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April 25, 2005

The Changing Face of Authority

"The Changing Face of Authority"
Workshop by Claudia McLaren Lainson (Audio in 2-CD format)

Authority without violence, without punitive measure, without cliche, that is the new face of authority. How do we practice this art? By developing our spiritual understanding and our social-emotional intelligence. Putting this into practice begins with story telling for the young child and ends with spiritual counseling for the adolescent. This workshop had standing room only!

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The Artistry of Discipline

"The Artistry of Discipline"
Workshop by Claudia McLaren Lainson (Audio in 2-CD format)

The "I AM" of our children is the gift that is gradually descending, gradually revealing its light. Our task is to recognize this light and not be distracted by the difficult behaviors of the personality. The personality is content. The gift is intent. Learn practical ways to perceive intent and not get lost in content through the artistry of discipline and the power of peaceful language.

Audio recording in 2-CD format.

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Therapeutic Storytelling

"The Art of Therapeutic Storytelling"
Workshop by Claudia McLaren Lainson

Stories help the child see through behaviors and events to the underlying patterns. They make sense of the insensible and create a vertical certainty in turbulent times. We are all storytellers. How do we begin to remember this ancient art? [Ed.Note: You'll also hear them called "pedagogical" or "curative" stories and they're an invaluable tool to have in your kit!]

Audio recording in CD format.

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Setting Clear Boundaries

"Setting Clear Boundaries"
Workshop by Cynthia Wand (Audio in CD format)

What boundaries do you have in your personal life? In your family life? Explore how virtue-based boundaries can help us use our authority in service to our children's learning and support their spiritual growth.

Audio recording in CD format.

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November 14, 2005

Questions of Discipline

Questions of Discipline
Workshop by Regina Mason

Regina continues with the discussion of ideas covered in her keynote, "Cultivating Mastery: Preparing Untroubled CHildren to Live in a Troubled World." They include questions such as: Where does true authority come from-especially when you're trying not to be authoritarian? What is discipline beyond the definition of punishment? How can we provide "discipline" without stifling our child's creativity and spontaneity? In homeschooling, how can we move gracefully between the roles of "parent" and "teacher," and how can child-led learning succeed without creating childhood "tyrants?"

Audio Recording in CD format.

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November 28, 2005

How to Get Your Child to...

"How to Get Your Child to Do What You Want without Talking Yourself to Death" (Through Age 7)
by Nancy Blanning

Practical ways to create harmony and avoid problems through developing a respectful understanding of children's consciousness and adapting yours more appropriately.

Audio recording in CD format.

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December 23, 2005

Loving Authority

Loving Authority: Building Up, Not Tearing Down
Workshop by Penni Sparks

Penni offers practial ways to meet everyday parenting frustrations with clarity and kindness. This workshop has at least 50 people every time she offers it!

Audio recording in CD format.

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December 8, 2007

Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline
Workshop by Susan Kaplan

Discover pathways of balance and congruence. Learn the difference between punishment, positive discipline and guiding with connectedness. Susan explores how old family patterns, parental style conflicts and stress can weaken your vision. Nurture your hopes and dreams and learn skills to bring your values alive.

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Creativity and Discipline

Creativity and Discipline--Discussion Session
Workshop by Regina Mason

Regina continues with the discussion of ideas covered in her keynote, "Fostering and Preserving your Child's Creative Spirit." Topics considered include: Where does true authority come from, especially when you're trying not to be authoritarian? In homeschooling how can we move gracefully between the rolls of "parent" and "teacher," and how can child-led learning succeed without creating childhood "tyrants?" What is discipline beyond the definition of punishment? Based on participants' questions.

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Standing in the Heart

Standing in the Heart: The Brain of the New Intelligence
Workshop by Claudia McLaren Lainson

Our children are coming with a heart knowing that requires us to meet them with our heart if they are to recognize us as authorities, guides and pathfinders. Making the changes these children need requires our moving into the new intelligence. Who are these children and what changes do I need to make in myself to meet them?

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Guiding the Child's Will

Guiding the Child's Will: Not too tight, not too loose.
Workshop by Dee Joy Coulter, Ed.D.

Each child needs to make a journey from willfulness to willpower, requiring all our wisdom, compassion and courage. We will consider how the will transforms at each developmental stage, how personal obstacles can become will practices and how to shape our guidance to meet each unique child.

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June 15, 2009

"Parenting with Spirit" [Book]

"Parenting with Spirit: A Waldorf Guide for the Three Phases of Childhood"
Book by Cindy Brooks and Joya Birns

Cindy and Joya have written a much-needed book describing the three phases of childhood and ways in which effective parenting skills change in response to children's changing levels of development. The seven-year phases of development are described in the chapter on "Working with Developmental Forces in Parenting," as well as ways to influence children when they are centered in imitation (bith-7), admiration (7-14) and individuation (14-21).

The next chapter, "Discipline Skills for Parent-Child Conflicts," focuses on age-appropriate communication skills and strategies, and ways in which these need to change as your child grows and matures. Working with the spiritual world is also discussed, along with tips for co-parenting and single-parenting. The book ends with extensive appendices on therapeutic stories, suggested reading, and community resources.

The book is short (only 60 pages, spiral bound), but it's unique in presenting these ideas in such a concise, clearly understandable and practical way.

Cindy and Joya offered three workshops on "Parenting with Spirit" at our 2009 conference on "Educating Our Children--Changing the Future" in Fair Oaks. All three are available to purchase in CD format. The first session focuses on "Working with the Spiritual World." The second will help develop "Waldorf-Inspired Communication and Empathy Skills." And the third considers ways of "Working with Negative Behavior in Children." All three expand on the themes developed in the book.

About the authors:
Joya Birns and Cindy Brooks co-lead the monthly support group at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School ("Parent Circle") and various workshops for parents. Joya previously taught early childhood and handwork classes in three Waldorf Schools and has worked with parent groups since 1982. Cindy received her MA in transpersonal psychology from Antioch University--Seattle in 1990. In 1995 she completed a two-year training in sandplay at the Child Therapy Institute of Marin and was licensed as an MFT in California in 1996. In 2003 she graduated from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and has worked with the Care Group at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School since 2003.

To order the book "Parenting with Spirit," click on the button below. We also sell three CD recordings of workshops by Joya and Cindy on Parenting with Spirit.

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Parenting with Spirit: Working with the Spiritual World

Parenting with Spirit: Working with the Spiritual World
Workshop by Cindy Brooks and Joya Birns

In this workshop, Cindy and Joya focus on the reality of spiritual guidance and ways to connect to this source of inspiration and support in daily life. Working with music, meditation, discussion and artistic process, they develop a practice for ongoing dialogue with the angelic realm.

This workshop expands on Chapter 5 in their book Parenting with Spirit: A Waldorf Guide for the Three Phases of Childhood. We also carry two other CDs from their workshops on Parenting with Spirit: "Waldorf-Inspired Communication and Empathy Skills" and "Working with Negative Behavior in Children."

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Parenting with Spirit: Working with Negative Behavior

Parenting with Spirit: Working with Negative Behavior in Children
Workshop by Cindy Brooks and Joya Birns

This workshop focuses on boundaries, tolerating negativity and Waldorf-inspired discipline strategies for each 7-year period. Discussion time is included to help with practical application.

This workshop accompanies and expands on Chapter 4 in their book, Parenting with Spirit: A Waldorf Guide for the Three Phases of Childhood. Other recordings of Parenting with Spirit workshops that we offer include "Working with the Spiritual World" and "Waldorf-Inspired Communication and Empathy Skills."

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Parenting with Spirit: 3-Workshop CD Set

Parenting with Spirit [3-workshop set]
Three Workshops by Cindy Brooks and Joya Birns

These three workshops explain and further develop the themes in their book, Parenting with Spirit: A Waldorf Guide for the Three Phases of Childhood.
The first CD covers "Working with the Spiritual World." In this workshop, Cindy and Joya focus on the reality of spiritual guidance and ways to connect to this source of inspiration and support in daily life. Working with music, meditation, discussion and artistic process, they develop a practice for ongoing dialogue with the angelic realm.

The second CD on "Waldorf-Inspired Communication and Empathy Skills" covers how children develop through the three 7-year periods and ways to work with developmental forces in parenting. The focus is on discovering how age-appropriate communication and mirroring can improve the parent-child relationship. Discussion time is included to assist with practical application.

The third CD focuses on boundaries, tolerating negativity and Waldorf-inspired discipline strategies for each 7-year period. Discussion time is included to help with practical application.

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Also purchase the book Parenting with Spirit: A Waldorf Guide for the Three Phases of Childhood

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Regarding the book:
Cindy and Joya have written a much-needed book describing the three phases of childhood and ways in which effective parenting skills change in response to children's changing levels of development. The seven-year phases of development are described in the chapter on "Working with Developmental Forces in Parenting," as well as ways to influence children when they are centered in imitation (bith-7), admiration (7-14) and individuation (14-21).

The next chapter, "Discipline Skills for Parent-Child Conflicts," focuses on age-appropriate communication skills and strategies, and ways in which these need to change as your child grows and matures. Working with the spiritual world is also discussed, along with tips for co-parenting and single-parenting. The book ends with extensive appendices on therapeutic stories, suggested reading, and community resources.

I highly recommend this book! It is short--only 60 pages, spiral bound--but it's hard to find this information in such a concise, clearly written format! --Rahima

About the authors:
Joya Birns and Cindy Brooks co-lead the monthly support group at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School ("Parent Circle") and various workshops for parents. Joya previously taught early childhood and handwork classes in three Waldorf Schools and has worked with parent groups since 1982. Cindy received her MA in transpersonal psychology from Antioch University--Seattle in 1990. In 1995 she completed a two-year training in sandplay at the Child Therapy Institute of Marin and was licensed as an MFT in California in 1996. In 2003 she graduated from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and has worked with the Care Group at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School since 2003.


May 16, 2010

The L.O.V.E. Approach to Discipline

The L.O.V.E. Approach to Discipline
Workshop by Cynthia Aldinger

Learn about this practical, multi-faceted approach to child guidance based on listening, laughter, order, objectivity, versatility, vulnerability, energy and enthusiasm.

Cynthia is the founder of LifeWays North America, and this popular workshop has been offered throughout the country. The workshop deals primarily with young children, toddlers through age nine.

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September 24, 2012

Children and Choices

girlwapples.jpgA mother wrote:
I am just starting to learn more about Waldorf teaching philosophies. I always want to do all in the best interest of the children. Is it wise to let children select the "one they wish" or for me to decide for them. I am confused with this as I have heard different things from various teachers I have talked to around the country (non Waldorf teachers).
Many thanks for your help!

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