the map together when you arrive and let each family member choose an exhibit so you take turns learning about/visiting each person’s interest.  Let each child buy a postcard in the museum gift shop as a memento when you leave, my son has dozens he keeps in an old cigar box and regularly gets out and plays with or looks at with friends, they’re one of his most treasured possessions.

28. Get out the “Box of Tricks”

 

I keep a bin labelled “Box of Tricks” hidden in my closet.  I bring it out at moments when I’m tired and can’t think of fun things to do on the spot.  I keep it full of things from the thrift and dollar stores, wooden airplanes to assemble & fly, art projects, puzzles, coloring books etc.  It is a life-saver and I think every parent should have one.

 

Next Class:

Baby Makes 3; Having a Happy Relationship after Kids

 

Take this class in person or by Skype!

Baby Makes Three, Having a Happy, Fulfilling Marriage after the Joyful (but ever-so-slightly stressful!) Arrival of Your Children

Most of us are surprised, if not shocked, by how having children impacts our marriages and relationships. We love our children but the unexpected little stresses that having children adds to our lives can wreak havoc with our relationships. Proactively addressing these issues can shift our relationships from hanging by a thread to bursting with joy.

In this class you will:

· Learn what decades of research shows leads to happy marriages and how to have one!

· Learn how to balance the needs of your children with your needs individually and as a couple

· Learn how to prevent your marriage from feeling transactional or like one of you is the “manager”

· Learn the 3 categories of problems in relationships and how to address them easily and end the cycle of arguing

· Decide what you want your relationship to look like in one year, in five years, in ten years and in twenty years. Define your goals!

· Design a realistic strategy for achieving that vision of a happy, healthy family life

· Learn how to have expectations that support the well-being of your relationship

· Learn that what you are experiencing is common, people just don’t talk about it which makes us feel isolated and like there’s something wrong with us as parents or as a couple, there’s not!

· Understand the impact your family of origin has on your relationship

· Understand how the differences between the male and female brain can cause strife and learn to prevent it

· Explore traditional male/female roles and decide how they may be at play subconsciously in your family life

· How to have a happy sex life when it’s the last (or foremost!) thing on your mind!

· The role self-care plays in happy relationships

· Experiment with Simplicity Parenting and the relaxed home environments it produces

· The story of the couple who called the United Nations Peacekeeper in and the crucial lesson he taught them!

Where: Boulder, CO (location to follow registration)

When: TBD 4 Tuesday Evenings 7-9pm

Cost: $199 per couple

Registration:

Class fee can be paid by going to www.PayPal.com and using this email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Or by mailing a check to:

Kellogg Coaching Institute

PO Box 982

Boulder, CO 80306

Lorna Kellogg has been a life coach, parenting coach and child development expert for over twenty years, she has worked with over 3,000 parents and over 6,000 children. She counsels couples before and after the arrival of their children and also offers a highly successful pre-marital counseling class (virtually none of her pre-marital counseling clients have ever divorced!). For more information call 303-494-1107 or visit www.KelloggCoaching.com

Other classes coming up:

Intro to Parenting Coaching as a Career: February 4th-5th 2012 Boulder, CO

Intro to Parenting Coaching as a Career: June 25-26 2012 Martha's Vineyard, MA

TBD Loving, Effective Discipline for Toddlers and Preschoolers

TBD Loving Sleep Solutions for Children from Birth to Six

 

About the Kellogg Coaching Institute:

Lorna Kellogg has been a successful life, business and parenting coach for over twenty years.  Her client success rate is an astonishing 96%.  After 18 years of development, the Kellogg Coaching Institute was founded in 2009 when Lorna began formally training new coaches using her unique coaching methodology.

The institute offers individual life, business and parenting coaching and consulting programs with founder Lorna Kellogg and other nationally known coaches working in the fields of business, executive, life, career, education and parenting coaching.  Group coaching and consulting is also available.

In addition to working with individuals and groups, coaching training programs are currently offered in the rapidly growing field of parenting coaching. These highly unique and powerful training programs were developed and refined by Lorna Kellogg over twenty years of coaching parents, teachers and child development experts. For more information about parenting coaching course click HERE. We also have a growing speaker’s bureau and consulting program, for more information on hiring a speaker click HERE.

 

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