FOR PARENTS OF ALL AGES
Our Junior School has organised a series of presentations focussed on the challenges of raising confident children in today's world. Each session will be facilitated by registered professional counsellor, Colleen Drobot.
The goal is to provide an opportunity for dialogue about some of parents' more pressing concerns, so you can learn effective strategies for supporting your children as they grow.
Note: All sessions will be held in the Senior School Lounge
Session 3 - Sibling Rivalry
Wednesday, April 4th - 8:30 to 10:00am (Fee: $20.00)
Conflict between siblings can be a natural occurrence, but one that often drives parents crazy. Competition between siblings close in age can be exasperating. Witnessing one child verbally or physically attack their sibling can be very challenging and often leaves parents at a loss as to what to do.
Using the approach of developmental psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Colleen will help makes sense of the roots of aggression and impulsivity in our children and why sibling conflict is so prevalent. She will offer suggestions about handling incidences as well as cultivating caring behaviour between siblings. She will provide examples, stories, and opportunities for questions and answers to help bring her suggestions into everyday life.
Session 4 - Protecting our Children: How to support our children with challenging peer interactions, from bullying to wounding from friends
Wednesday, April 18th - 8:30 to 10:00am (Fee: $20.00)
As parents we want to protect our children from the wounding, harm and even trauma that happens when our children are mistreated by peers. Parents often wonder: is there a way we can prevent our children from being bullied? Are there skills that can be taught so that our child can learn how to deal effectively with others who wounded them (knowingly or unknowingly)? And if one of our children has been mistreated, what can we say and do to lessen the hurt and foster resilience?
In this presentation, Colleen will address these questions and will discuss three key factors that are imperative for parents to understand if they hope to protect their children. Through theory, stories, and examples she will address how parents can best equip their children against hurt feelings or even bullying and cultivate resilience in the face of it.
Session 5 - Softening the Defenses: Helping children face vulnerability and gain resilience
Wednesday, May 2nd - 8:30 to 10:00am (Fee: $20.00)
Throughout this series, Colleen Drobot has spoken about the need for a child’s heart to remain soft, for emotions to be felt and expressed, for tears of futility to be shed for a child to develop and mature. For anyone raising a child who is very sensitive or is stuck, softening the defenses the brain has erected for protection, can be a daunting task that sometimes seems almost impossible.
This session will focus on ways we can soften a child’s heart so that the tears can be restored, lowering frustration and anxiety and cultivating resilience. As a family therapist and mother of sensitive children, Colleen will share Dr. Neufeld’s wisdom and her personal experiences of how to restore the ability for a child to feel, attend, grieve and attach.
ABOUT MS. Drobot
B.Ed., Dip. Of Special Education, RPC, MPCC
Faculty, Neufeld Institute
Colleen Drobot is a registered professional counsellor and parent consultant with a private practice in West Vancouver. She works with adults for their own personal counselling or for parenting consultation. She is also an educator has over 20 years’ experience working with children in the regular classroom or in special needs settings. She also works with several school districts to help educators make sense of their students’ behaviour. She is a faculty member of the Neufeld Institute and has worked with Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s approach for many years. Colleen is a mother of two and draws from her personal as well as professional experience to support parents and professionals in gaining insight, opening their hearts and leading by their intuition.