The Neurobiology of Resilience
The focus of this workshop is understanding your child’s stress response system and helping then to strengthen their ability to regulate and manage the stress of daily life.. Hope Reimagined focuses on creating the relational space, matched to developmental needs, that foster learning & healing and/or growth. The focus is understanding the stress response system and helping our children move from minimal stress tolerance to a more resilient stress response system. Challenges related to a sensitized stress response may include anxiety, anger management, attention and focus challenges.
Nature Based Wellbeing Plans The focus of this workshop is understanding the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of nature connection activities and some of the science to support this. We will engage in a series of activities, including Forest bathing and or forest therapy, to develop a plan based on the individual needs, interests and access of participants. Participants will leave with a personal plan that is realistic and tailored to their goals.
Managing the challenges of parenting in a time of crisis education.
In this workshop we will explore the challenges of providing structure, supporting our children and managing the demands of parenting. We will look at this current time and explore how this past year of mostly remote education and how you can continue support your child as partners in their education. In this past year we have learned so much and I want to support caregivers to reimagine a more joyful relationship with learning.
Finding Screen Time Balance
The challenge of how much screen time to allow children can be overwhelming and this past year has magnified this challenge! We will explore the research on the impact of screen time, including social media, video games and other online activities. We will explore the individual needs of participants children and the family to help them find a balanced relationship with technology. At the end of the workshop parents will have some tools to make informed decisions about access to screen time and a plan to work with their children to implement a plan that works for their family.
Parenting our Young Children to be Anti-Racist
With the death of George Floyde and the growing awareness of the deep racism and inequality in this country, many parents have had to grapple with the complexities of white supremacy and parenting. For over 25 years I have been involved in social justice advocacy, diversity and inclusion and trauma healing in diverse urban communities. I have 2 white teenagers and have chosen to raise them in a diverse community. Throughout their childhood we have had to dive deep into our implicit bias and their understanding of white supremacy. We have been intentional to include them in the fight against racism and white supremacy, while supporting my children's self image and humility. I will share some of my learnings and challenges in parenting white children with the intention of preventing their participation in white supremacy. I hope to support parents to identify a path forward to raising children to be anit-racisit. These issues are complex and often painful, but if we create safe environments to grapple with the complexity, we can find joy and community.
"Susan't workshop was vital in helping me survive parenting during Covid. She made our challenges seem manageable because she was easily able to explain the experiences our children were facing and how we could rise to the occasion to be the moms and dads our kids were needing. I looked forward to our weekly meetings, as a place to share, find support and gain insight. Susan was honest, real and sympathetic with her advice. It was a wonderful experience!"
Single mom of 2