The Connective Parenting Conference

The Connective Parenting Conference 2018

Join us on the day and leave with a better understanding of your child’s tricky behaviour.

You'll learn the simple strategies you can use to help them feel calmer, happier and free from anxiety.

Sarah Fisher NVR Practitioner
  • Do you may feel like your child is in control at home, and you don't know how to change it?

 

  • Maybe you feel like your issues aren't serious enough to ask for help? Or you don't know where to go for help.

 

  • Do school transitions or even just day to day life have a huge impact on your child's anxiety levels?

 

  • Do you want to support your child with their development and create a strong bond with them?

This conference has been designed with you in mind.

You've probably tried everything you can think of to change things at home from shouting to time out to rewards and consequences to anything else and all the advice you've been given, but nothing seems to have worked.

Maybe you've even started to believe this is how life is going to be for you and your child, and you'd better just get on with it.

Maybe you don't know where to go to get help or worry that you should be taking up the space as other people need it more than you.

This conference will show you that life can be better and you can help your child - however small the worry may be.  We are going to share simple ideas you can use that will make a difference.

You can leave feelings like: tired, scared, anxious for the future, overwhelmed, stressed, embarrassed, exhausted and ‘I’m a bad parent’ behind.

Let us help you work towards a calmer, happier home, less stress, less exhaustion, an end to feeling like a bad parent and enable you to go out without fear.  It is possible.

Details of all the workshops are at the bottom of the page, along with how to book your tickets.

Saturday 16th June 2018

9.15 - 4.30

The Arora Hotel, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6LW

www.gatwick.arorahotels.com

 

 

Tickets are £80 per person for the full day.

A Half Day Ticket is available at £40 and gives access to 2 workshops, either in the morning or afternoon session.  Lunch is included in the half day ticket.

Refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch are all included in the ticket price.

arora hotel

Here's what other parents who have attended Sarah's workshops have had to say:

A really fantastic and eye-opening workshop.  Absolutely feel I can put this into practice and feel more positive about dealing with my son's behaviour.

Fantastic trainer.  Made what can be a hard subject to talk about, much easier.

What I appreciated about Sarah is that she has direct experience with difficult children, she doesn't just spout theory. And therefore, as a parent you able to relate to her, and you trust that she knows what she is talking about. Most importantly, she understands what you are going through and can relate to you.

Absolutely wonderful Sarah, you are the BEST!

Conference Workshops

Choose the 4 workshops that will help your family the most.

During the day you will have the opportunity to attend 4 different workshops.  All of the workshops are designed to support you on your parenting journey and cover different topics and areas of interest.  Some of the workshops are designed for parents with children of certain ages, others are designed for parents with children of any age.  Details of the workshops and the workshop leaders are below.  When booking your ticket you will also book your preferred workshops, on a first come first served basis.  Each workshop is running twice throughout the day to make the programme as flexible as possible.


Workshop 1 - Managing Meltdowns with Sarah Fisher

You'll learn how to stay calm and cope when your child is having a meltdown.  We will look at ideas and strategies you can use to reduce the length and intensity of meltdowns, whatever their cause and how you can do it, whilst also developing a good connection with your child.

The workshop is suitable for parents with children of any age or need.

Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher is an NVR Practitioner and Parent Coach.  Through the use of Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Sarah supported her son with his own difficulties, after they became an adoptive family.  Sarah works with parents all over the UK who are struggling, often experiencing challenging behaviours, and wanting to create a safe, happier environment at home.

 


Workshop 2 - Managing Stress with Nicky Edwards

The workshop will look at what is stress and where it comes from.  The filing cabinet analogy of brain management. How stress affects our body and emotions. Simple strategies to reduce our stress levels at home and activities to be used with our children (aged 4+) to support emotional intelligence and resilience.  The session will end with a relaxation session.

Nicky is a therapist, author and teacher who offers a range of therapeutic techniques to help children and young people to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears. Having worked in care, education and the NHS she focusses on offering parent’s alternative options to support and reprogram the triggers to their children’s emotions. She is also the author of the Adventures of Brian – a book collection for 2-5s/5-9s to help children resolve their thoughts and worries through the adventures of her real-life therapy dog Brian. Her books offer parents a tool kit to support childhood worries.


Workshop 3 - Story Massage with Nicolle Mitchelle

 

Story Hands Massage will give parents, carers, teachers & community workers skills to help them connect with children & young people using nurturing touch & storytelling.

I will share through hands on learning how you can encourage groups of children & young people increase empathy as well as reducing bullying & aggression through positive touch.

Story Massage can reduce anxiety, promote trust and build positive relationships, while underpinning lovely manners & create healthy body boundaries.

Any age can access this skill, although approaches differ as children develop into young people.

This is a sensory workshop where hands on is encouraged but not necessary. The beauty of Story Massage is that it is so inclusive & participation can be enjoyed on a number of levels to suit individuals.

I will also share some great resources to complement your newfound skills.

Nicolle Mitchell

Nicolle Mitchell is an award winning Massage Practitioner, Trainer & Story Massage Instructor. She is also a therapeutic parent, who has an understanding of raising a child who has survived trauma. Nicolle writes Massage Stories to help build resilience, resolve & connect gently through child friendly Story Cards.


Workshop 4 - Communication with Karen Sieben

 

Do you ever have days when talking with your children is so easy and others when you feel like you are both speaking another language?  Find out how to have more days when you both feel connected and listened to.  Whether you are parenting a toddler or a teenager, good communication is the key to building self-esteem as well as mutual respect.

In the workshop, parents will have the opportunity to discover that we create other people by how we listen to them.  A series of exercises will uncover how we listen to others and how we can deepen our listening to enhance connection and avoid misunderstandings.

Karen Sieben

Karen has been a primary school teacher for the last 24 years but now works as a life coach.  As part of her work she has supported families with their relationships and teenagers with their self-confidence and friendships. Karen has two teenage girls and has experienced being a single mum for a number of years.  Her style of parenting has changed, especially over the last two years, and she is passionate about helping families develop greater connection, peace and harmony.

Workshop 5 - Create. Play. Learn.
Nurturing natural and Imaginative play with FairKind Child

This workshop is particularly aimed at parents/guardians of 1-5 year olds, but is relevant for all infant, early & primary years.

In this practical and playful session, parents will explore a range of children’s products that promote imaginative play and facilitate learning.

The workshop will concentrate on play from the perspective of child-centred and nature-inspired approaches to early years education, including Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf Steiner and Forest Schooling. It will highlight the mutual practises that these approaches share and demonstrate how parents can adopt some of their methods at home with simple changes to how they approach their child's play.

Trish Fitzroy is a local mum to an adventurous toddler, a practising artist & art educator, a former tutor for children with special educational needs and now the owner of FairKind Child, a new handmade toy & gift shop and parent support hub in Horsham.

Trish is passionate about play and allowing children to learn through self-directed enquiry. From her environmentally & ethically minded childhood shop, she supports parents in finding natural, tactile and open-ended toys & creative materials, which expand rather than restrict their children’s imagination and aid in their learning, development ad creativity.

Workshop 6 - Supporting Children's Eating Habits with Nicky Edwards

The workshop will focus on:

  • The components of a healthy diet
  • Carbs, proteins, fats and sugars –how much is too much (based on NHS guidelines)
  • Supporting children to develop healthy eating habits
  • Developing independent eaters
  • How to manage fussy eaters
  • How to manage food refusers
  • Disordered eating – what are the signs?
  • When to get outside help – what is available?

 

Nicky is a therapist, author and teacher who offers a range of therapeutic techniques to help children and young people to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears. Having worked in care, education and the NHS she focusses on offering parent’s alternative options to support and reprogram the triggers to their children’s emotions. She is also the author of the Adventures of Brian – a book collection for 2-5s/5-9s to help children resolve their thoughts and worries through the adventures of her real-life therapy dog Brian. Her books offer parents a tool kit to support childhood worries.

Workshop 7 - Sleep issues with Rachael Taylor

Find out what is holding you and your child back from getting a good night’s sleep in this Sleep Success Workshop. Aimed at parents of children aged 6 months – 6 years, this workshop will take you through some of the main causes of night wakings, bedtime battles and nap challenges and show you how to start solving them today.

Rachael Taylor Sleep Nanny

 

Rachael Taylor is a mother of two and a Certified Sleep Consultant based in Derby, UK. Working with families all over the world, Rachael coaches’ parents online, to solve their child’s sleep issues and enjoy a restful nights sleep.

Trained by the UK’s leading sleep expert, Lucy Shrimpton – The Sleep Nanny, Rachael has worked with families to end bedtime battles, prevent night wakings, stop feeding through the night, reintroduce naps, halt early rising and much more.

Rachael has a special interest in working with twins, multiples and siblings aged from 6 months to 6 years.

Workshop 8 - Connecting with your child through sensory play with the Springboard Project

For children aged up to 6 and those with disabilities/sensory needs of any age

Why ?  - Benefits of sensory play

How?  -  Ideas for enjoying sensory play,

What? – Make your own!

When? – Everyday opportunities

Springboard Project

Su Parrish has worked at Springboard for 8 years.  She’s passionate about all children having access to the richest variety of experiences, having the best experience of being a child and enabling  parents to enjoy their parenting.  Su’s a parent of 3 grown up children and a step parent to 3 more grown up children!

Anna Barnes is Play and Learn Coordinator at Springboard renowned for her creative, messy ideas promoting development through fun! She has a first class degree in Psychology and brings this expertise to her role supporting parents and young children. Anna’s a parent of 2 school age children.

 

FAQs

  1. Is the conference open to anyone?
    1. Yes, it is.  It's aimed at parents but anyone is welcome to attend.
  2. Will it help my family?
    1. The short answer is yes.  It's not a magic wand though, you'll have to take ideas and strategies on board and implement them to start seeing changes.  Obviously every case is different and depending on your situation your family may need further support.
  3. Is it worth the money and time?
    1. All of the workshop leaders are experts in their field, and work with parents all the time.  If you're open minded, willing to learn and potentially tweak how you're parenting you'll definitely learn a huge amount on the day.
  4. Will I have to do anything whilst I'm there like role play?
    1. Not unless you want to!  Some of the speakers may use this as a learning technique but you don't need to get involved if you don't want to.
  5. How easy is the hotel to access?
    1. The hotel has parking available on site and is directly above Crawley station with access for the platform straight into the hotel.  Trains run directly from London to Crawley.  It also has disabled access and the conference is held on the ground floor.  The hotel is also convenient for Gatwick Airport.
  6. What should I bring with me?
    1. Yourself and a willingness to learn.  A pen and notebook would probably be good as well, other than that you don't need to bring anything as non-alcoholic refreshments are included.
  7. Will there be an opportunity to meet other parents?
    1. Yes, during the workshops and in the breaks.  We would encourage you to meet other parents with similar problems, to build your support network.

Book your ticket now using the booking form below!

 

Tickets are £80 per person 

A Half Day Ticket is available at £40 and gives access to 2 workshops, either in the morning or afternoon session.  Lunch is included in the half day ticket.

Refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch are all included in the ticket price.

When booking your ticket you will be asked to choose the workshops you wish to attend.  Below is a list of which workshops are happening in which sessions.  Please choose one workshop per session.

Session 1 Workshops

  • Managing Meltdowns
  • Managing Stress
  • Story Massage
  • Sensory Development

Session 2 Workshops

  • Sleep Issues
  • Communication
  • Supporting Children's Eating Habits
  • Learning through Imaginative Play

Session 3 Workshops

  • Managing Meltdowns
  • Story Massage
  • Supporting Children's Eating Habits
  • Sensory Development

Session 4 Workshops

  • Managing Stress
  • Sleep Issues
  • Communication
  • Learning through Imaginative Play

If you need any help to book your tickets please contact enquiries@sarahpfisher.com or call 07817 544707