Being a parent is hard enough but when we lose our parenting partner, the challenges can be overwhelming. We just can't be in two places at one time. What was once a familiar routine can seem like chaos. Our children may act out or regress in their typical development. There may be difficulties with extended family members. Then of course there is the grief in its many forms: sorrow, anger, a glimpse of hope and then back into the darkness again. And trying to hold it all together, to be strong, for the children we love and are now solely responsible for. There are so many decisions to make and we can feel very alone.
Well, you are not alone. There are others who are walking along beside you. Together, we have strength, resilience and hope.
This class will bind us together in our parenting journey and discuss issues that are common to the experience of widowed parenting. We will laugh together and maybe even cry together. And we will certainly learn together as we focus on practical, time-tested, evidence- based tools and techniques for calming the chaos and raising resilient children.
We will discuss how to:
- Match the kind of support you get with the support you really need
- Use systems and routines to create consistency and reduce chaos
- Talk with your children about difficult issues including grief, dating, etc.
- Gain cooperation around doing chores, homework, etc.
- Put an end to power struggles, arguing, whining, and complaining
- Set limits and enforce them without anger, frustration, nagging, lecturing or giving in
- Raise confidant, resilient kids with good coping skills and hope for the future
Lisa’s message is: "You can do it!" After this informative and entertaining workshop, you’ll walk away with immediately applicable tools, a lighter step, and hope for the future.