We’re having a Parenting Jamboree! And we want you to join us for 6 weeks of contemplation, discussion, and play with the concept of approaching parenting from a team-based perspective. We call it Parenting on the Same Team and it focuses on 6 main aspects of the idea of parenting our children by virtue of “working with” them rather than “doing to” them. The results of such an approach are, generally-speaking, a stronger, richer relationship between the parents and children, greater joy in and fulfillment from the process of parenting, itself, and greater ease in day-to-day operations between the parents and children.
Here’s how my partner (in business and life), Natalie, is describing it:
… our course is an e-course that you can complete at your own pace. It runs six weeks and will cover six main topics of empathy-based parenting. Nathan and I will be available for unlimited email support during the class, and will run real-life scenarios [both from your inquiries, and from our own parenting experiences]. This class is great for getting a start on parenting your young children or as a complete overhaul if your own current parenting strategy seems to be lacking.
We will cover the basic day to day realities of what [Parenting on the Same Team] looks like as well as the conceptual and philosophical perspectives that, whether or not we like it, always accompany us for all of our parenting moments.
Topics include but are not limited to:
- Our Underlying Stories and how they help or hinder us.
- Battlefield Moments and Tactics
- Grief and Guilt
(We’ll also include a few personal challenges each week. “Homework”, if you so choose.)
We hope to not only share our personal parenting style, from top to bottom, but to also invigorate, inspire hope, offer support, and develop a community of like-minded parents we all will enjoy.
Participants can involve themselves intensely — joining in each discussion, asking for advice on specific issues, and posing questions; or as lightly as they like — simply reading along anonymously.
That last point Natalie makes is an important one, I think. We know what it’s like to be interested in something like a parenting e-course, and also have a parenting life and a personal life and work life and social life going at the same time. So we have designed the course in such a way that each participant can tailor their own experience of the course as it is occurring. So for example, if week 1 and 2 are slightly less interesting to you, or you are just getting back from vacation and are slow to get going, etc., maybe you just read along with what we send you and make no additional demands of your involvement. But then in week 3, let’s say, you find yourself having enough time to increase your involvement, or you have a burning question about the week’s topic, or you want our advice on how you can apply the current (or previous) concept(s) to a specific situation of your own — then there is ample room in the course design for you to get more out of it. Additionally, you will get the benefit of seeing our responses to others’ queries, and any resulting discussion as well. Then at then end of the course, we offer an exclusive pdf of your group’s version of the entire course (complete with the weekly posts and all ensuing comments, etc.), so that you may have it to refer back to when you need it. Thus making the course completely adaptable for anyone!
One further word about the format. We will be using a private, password protected blog for the course. Discussion will take place in the comment section. After you sign up via paypal we will contact everyone with an address and password.
Here’s what one previous participant in the course wrote to Natalie:
My husband and I are learning a ton from you and Nathan with this course. It was not our natural way nor was it what we were used to seeing from friends and family, but it is so working, even at times when I thought it wouldn’t.
Our son was really having a hard time transitioning with a new little one in the house, and it was really hard for us in an especially tiring time. But little by little, I see improvements in his behavior, which I know isn’t always what you get, but it was so needed to make our family work together. Thank you.
Thanks, again, for the course. Super glad I signed up.
P.S. I love when others post a comment with a situation and you reply to that specific situation. Even if it’s not a situation I have experienced with my own kids (my kids seem to be younger than others in the group), I learn A LOT through the exchange, even for my own situations. The philosophy in practice really helps, especially when you almost take on the persona of the person’s child to show what that kid might be feeling and relate that to us. Super helpful.
Sound like something you’d enjoy? Who wouldn’t, right? A little extra focus on making things run smoothly in your home; an opportunity to get real advice from “parents in the field” addressing your individual situation(s); rich discussion and sharing with other parents dealing with similar things; and an environment of challenging and supporting you as you develop and grow as a more confident parent… sounds pretty wonderful, eh? So come join us! We can’t wait to help you make your life a little easier.
The course begins May 28th (that’s only 2 weeks away!!!). The cost is just $50.00 USD for the whole 6 weeks — we know that’s crazy, but we don’t anything to keep you from joining in on this important opportunity for your family. So, to push the magical “count me it!” button, click this link to Natalie’s blog.
We look forward to “seeing” you there!