Parenting as a Spiritual
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Susan Stiffelman – Parenting as a Spiritual Path
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What You’ll Discover in These 7 Sessions
Each teaching and training session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that you’ll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to experience Parenting as a Spiritual Path. Your child will experience a transformed parent who is more present, grounded and engaged – as well as light-hearted and fun.
Module 1: The Collision of Your Spiritual World and Real-Life Parenting (Recorded April 23)
For most, a key aspect of being “spiritual” is maintaining a sense of peace and equilibrium – however, raising kids is often anything but peaceful. It’s easy for your soul-powered ideals to collide with the realities of day-to-day life as a parent. You may lose your cool, bribe and threaten – even when you love your kids with all your heart.
Learn how to take an honest look at your expectations for combining your spiritual path with parenting – and embrace loving kindness toward yourself when exploring the ways in which the daily realities differ from these aspirations.
Discover techniques for embracing non-judgmental curiosity to effectively assess where you are in your own parenting journey.
Uncover parenting patterns you inherited (and continue to this day), and learn specific ways to parent effectively – even in the heat of the moment.
Identify the particular triggers that cause you to lose your center, and begin taking manageable steps toward becoming the best version of your parenting self.
Discover the power of responding mindfully, instead of reacting.
Create a clear vision of how you would like your parenting skills – and your connection to your children – to be transformed by the end of this course.
Module 2: Effective Tools for
“Captaining the Ship” (Recorded April 30)
Children need someone to be in charge; it comforts them to know that their parent can handle the “storms” of growing up as the calm captain of their ship – without leaping over the rails when the going gets tough. While your children are divine and spiritual beings in their own right, they still need their parent to fully inhabit the role of being the one in charge.
Find out why it’s crucial to embrace hierarchical structures with love and awareness.
Learn a simple way for determining whether you’re in charge as the “captain,” arguing or negotiating like “two lawyers” or threatening as the “dictator.”
Find out how to be the captain of your child’s ship – confidently managing the calm AND stormy seas of raising kids, instead of controlling through bribes and threats.
Discover how to come alongside, rather than at your child – to foster receptivity and cooperation.
Uncover techniques for staying calm, cool, connected – and confidently in charge – even when your children push your buttons.
Module 3: The Child You Have is the
Very One You Need for Your Growth
and Evolution (Recorded May 7)
If you want to get a gauge on your spiritual practice, take a look at how you react when your daughter spills red juice on your new sofa, or your son refuses to turn off his laptop at 1:00am on a school night. You don’t have to compartmentalize the realities of parenting to further your spirituality. In fact, the very child you have is likely to offer you the perfect opportunities to grow and evolve.
Learn about the “snapshot child” – and how to override the expectations you have for how your child should behave – in order to create a more harmonious family life.
Explore how you treat your children – and yourself – when your child’s behavior is a mismatch with how you wish they would act or be.
Discover how to celebrate the child you have, as is – mindfully moving through disappointment when necessary.
Learn to embrace even the difficult moments as opportunities to learn and move through old issues.
Connect to the ways parenting can be a blessed, divine experience – and catalyst for your greatest spiritual growth and evolution.
Module 4: Frustration as a Catalyst
for Growth (Recorded May 14)
Childhood is filled with frustrating moments. Your son would rather stay in bed than hustle to get out the door for school, or your daughter had her heart set on a friend coming over to play – but plans fell through. Rather than fixing your children’s upsets, what they really need are parents who can guide them to move through life’s inevitable disappointments – so they can grow into resilient adults. And while you’re helping your kids cope with frustration, you have the opportunity to learn ways to move through your own challenges.
Explore what comes up for you when your children are sad, hurt, angry – or simply don’t like you very much.
Learn how to help a child move from frustration to acceptance, rather than aggression.
Develop mindful practices for staying present and grounded in the midst of a child’s emotional and/or physical “storm.”
Discover techniques for helping your child experience and move through sadness and grief when life doesn’t go his or her way
Module 5: Raising Conscious, Caring, Connected Kids (Recorded May 21)
Most of us want to provide our children with the resources we may have not had when we set out on our own life path. While you can’t accompany your children throughout their adult lives, you can equip them with powerful tools and skills that will help them to avoid some of the pitfalls that could cause them to lose their way.
Learn mindfulness strategies that are child and teen-friendly.
Teach children to question thoughts and beliefs that foster stress, depression and anxiety.
Learn to model positive behaviors, such as living with gratitude.
Help children manage digital media–from content quality to time spent.
Engage children in outdoor activities to combat Nature Deficit Disorder.
Provide guidance so children learn to untangle complicated peer relationships.
Discover techniques to help children develop true empathy and compassion.
Teach children to listen, communicate in healthy ways and engage in difficult conversations.
Module 6: Feeling the Love: Fostering Deep Connection with Your Child (Recorded May 28)
Your heart opens when you feel seen, cherished and enjoyed–and the same is true for your children. One of the most precious gifts parenting gives you, is the chance to widen and deepen your capacity for love. As you learn to be more fully and frequently present and heart-centered in the interactions you have with your children, you provide them – and yourself – with profound experiences of love and joy.
Learn how to fortify genuine and deep attachment with your child, regardless of his or her age, interests or temperament.
Foster a sacred connection with your child, while creating a more harmonious family life and environment.
Identify fragile elements and strengthen natural closeness with your child.
Stay present to ways you sabotage moments of true connection.
Heal patterns and limitations you may bring from insecurities and woundedness from your own childhood.
Module 7: Being Fully Present for the Ride (Recorded June 4)
It’s easy to get “lost to the list” as you move through your parenting day – focusing on the basics like getting your kids dressed and making sure homework is finished. But childhood is but a brief window of time – during which you get the chance to influence and love your children before they head off into their own separate lives. It’s important to remember how quickly the time passes, and to make the most of even the simple interactions and experiences that so deeply nourish you and your children.
Learn to be present in the moment – for the good, the bad, and even the ugly.
Find out how to set intentions that allow you to continue growing – and growing up.
Discover the importance of making time and simply letting go to enjoy the sweet, unplanned moments of magic.
Explore parenting as a mindful practice. From homework and bedtime to screen time and chores, you’ll learn new ideas for bringing spirit-centered awareness into practical parenting situations.
The Parenting Bonus Collection
In addition to Susan’s already outstanding 7-module training, you’ll also receive these powerful bonuses that are being offered to further complement what you’ll learn in the course and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Bonus #1: Top 3 Sessions from The Parenting with Presence Summit 2013
This collection of bonus audios are some of the highlights from the 2013 Parenting with Presence Summit hosted by Susan.
The Agreements for Parenting
Audio Training with don Miguel Ruiz, Gabriel Nossovitch and Susan Stiffelman
In this inspiring dialogue, don Miguel Ruiz and Gabriel Nossovitch join Susan for an inspiring look at how to apply the Four Agreements to parenting.
Some of the topics they’ll explore include:
- Learn how you can most effectively utilize the Four Agreements as part of your parenting practice.
- Discover why the agreement, “Don’t Make Assumptions,” is key to helping your children feel safe to express their truth.
- Explore the benefits of “Not Taking Things Personally,” when triggered by the challenges of parenting.
- Understand how your influence shapes the future lives of the children you raise-and the ways negative patterns impact them.
don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of a series of books including The Four Agreements, which has been over 7 years on The New York Times bestseller list and the 36th bestselling book of the decade. He has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec through his books, lectures, and journeys to sacred sites around the world. Other books include: The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, Beyond Fear and The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son don Jose Ruiz.
Gabriel Nossovitch is the co-founder of several personal transformation companies throughout Latin America: ArgentinaWorks SA, in Buenos Aires, ChileWorks SA, in Santiago, and Worldworks Mexico, in Mexico City. He is the co-founder of WorldWorks Inc. in the United States. These organizations offer personal growth and transformational seminars and sponsor large scale community service projects aimed at raising awareness in underprivileged populations in the Americas. Mr. Nossovitch is currently the Chairman of the Board and the Director of Training for Worldworks Mexico and for The Nossovitch Group, a company dedicated to strengthening the leadership of successful corporations throughout the world.
Audio Training with John Gray and Susan Stiffelman
John Gray’s relationship expertise goes beyond intimate relationships. Many of the concepts he has discovered and refined in his work with men and women can be applied in parenting as well.
In this session John and Susan focus on the concept of Positive Reinforcement and the powerful impact it has on children. You will also:
- Learn how the “Five Messages of Positive Parenting” can benefit you and your kids.
- Discover how to foster a closer, more connected relationship with your children so that they naturally want to please you.
John Gray, Ph.D. is the best-selling relationship author of all time and the most trusted voice in relationships today. He is the author of 17 books, including The New York Times #1 Best-Selling Book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. His 17 books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 different languages around the world. John is the leading internationally recognized expert in the fields of communication and relationships. His unique focus helps men and women better understand and respect their gender differences. John’s advice can be easily used to improve relationships at home and at work.
Big Risks and Big Rewards: Parenting In Partnership
Audio Training with Alison Armstrong and Susan Stiffelman
In this powerful dialogue, the designer of the wildly successful “Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women” series of workshops, Alison Armstrong, who is an expert in the realm of relationships shows how many of the core insights she teaches about intimate relationships can be applied in parent-child relationships as well. She’ll share many of them with you including:
The “Illusion of Control” Encouraging independence Inventing your purpose as a parentAlison Armstrong, author, educator, and designer of the wildly acclaimed “Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women” workshop series, poses the questions: “What if no one is misbehaving? What if there’s a good reason for everything men and women do?” She explores the differences in the ways we think, act and communicate. She offers simple, partnership strategies for men and women to improve their communication and intimacy by paying attention to when they talk, how they talk, and what they listen for. While many women bring out the worst in men – turning Princes into Frogs – Alison has spent two decades teaching women and men what they can do to bring out the best in each other.
Bonus #2: Soul Powered Parenting
Audio Training with Chris Attwood and Susan Stiffelman
So many of us have beautiful ideals for our parenting but when the rubber meets the road, it can be hard to bridge our aspirations into tangible action. How do we parent in a way that is powerfully connected to our ideals while grounded in solid day to day habits? How does our parenting become “soul-powered”? In this illuminating dialogue, Susan and Chris explore these issues and help you take your parenting to the next level.
Chris Attwood is co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. He is an expert in the field of human consciousness and is also deeply grounded in the practical world of business.
Bonus #3: Higher Love: Learning to Love What’s Difficult in Your Child Audio Dialogue with Peggy O’Neill and Susan
In this powerful dialogue, Susan talks with Peggy O’Neill about parenting a “challenging” child. Whether the child is challenged or you are challenged dealing with your child, Peggy will provide powerful tools and skills to help you move through the difficulties with greater understanding, ease and love. Having triumphed over many challenges of being a “little person,” (standing 3’8”), Peggy has developed an expertise in celebrating her uniqueness, and teaches others to do the same, as well as to celebrate differences in others; two sides of the same coin, says Peggy. She believes differences and difficulties are here not to make us suffer, but to help us evolve into “bigger, better” human beings. Join us and see how dealing with a “challenging” child can elevate you into an even ‘higher love.’
From the soaring height of 3’8”, Peggy O’Neill has captivated audiences for over 10 years with her poignant message of triumphing over challenges, personal empowerment, and celebrating diversity. She will surely elevate your spirit with her zealous optimism, humorous disposition and encouraging demeanor.
Coming from the field of psychotherapy, Peggy inspires and enlightens the minds and hearts of people from all walks of life. Working with both groups and individuals, she uses insight, captivating storytelling, powerful questions and humor to support us all in breaking free from whatever holds us back, and from being truly magnificent, as we were all born to be. Peggy is the author of two books: Walking Tall and Little Squarehead, as well as the creator of many other “Empowerment Tools.”
Bonus #4: For the Sake of the Kids: “Conscious Uncoupling”: Principles and Practices of Co-operative Co-Parenting in the Aftermath of Divorce Audio dialogue with Susan and Katherine Woodward Thomas
Separation and divorce bring extra complexity to a family. In this important talk, Katherine will share her stories and strategies for navigating an “uncoupling” in a way that creates the minimal amount of stress and trauma for your children. When you consciously seek to minimize trauma for your children it has a wonderful side-effect of minimizing trauma for you!
Katherine Woodward Thomas is the author of the national bestseller Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life. She is a licensed psychotherapist, and a highly acclaimed transformative educator who has worked with over 100,000 people throughout the world in her live and virtual courses. She is the co-creator of the Calling in The One online course, creator of the Conscious Uncoupling 5 step process to recover from a breakup, and the co-founder of the Feminine Power Global Community, a thriving transformative learning community serving thousands of women worldwide.
Susan Stiffelman, is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, an educational therapist and a highly regarded parenting coach. She is also the Huffington Post’s weekly “Parent Coach” advice columnist. As you’ll hear during these sessions, Susan embodies a unique blend of psychotherapist, teacher, beloved auntie and down to earth mom.
Readmore: Susan Stiffelman
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- 1.1 The Parenting Bonus Collection
- 1.1.1 Bonus #1: Top 3 Sessions from The Parenting with Presence Summit 2013
- 220.127.116.11 The Agreements for Parenting Audio Training with don Miguel Ruiz, Gabriel Nossovitch and Susan Stiffelman
- 18.104.22.168 Positive Reinforcement Audio Training with John Gray and Susan Stiffelman
- 22.214.171.124 Big Risks and Big Rewards: Parenting In Partnership Audio Training with Alison Armstrong and Susan Stiffelman
- 1.1.2 Bonus #2: Soul Powered Parenting Audio Training with Chris Attwood and Susan Stiffelman
- 1.1.3 Bonus #3: Higher Love: Learning to Love What’s Difficult in Your Child Audio Dialogue with Peggy O’Neill and Susan
- 1.1.4 Bonus #4: For the Sake of the Kids: “Conscious Uncoupling”: Principles and Practices of Co-operative Co-Parenting in the Aftermath of Divorce Audio dialogue with Susan and Katherine Woodward Thomas
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- 1.1.1 Bonus #1: Top 3 Sessions from The Parenting with Presence Summit 2013
- 1.1 The Parenting Bonus Collection