As a parent, you want to give your children joyful experiences. You want to make memories that they will cherish well into adulthood, gifting them moments of calm togetherness alongside exuberant celebration.
We know that spending quality time with friends and family is a strong indicator of wellbeing and happiness. But in real life, eagerly anticipated celebrations, festivals, and birthday parties can often end up in overwhelm, exhaustion, and bickering. You want your celebrations to have meaning, to reflect your family values, but find that meaning can often end up lost amongst the piles of gifts and the weight of expectation to create a “perfect day”.
The overwhelm – and over-spending – and following crash that can come with family celebrations can feel inevitable. But it doesn’t have to be. Year after year – anticipated, enjoyed, and remembered – celebrating moments big and small together as a family can bring you closer together.
That is why I am running this course, designed to help you create meaningful and beloved family celebrations that will bring you joy for years to come, whilst staying calm and connected to your children in the process.
What does the course cover?
The first week of the course will focus on crafting meaningful celebrations and building family traditions that will be cherished for years to come. We will look at birthdays and celebrations such as Christmas, Chanukah, Easter, Ramadan and more, as well as more generally looking at ways to celebrate the seasons with young children. You will explore how these celebrations can truly reflect your family needs and values and become a beloved part of your family’s rhythm, and take away a multitude of practical ideas from different philosophies including Montessori, Waldorf, and more. We will explore how to turn preparation for celebrations big and small from a chore into a source of joy for the whole family, and look at how to wind these down slowly so that no-one feels the “comedown” when it’s over.
The second week of the course will focus on peaceful parenting in the context of celebrations. You will learn practical ways to reduce overwhelm – for you and for your children – and ways to keep calm even when things feel anything but. You will also have a chance to dig deeper into your parenting triggers, how to identify these, and what to do when they arise. We will also look at how to deal with conflict when it comes to spending time with family who may share different parenting values to you, and how to clearly communicate your parenting preferences to friends and family.
Although these issues are discussed in the context of celebrations, the insights and practical tips you will gain are applicable to everyday life with young children, helping you parent peacefully, with more ease and joy.
There will also be a bonus video and workbook looking at gifts, toys, and play. We will explore how to choose quality toys which will support your child’s imagination and development, how to create calm play-spaces, tips for implementing toy rotation, and how to communicate your toy and gift preferences to well meaning family and friends ahead of celebrations. This week will also include an ultimate gift guide, broken down into categories, for you to share with friends and families.
Is the course for me?
Yes, if you have young children and want to give your family the gift of calm and meaningful family celebrations and a peaceful childhood. You want to avoid the overwhelm that can come from new toys, people, and a shift in rhythm, and create cherished memories and traditions for your family that will last a lifetime.
You do not need to live in the UK to take part – parents from all over the world enroll in my courses, and I love that they are always international.
How will the course be run?
The course will run from 8th November 2018 for two weeks (plus a bonus week), though you will have lifetime access to the materials and videos, and so will benefit from the updates I make each time I run the course.
Each week I will post an in-depth video in the course Facebook group. You can either tune in live or watch at a convenient time for you (especially if you’re in a different time zone!) There will also be a Q&A video where I will answer any questions which come up for you.
A workbook accompanies each week, filled with information, exercises to get you reflecting, practical suggestions to implement, and ideas for crafts and recipes. Each workbook includes a carefully curated reading list for those of you who want to dig even deeper. You will be able to work through these at your own pace.
The private Facebook group provides a supportive space for ongoing community discussion with like-minded parents.
How do I book?
This course is now sold out.
It will run again in 2019; to join the waiting list please get in touch.