Attend a Simplicity Parenting Gathering
Join me for any Simplicity Parenting topic I am offering at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC OR a Virtual Gathering. Gatherings will cover family life from preschool to High School.
CLICK HERE to Register for an in-person or virtual gathering in 2018.
Gatherings in 2018 | Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm
Emerson Waldorf School, Chapel Hill, NC
Why Simplify – January 22 or 29
Dream of a Calmer Home (Governor Phase) – February 26
Design Rhythms & Rituals (Gardener Phase) – March 26
Destiny of the Digital Age (Guide Phase) – April 23
Registration & Payment for in-person gatherings:
$10 per adult/gathering – For all enrolled Emerson Waldorf families who pre-register using THIS form.
$25 per adult/gathering – For all community members who pre-register using THIS form.
Send pre-registration payment via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t attend our Gatherings in Chapel Hill? Register for the online version!
Mondays 7-9pm EST via conference call and power point via computer screen share (power point sent via email too)
Why Simplify? – February 12
Dream of a Calmer Home (Governor Phase) – March 12
Design Rhythms & Rituals (Gardener Phase) – April 9
Destiny of the Digital Age (Guide Phase) – May 14
Registration & Payment for virtual gatherings:
$25 per adult/gathering – For all participants please complete THIS form and payment must be received at least 24 hours prior to the gathering to ensure I can send you materials and conference call information.
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Gathering Details & How to Prepare for Class…
Gathering One: WHY SIMPLIFY? Discover the Big Picture
In this gathering, parents will discover the big picture of the 4 orienting points of simplicity in order to begin to address any dissatisfaction that is currently present. Identify what is going well! There is no such thing as a misbehaving child, only a disoriented one. When does your child become disoriented? All children are quirky and when life is too much, the quirk can spiral into disorder. How does simplifying, knowing your core values, and knowing a developmental approach to parenting create a calmer, more cooperative family life? It’s all here in Gathering One!
Optional Reading: Chapter 1 Simplicity Parenting & Intro & Part 1 Soul of Discipline
Gathering Two: YOUR SPACE – Dream of a Calmer Home Environment
In this gathering, parents will imagine a less cluttered space both physically and emotionally. We will focus on the first stage of child development in the early years. We will learn how to declutter the physical space of our home as well as better ways to direct our children without yelling or the need to repeat ourselves. We will embrace what it means to be “Governors”. Healthy boundaries establish a bedrock upon which we nurture our parent-child relationship. Imagine providing more clarity and loving authority as well as how to respond to your child when they experience an emotional “fever” when life’s too much. Why can’t young children handle open-ended choices? How can parents effectively teach children to listen? Helping your child develop impulse control is a major part of this important ground level foundation. Less stuff brings about more calm. Less communication clutter brings more peace.
Optional Reading: Chapter 2 & 3 Simplicity Parenting & Part 2 Soul of Discipline
Gathering Three: YOUR CULTURE – Design Family Rhythms & Rituals
In this gathering, parents will understand the shift in the parenting terrain as their young child reaches middle childhood and parents emerge as “Gardeners” to their tweens. Learn the skills of consultation through listening and saying only what is true, kind, and necessary. This new developmental phase opens the door for your child to understand empathy towards others. Your child will navigate the social realm of school life, sports, and outside activities and they will need parents who listen. Family life is full of routines and schedules. Parents will design calming rhythms which create connection and a sense of belonging. Your child’s emotional intelligence is cultivated during this phase of development.
Optional Reading: Chapter 4 & 5 Simplicity Parenting & Part 3 Soul of Discipline
Gathering Four: YOUR WORLD The Destiny of Finding Family Connection in a Digital Age
In this gathering, parents will be exploring the final developmental stage in adolescence and young adulthood, a time when their youth will be making open-ended choices. They are now capable of making good judgments. Parents become collaborators as a true”Guide” for their teen. Learn more about filtering conversations, information, and screens when necessary, depending on your child’s age and temperament. Together we will discuss how to help our children achieve their goals and purpose without being distracted by the “noise” of our busy, modern world. It’s important to know when technology can assist us and when it is damaging. We will also explore the beauty of the times we live in and how we can manage our own fears and anxiety that the information age has heightened.
Optional Reading: Chapter 6 & 7 Simplicity Parenting & Part 4 & 5 Soul of Discipline
This is the right workshop series if you are…
Overwhelmed by too much stuff
Struggling with a loss of rhythm and calm
Yelling and feeling out-of-control in your parenting
Experiencing parenthood as a burden and not enjoying the company of your own kids
Imagine making time for fun, connection, relaxing.
Imagine your home uncluttered, peaceful.
Imagine your family’s days acquiring a sense of order, rhythm and flow.
Imagine yourself, centered and confident as a parent.
Imagine your children happier, less demanding, more cooperative.
Join the slow parenting movement and learn ways to simplify and slow down your home environment, create predictable and connecting rhythms, simplify your child’s weekly schedule, and find out the benefits to filtering out the adult world…
CHELSEA, mom to newborn and 2.5 year old, says…
I recently finished a course with Raelee and I am so thankful for all the support, encouragement, and words of wisdom I received from her. I loved how this course made me more intentional about parenting, which will hopefully be a pattern that will last throughout my lifetime. I really feel so much more “on track” as a mother now and like I now have new words and terms to describe so much of what I have been feeling and questioning, which I couldn’t really describe or explain before. I will be coming back to this blog and the Simplicity Parenting website often! Thanks a million!
CHRISTINE, mom to 7 & 13 year olds, says…
Hello Raelee – I just completed the Simplicity Parenting training; I wanted to let you know that although I read Kims’ book and explored the website and blog, it was actually my encounter with your work that is leading me deeper into my exploration of parent education and support! I have been an early childhood educator for 20 years, both in and out of Waldorf education. I am a parent of two lovely girls ages 7 and 13. I so appreciate the clarity and freshness that your voice and authenticity bring to the noble task of parenting and I look forward to connecting with you as my work within this movement unfolds. With gratitude for your endeavors.
A., mom to baby and 3 year old, says…
Hi Raelee -I have been getting up earlier and also taking a quick bath at night. I am also finding that I seem to use the time to stretch or do yoga moves. This is feeling really good to me…I am continuing to do the Compassionate Response meditation every morning and evening. Today I had a couple of trying moments when I just closed my eyes in front of a fussy 3 yo and did the meditation for a minute right in front of her. It seemed to help me respond more calmly and I was able to think more clearly to change the situation effectively. This is hard work, but on the good days I am definitely seeing big changes, especially in my 3 yo’s relationship with her sister. Thanks for being here for me, Raelee.