Connected Parents, Thriving Kids Programs

parentingimageAn 8-week course in Imago parenting training

This course will teach you how to be a more effective and responsive parent, in-tune with what your child needs from you. A series of eight classes for parents is delivered by trained Imago Therapists and Educators. Based on the best-seller, “Giving the Love that Heals” by Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD., the course incorporates Imago Relationship Theory with insights from the latest research into neuroscience and child development.

Do you understand your child?

Most parents long for their children to have as full and rewarding a life as possible. It’s great to see children enjoy themselves. It’s deeply rewarding to see them discover a path to a fulfilling life.

But when children behave in ways that seem to put their happiness at risk, how can you know what is really going on? It’s hard to respond effectively and lovingly if you don’t know what lies behind their behavior, especially if what they are doing right now is challenging you.

How can you avoid meltdowns or withdrawal?

Children can have some dramatic ways of expressing their frustrations, from making a lot of noise, to making none at all. Neither way is easy to deal with, especially when it seems directed at you.

There are some good approaches for parents, like boundary setting or perhaps giving them a little freedom. But how do you know which to use? The secret is to learn to accurately read what is going on for them. We teach you how to bridge the communication gap so you can provide the guidance they need.

What does your child need from you right now?

From the moment they were born, your child’s mind has been forming in a way which will strongly influence their whole life. What they experience in their relationships now is critical. We can help you make the best choices by understanding the stages of their emotional development and recognizing how to respond with the love that will enable them to reach their full potential.

Imago provides a practical way to understand what your child is trying to say to you through their behavior. We teach you how to listen to their underlying messages, which will leave your child feeling good about being heard.

As you become more tuned-in to your child’s underlying experience, you will be able to respond to your child in a way which they can easily understand and respect.

Part of the art of listening to our children is to be aware that much of our own emotional reaction is rooted in our own childhood and life experiences. This awareness will enable you to be even better at tuning-in to your child. Experiences that might have been frustrating before, can now become opportunities for connection.

Our parenting program adapts the same Imago dialogue process, which lies at the heart of our world-leading programs for couples, and applies it to the practical situations that occur with children. By reducing flare-ups and emotional outbursts, relationships become more fun, and you will have more opportunity to simply enjoy being with your child.