Parent School Events & LABs
Do you hold the reins so tight that that your kid is always trying to buck your authority? Are you stuck in constant negotiations? Do you become fearful of losing your power and get reactive? Do you get overwhelmed and give up (becoming overly permissive) when your kid tries to take the reins?
The balance between being loving, and being in charge can be struck! What's the secret for keeping your head and staying connected with your kid WHILE you hold firm boundaries in place? Find out how to become "a calm captain" in this leadership essentials workshop.
LAB held recently at Neil Cummins Elementary and The Cove School
SIBLINGS: TRANSFORMING RIVALRY TO REVERIE
What can I do to promote a strong bond between my kids? Their fighting creates so much tension and upset at home. What can I do to help their relationship thrive? How can I help them build a safe connection? What is my role when they are fighting?
Polly will answer these questions and show you a productive road to cultivating a peaceful home.
LAB most recently sponsored by The Southern Marin Mother’s Club
LEAN OUT LEADERSHIP
Learn how to lean out & relax in moments of tension instead of leaning in with threats and yelling. Holding boundaries while relaxing can be your new “move” that promises to massively change the way your kids respond to you when it’s time to hold them accountable.
Anyone can learn how to steer the family ship without using "power-over" and shame tactics. This workshop is a game changer for parents who are exhausted by the game.
TEENS - THE BIG PIVOT: WHAT'S MY ROLE NOW THAT MY KID IS NO LONGER A KID?
Wait, What am I supposed to be teaching them? How much help is too much help? Why does it seem like they’ve forgotten everything I taught them and suddenly have lost their common sense? How do I create an alliance with my teen so they feel that I am rooting for them rather than saving them, criticizing them or insulting them? Free yourself parents and get to this LAB so you know what to focus on and what to let go of as your kid crosses over into adolescence.
EMOTIONS AND ANXIETY
Learn what “to do” about your kid’s emotions that could save your life and theirs. If you have a sensitive child, an anxious child or a reactive child that “doesn’t want to talk about” their stormy moods, then this is the workshop for you. Find out how you can navigate feelings to prevent depression, chronic anxiety and addiction.
GETTING UNSTUCK WITH LITTLE ONES
Polly teaches tricks that are massively stress reducing and immediately effective. Her methods completely change the dynamic between parents and kids so that you feel whole and preserved at the end of a tough day, rather than threaded and shredded by the parent experience.
LAB held recently at Ross Valley Nursery School
THE DAD LAB
What do my kids need more than anything else from me? Is there anything I can communicate to them today that will completely change the course of their lives?
Dads, this workshop is where you can learn powerful information about how to connect with your kids, ask anything, and get answers that may change your kids' life as well as your own.
THE ATTACHMENT LAB
Learn a natural approach to soothing an anxious child. Find out the very simple, concrete things you can do to raise a secure person and grow a lasting, sturdy, bond with your kids while soothing them in the moments they feel anxious, flooded with emotion or totally stuck in their lives.
ONLINE SAFETY: RELATIONSHIPS & DEVICES
How do we create agreements around technology that aren’t punitive and divisive? What are the boundaries and how do we talk about them so doors aren’t constantly slamming and devices aren’t being angrily yanked away? How do I keep my kid as safe as possible? Find out in this 90 minute workshop.
THE HOUSE THAT TECH BUILT: STAYING ATTACHED WITH TECH ALL AROUND
Technology doesn't have to divide you and your kids. It can actually bring you closer. Learn how to cultivate trust and raise accountability around screen time at home while building closeness. Learn how to design clear boundaries around phone time that serves your relationship and are easy to implement.
TECH LAB: CONNECTING TO YOUR VALUES, BOUNDARIES & AGREEMENTS BEFORE CONNECTING TO DEVICES
How much tech is too much? How do I protect them from harm? How do I protect our relationship? What will our agreements be around technology? How do we maintain them as parents? My kid is so preoccupied with getting a show or playing a game on my phone. How do I set up a life that isn’t a constant negotiation around tech use?
Emotion Regulation LABs
HOLY SHIFT! THE MAGIC & SCIENCE OF FINDING YOUR COOL WHEN YOU'VE LOST IT
This series is for parents who want to practice what they preach, enjoy their parenting more, and lose their cool less. We'll go in depth on how to regulate your own big emotions and reactivity, offering you tools and strategies to help you be a grounded, safe, and relaxed leader.
Soothing and diffusing anger immediately
Detecting overwhelm & finding ground
Communicating in tense moments
Low intensity leadership: getting them to listen without getting LOUD
The post anger fall-out: reflecting and repairing
The art of self care: Taking off your "parent hat" (and feeling good about it)