Sunday, April 22, 2012

Help For Hitting And Aggressive Behavior.

Patty Wipfler, creator of Hand In Hand Parenting
Among the handful of blogs and websites I turn to over and over to find advice and support, is Hand in Hand Parenting. Patty Wipfler, who founded this organization more than 20 years ago, has been teaching and supporting parents since the early 70's.  

From sibling rivalry to agressive behavior to common childhood issues like whining, transitions or separation anxiety, the advice and insight offered by Patty and her team always leave me feeling as if I better understand what is motivating my children's behavior and what response from me will work best.

I was very excited when Hand in Hand Parenting contacted me a few weeks ago to review their new online course, "No More Hitting!".

The basic premise behind Hand In Hand's approach is centered on everyone's strong, innate desire to love and be loved. That is, when children act out, they are actually asking for closeness, connection and understanding. When parents' behavior goes "off track", they need support and a place to offload the feelings that interfere with their ability to parent well.

There's help if you feel at a loss as to how to handle
your child's huge emotions or aggressive tendencies
The new course they've developed focuses in on helping parents who have toddlers who bite, push or are otherwise aggressive to other kids. For anyone who just doesn't know what to do, or is concerned about their child's behaviors, this is a course definitely worth checking out. However, even if your child doesn't hit and even if you don't have toddlers, this course can still be life changing.

My Experience

I reviewed this series of 15 short videos over the past few weeks and came away with so much insight into my 5-year old daughter's difficult behavior patterns. She has never had a hitting issue, but she does have huge emotional outbursts, difficulty handling adversity and we get locked into power struggles often. After taking this course I feel armed with some excellent ideas on how I can change the way I respond when she spins out of control into a tantrum and a greater understanding of what is behind her seemingly irrational behaviors. Most importantly, Hand In Hand Parenting's approach has given me a stronger understanding of my daughter's deep need for connection, especially when she seems to be pushing me away. 

The Details
  • Don't worry if you don't have time for a course. This one is self-paced. You have 6 weeks to watch the 3 hours of video which is broken up into 15-minute long segments. 
  • Your partner can watch them as well so you can both be on the same page! 
  • You also get 9 eBooklets including ones on How Children's Emotions Work, Special Time, Crying, Reaching for your Angry Child, Healing Children's Fear and more (a $24 value).
The Bonus!

"No More Hitting" is $79. I'm excited to say that Hand In Hand Parenting has offered 10 sessions at 50% off. These discounted sessions are first come first serve and you just need to enter the code TWINCOACH when you are purchasing. But even if you don't manage to get the course at a discount, it's well worth the $79!

Sign up for Hand In Hand Parenting's new course, "No More Hitting", by clicking here.

If you have any questions I can answer about "No More Hitting", please let me know in the comment section below and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it once you do take the course!
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