Speaker Session with Colleen Drobot

We are pleased to have Colleen Drobot, of Drobot Counselling, speak to our parent body on Wednesday May 9th, 1pm, in the PJ Learning Commons.

Colleen Drobot is a registered professional counsellor and parent consultant.  She is also an educator has 20 years experience working with children. She specializes in helping parents make sense of children from a developmental perspective. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Neufeld Institute and has worked with Dr. Gordon Neufeld for over a decade. Colleen is a mother of two and draws from her personal as well as professional experience.

She can address many parenting topics, including parental authority, approaches to discipline, sibling rivalry, and raising resilient children.  We want to seek input on which topic is of most interest to PJ parents right now.  So please vote for your choice from the topics below.

The subject with the most votes is the one that Colleen will present on.

You’re Not the Boss of Me – Understanding Defiance and Cultivating Cooperation

Children are naturally inclined to resist and oppose when feeling pressed upon or controlled. Although the reaction is quite normal and even healthy in certain circumstances, its manifestations and impact can be highly disruptive, making life difficult for parents and teachers. We will discuss the meaning of this deep-rooted instinct and the dynamics that control its existence and expression. We will provide strategies to help adults reduce the effects of oppositional behaviour and deepen attachment and cooperation with children and youth.

Who’s in Charge? – Parenting in the Lead

When your child is in charge of the relationship or tries to take the lead and dominate, many problems can manifest in varying ways, such as: anxiety, clinginess, constant pursuit of your attention, unable to hear ‘no’, refusal to follow directions or listen to you, bossiness, bullying, aggression/frustration, and behaviour or discipline problems.

This workshop is excellent for anyone who wants to learn more about being in charge of the relationship with their children so their children can rest in their care, and therefore grow and realize their potential.

In this workshop we will discuss why it is so important that we are in “right relationship” with our children, how inviting dependence brings our children to rest and can allow the brain to grow and mature, and how we can take charge and be the parent our children need us to be.

There are many subtle ways we can lose the ‘alpha position’. We will discuss how to identify when we are not in charge and how we can get there

Cultivating Resilience in Children

Humans are some of the most adaptive creatures on the planet.

Many of us are able to overcome adversity and find creative solutions to our problems, but unfortunately this is not the case for everyone. Raising resourceful and resilient children has never been more important. Children must face disappointment, loss, and circumstances they cannot change.

How can we as parents cultivate resilience so that our children will not only endure these experiences, but will be able to gain strength and confidence in their ability to cope with them?

In this presentation, we will uncover the roots of resilience and offer ideas as to how parents can foster this process in their children.