Are you ready to laugh and learn together with other
parents and teachers? Kathy's presentations are filled with ideas that can save your sanity and pave a path to a
joyful family life.
These presentations are typically scheduled for 1 - 2 hours. Half day or full day presentations can be
customized to meet your needs. A brochure about
the parenting presentations
is available to print. You can also view more information
about what you'll learn in each presentation
Kathy is a certified Washington STARS trainer
so these presentations qualify for STARS continuing education credit.
Presentations for Parents and Teachers
Anger and Consequences Versus Empathy and Solutions
(Ages 3 - 18)
It’s natural to feel angry when children misbehave. However when we respond with harsh words and consequences, the children’s focus often turns to our response instead of their poor choices. We’ll look at why blame and shame don’t work well and how empathy can lead to solutions to children’s problems.
Bringing Out Their Best: Providing Guidance While Avoiding Pitfalls
(Ages 3 - 18)
Your parenting approach can help bring out the best in your children. We'll look
at different parenting styles along with benefits and drawbacks. We'll discuss matching
our parenting to our children's growing needs.
Bullying and Kids: Strategies for Dealing with Bullying
(Ages 6 - 15)
Growing Your Preschooler’s Brain
Bullying affects all children whether they are victims, bullies or onlookers. What is considered bullying? What can you do to help your children if they are being bullied? What if they are the bully? Discover answers to these questions and more!
(Resources for Bullying and Kids
(Ages 1 - 5)
Your child's brain goes through major developmental changes in the first few years
and you play a vital role in shaping that development! Find out how you can help
your child develop the social skills, language skills and behavior traits that will
lead to success in grade school.
Guiding Teens On the Bumpy Road to Independence
(Ages 13 - 18)
How do you balance trying to keep teens safe while also allowing them increasing
freedom? How do you deal with teen attitude? We’ll discuss helping our teens to
grow into adults who can thrive on their own.
Handling Difficult Conversations Well
(Ages 6 - 18)
Helping Your Kids Succeed in School
How do you prepare for discussions where emotions are high, opinions differ and the stakes are important?
Handling these situations well is challenging.
Knowing how to approach the conversation in a constructive way will improve the results.
We’ll explore ideas for clearly communicating, finding mutually acceptable decisions and responding if it starts getting off track.
(Resources for Difficult Conversations
(Ages 5 - 18)
You want your kids to be successful in school but it's easy to do things that unintentionally do more harm than good.
We'll explore how you can support your children's success while allowing them to have ownership.
Parenting Around Technology: The Wild, Wild Web
(Ages 5 - 18)
"Stop Fighting!": Handling Conflicts Between Children
Digital devices give our kids access to an amazing wealth of possibilities. It also
allows them to get into serious trouble with the click of button. We'll discuss guiding your kids
around their use of the internet, phones, social media and video games. (Resources for Parenting Digital Kids
(Ages 1 - 10)
When kids play together, there are bound to be conflicts. We'll discuss overcoming
factors that contribute to poor behavior, setting limits, enforcing rules and guiding
children to resolving their disputes.
Taking the Stress Out of Parenting
(Ages 1 - 12)
When we handle parenting challenges in positive, effective ways, we build our relationships.
We’ll discuss setting effective limits, using discipline which teaches, responding
with empathy and avoiding arguments.
"Why Can't You Behave?" Ideas for Positively Handling Misbehavior
(Ages 1 - 12)
It is critical to develop effective skills for responding to misbehavior. We'll
talk about developmental challenges, setting a positive tone, strategies for handling
misbehavior and setting firm limits in a kind way.
Presentations for Early Childhood Educators
Responding in Healthy Ways to Kids' Challenging Behavior
(Ages 1 - 8)
When young children have stressful home lives, their behavior often reflects that stress. Trying to eliminate the poor behavior without acknowledging the underlying issues does not work well. We’ll explore how to talk to kids about their strong feelings and give them better tools for expressing those feelings. We’ll also look at controlling our own anger so that we avoid blame, shame and harsh words. When we can respond from a place of empathy, we can guide children to finding better solutions to their problems.
Healthy Use of Technology for Tots
(Ages 0 - 5)
Tots love screens! How can screens be used in ways that are healthy and helpful for young kids? What limits need to be
set around screens? We’ll discuss these questions and also look at examples of successful uses of technology in preschools.
Improving Behavior By Improving Relationships
All relationships experience conflict. How you handle conflict can build up or break down a relationship. Relationships that are strained or feel negative trigger poor behavior. In this workshop we'll explore how to positively build the relationships that influence what happens in your classroom.
Learning Through Experimenting for Young Children
(Ages 1 - 5)
Babies and preschoolers are a lot like little scientists. They are excellent at creating a hypothesis and then testing it out against the evidence. They quickly learn from their experiments. Discover how you can harness their natural curiosity in ways that encourage them to experiment. Pick up ideas from researchers and other preschool teachers for creating environments that engage children in ways that lead to learning.
Sharpening Young Kids' Self-Awareness Through Their Senses
(Ages 3 - 8)
Young children are naturally curious about how their bodies work. You’ll learn to help them understand how their brains respond to stress and how to calm down. When you teach them to carefully observe what they are seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or feeling, it increases their self-awareness and self-regulation. We'll explore fun ways to introduce children to being mindfully aware of their bodies and surroundings.
Talking to Parents About Setting Limits On Kids' Technology Use
(Ages 0 - 8)
Talking to parents about their kids' use of technology can be touchy. How do you approach parents when you believe their child is spending too much time on screens or perhaps viewing inappropriate things? How do you set expectations for parents around their own technology use when dropping their kids off or picking them up? We'll discuss these questions and more!
Calm, Confident Parenting 6-Week Class
If you'd like a more comprehensive parenting program, this 6-week class is a perfect choice.
We'll explore ideas that can save your sanity and pave a path to a joyful family life.
Each week we will cover a new topicand you'll also have time to ask questions about specific challenges you are facing.
You can read more about this 6-week parenting class
and associated fees.
Presentations Within the Seattle Area for a Single School, Church, Company or Group
Presentations Outside the Seattle Area or for Professional Training and STARS workshops
- $375 (2 hours), $325 (1.5 hours), $275 (1 hour)
- Additional travel fees: free if less than 10 miles from UW Bothell, 10 - 19 miles = $50, 20 - 29 = $75, 30 - 39 = $100 (contact for quote if more than 40 miles or requires ferry boat)
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