8 posts categorized "Parenting Group"

'Explosive Child' or 'Spirited Child' support group

July 14, 2016

Hi everyone! I'm looking to start a support group for parents of children who defy the traditional parenting techniques. I have 3 children, 10, 5 and 3. My 2 youngest are adopted and my 5 year old just beats to a different drum. Smart, loving, witty, extremely strong-willed, and challenging. She continues to be in play therapy, we've been through PCIT (parent child interaction therapy), and I myself have a therapist who focuses on attachment. What I'm missing is face to face time with other parents that are also dealing with strong willed children. Books I gravitate toward are, Raising your Spirited Child, The Explosive Child, Easy to Love Difficult to Dicipline, and kids parents and power struggles. All these techniques in these books require a great deal of patience and practice and it can be very daunting and overwhelming at times when you're up against enormous temper tantrums and frequent oppositional behaviors. But with a community of others who are familiar with parenting the children that don't alter their behaviors with, time outs, time in's, 1:1 mom / dad time, behavioral charts, choices, etc. That support could be invaluable to being the parents our kids need us to be. I'm looking for a support group that could possibly meet weekly, our struggles happen often in a day, a weekly group would help me keep focused on being the best parent I can be. We could focus on independent goals or a group one, then support through the rough patches and celebrate the positive ones. I live close in SE, a friend that is also interested in participating lives in Beaverton. We could switch off meeting at one anothers homes, or somewhere in the community. Warmly, Shelley Shelcarmichael@yahoo.com

NE Portland Toddler 2-year old playgroup and Mama Gathering

October 18, 2015

I am interested in starting a neighborhood play group for 2 year olds and moms to connect. My son is 2 this month (October 2015) and we would love to meet some new friends.

I have unsuccessfully tried other groups that are huge (hundreds of members) and it is hard to make personal connections or local smaller groups that only meet occasionally  (again hard to connect when you only see a person once every 2 months).

Here is my idea:

  • The group meets 1/week - same day/time each week - TBD but it will be a weekday morning
  • We have a monthly rotating schedule of meetings similar to this: (1) member's house play date, (2) an outing like OMSI or ???, (3) member's house play date with a music or art focus, (4) outdoor or indoor park (weather dependent).
  • Outings are around town.  The other 3 are local in NE neighborhoods. Moms expected to attend 50% of meetings and to host a play date (either at your house or you select the venue elsewhere).

Group is open to 2 year olds (give or take a couple of months on either end).  In order to get to know each other and have it manageable in our houses, this will be a small group of 10 or less. 

Email Karin at fallerk@msn.com for details and info.   I am also looking for 1-2 other moms to help me organize this. Thanks

Post-natal fitness group- FREE bootcamp

June 20, 2008

Hi all-

I just had my 2nd child a few weeks ago and am looking forward to getting back into shape.  After the birth of my first child, I led a group of other mamas in a exercise group similar to the baby bootcamps held here and in other cities.  I thought, why pay for a class when all I really wanted was a group to help keep me motivated? It worked really well, and was a lot of fun, so I'd like to do it again.

I will be organizing a low-impact walking/calesthenics, 1 hour outdoor exercise routine in Inner NE Portland that can be done with your baby in a stroller.  So- if you have a pre-crawling baby and would like to get together with a group a few days a week to help lose the baby weight, I'd love to hear from you.  wubledoo@yahoo.com

Best,
Robin

Mother's Support Group-Looking for more participants!

May 29, 2008

"The Idea of Motherhood"

http://www.healingcounseling.com/group.html

Are you a mom? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the realities of motherhood? You are not alone! Please join us in a counseling process and support group for mothers with children 8 years old or younger. Group meetings will focus on the emotional exploration of the idea of motherhood and the disconnect with the reality of what motherhood really means.
Group will be cofacilitated by Alison Stawicki, MS, NCC, a professional adult individual counselor and Lindsay McGrath, MS, a professional marriage and family therapist.
Our therapy group will have two evening offerings meeting from 6-7:30 and from 7:30-9 at the Wise Counsel and Comfort offices (www.portland-therapist.com), 423 NE 60th Ave. Portland, OR 97213. Starting date and meeting night to be determined.
$20 per meeting, 8 weeks of meetings.
Please contact Alison Stawicki with interest and inquiries at 503-329-4283 or alisonstawicki@yahoo.com.
Adults only please, no childcare available.

Where to go to meet other mothers...

May 22, 2008

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to where to go to meet other mothers and/or resources on finding play groups for my 20 month old.

I am a mother who works outside of the home four days per week who doesn't have many friends with children.  It feels impossible to find time to meet other parents let alone to find mothers with children the same age as my own...not that it is entirely a prerequisite.

My little one goes to childcare and I noticed that he often just watches the other kids and will play either by himself or will hang out with the caregivers...and then it occurred to me that other than my niece and a couple of friends children (all are older) he doesn't get much time to interact with other children his age one-on-one or in small groups.  He enjoys other children and seems to like watching...which is fine, but having opportunities to play with children his own age, I would think, would really help him to feel more comfortable.

So, here is the scoop...  I live in inner NE, a few blocks from Alberta.  I have off on Mondays and would love to find a group...or just meet up with other mothers informally.  So if you have any information or if you are interested in getting together, let me know.

Perhaps, if I find out that there is nothing readily available, I should start a playgroup...any takers?

The Idea of Motherhood Therapy Group

April 28, 2008

"The Idea of Motherhood"

Are you a mom?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the realities of motherhood?

You are not alone!

Please join us in a counseling process and support group for mothers with children 8 years old or younger. Group meetings will focus on the emotional exploration of the idea of motherhood and the disconnect with the reality of what motherhood really means.

Group will be cofacilitated by Alison Stawicki, MS, NCC, a professional adult individual counselor and Lindsay McGrath, MS, a professional marriage and family therapist.

Our therapy group will have two Thursday evening offerings meeting from 6-7:30 and from 7:30-9 at the Wise Counsel and Comfort offices (www.portland-therapist.com), 423 NE 60th Ave. Portland, OR 97213. Starting date will be determined.

$25 per meeting, 8 weeks of meetings.

Please contact Alison Stawicki with interest and inquiries at 503-329-4283 or alisonstawicki@yahoo.com.

Adults only please, no childcare available.

Birth Bucks - Local Savings for Pregnancy & Baby

March 11, 2008

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  • Free Exercise Band & Exercises                                    
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  • $50 off Aqua-baby swim lesson                                  
  • 50% off home cleaning service                                    
  • $40 off your first order of organic baby food                                 
  • $40 towards a ring resize or jewelry cleaning                                    
  • 30% off first naturopathic well baby visit                                    
  • $20 towards a postpartum lactation consultation                                    
  • $20 towards your next acupuncture treatment                                    
  • $10 off a spa treatment                                    
  • $10 towards a prenatal massage                                 
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"spirited" difficult? child support group for parents

February 25, 2008

I am looking for or will help start a support group  for parents who have exhausting children of all kinds. My son is 4 and fits the "Spirited" child personality. I'd like to get ideas and support from other parents.
Also looking for playdate opportunities so that he can work on his social skills with other kids.