Parenting with an Open Heart – next Session on March 24, 2012 from 2 to 4pm

Are looking to refine and enhance what you’ve been doing as a parent because you just “know” that you can and that both you and your child(ren) would benefit all the more from it?

Or are you a frustrated parent floating aimlessly in a sea of authoritarian how-tos that simply don’t work for you or your child(ren)?

Maybe you have even discovered your own parents in your words and actions and wondered how the heck that happened?!

A new parenting seminar series entitled Parenting with an Open Heart is all about empowering the knowledge and wisdom that every human being comes with, passed down for millions of generations, but only recently doubted and suppressed.

Although these past 10,000 years have put many barriers between the civilized person’s intuitive knowledge and day-to-day life, thankfully our innate human heritage remains!

This seminar series is designed to help you reconnect with instinctive and heart-centred parenting…with its joy and success!  It will revolve around you and what you need and it’s designed for all parents, care-givers and parents-to-be, of any generation.  Sure, there’s lots of information to be gleaned, but we’ll work with your life and use our lives as examples so it will be as easy as possible to Parent with an Open Heart.

Our next sessions will focus on Authoritative Parenting and add a twist of trust.  It’s very different than Authoritarian Parenting and is one of many ways to break out of the Authoritarian/Permissive box that civilized parents often find ourselves in.

Alice Miller’s work will help us understand how we ended up in that little parenting box….

And all along the way, we’ll keep in mind what we and our children actually need.

In particular, we’ll create a toolbox of tips for compassionate parents to rely on when times get tough.

Other topics that invariably come up:

We’ll focus on the positives of all these, but we won’t ignore the problems of parenting with a closed heart.

Nonviolent communication is a technique that will be used during the course of this seminar; you need not know it or even want to learn it, but it will help you discover your feelings and needs and those of the rest of your family.  It is highly recommended!  And most importantly, it will help us keep the Parenting with an Open Heart seminar space a “No-fault Zone!”

Admission to each session is by donation, and I don’t want anyone to use cost as a reason not to come.  Snacks are provided (but bring your own specialty to share if you wish) and the suggested sliding scale is $0 to $50.  If it’s more enjoyable for you to trade or barter services or goods, then please let me know so we can arrange it.  My goal is simply to make life more wonderful for more people!    And yes, children are welcome!

Pre-registration for Parenting with an Open Heart is advised and recommended.  Simply email me at eec at resist dot ca (replacing the at with an “@” [no quotes] and the dot with a “.”; sorry for the extra edits but it keeps the spam down) or call me at 604.216.6700 with your name and contact info.  In the event of a last minute change, I’ll make sure you are kept up-to-date.

The next session date for Vancouver is Saturday, March 24th, 2012 in the naturally-lit common room of Paloma Housing Co-op (1580 East 3rd Avenue, 1 block west of Commercial Drive.  We’ll start at 2pm for 2 hours.  The space is child friendly and my daughter specifically requested a time when she could attend, so we’ll have arts and crafts available as well as snacks.  If it’s dry and warm enough for everyone, we’ll hold the sessions outside in the courtyard.

Dave Olsen will be facilitating these parenting seminars. He grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver and recently built a healthy, sustainable home out of cob on Lasqueti Island.   Although he has been a consultant for almost two decades, it was his daughter’s birth 6 years ago that put him on what he calls life’s most important path: Parenting with an Open Heart.

The greatest compliment he is aware of receiving was when a close friend and fellow parent of two asked him if he had read The Continuum Concept written by the recently deceased Jean Liedloff; when he asked about the book, the friend was shocked because she said he parented exactly like the book describes!

Dave is available for parent coaching; he can be reached at eec at resist dot ca or 604.216.6700.


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