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Communication Workshop: How to Resolve Conflicts Peacefully

November 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Parenting From Balance©

Why Doesn’t My Child Listen to Me?

What: A 2-hour communication workshop for parents

When: Wednesday, November 10, from 7pm to 9pm

Where: Riviera PlaySchool

How: 310)408-5616

Parenting is a life-long learning process of nurturing our connection with our children.  Parenting is “messy” business.  There is no “prescription” for dealing with the day-to-day challenges of raising children.  There are, however, basic communication tools that can assist parents in dealing positively with challenges, while deepening the relationship between parent and child.   

Workshop Content:

This workshop will address issues of communication between parent and child. Although theory will be presented, the emphasis of the workshop will focus on participants’ specific situations or concerns.  Among the tools discussed, will be:

  • Intention (a way of “being” with ourselves and with our children)
  • “I” messages (owning our feelings and perceptions)
  • Resolving conflicts peacefully (win/win model…everyone’s needs are met)
  • Facilitating “problem-solving” (creative solutions)
  • Honoring feelings (parent’s and child’s)

Introducing Facilitators Laura Dotson and Melody Elder

Laura Dotson MFT, the mother of 4 adult children and Ruby’s, Hyla’s, and Ayro’s grandmother, has over 35 years of varied experience working with adults and children.  She was a staff member at Play Mountain Place for 10 years, and for the past 15 years has been the Psych.Consultant at Manhattan Beach Nursery School.  Laura maintains a private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the South Bay, and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Melody Elder M.A., the mother of an adult daughter, is a teacher and parent educator with over 35 years experience working with children and parents in nursery school, elementary school, and home-school settings.  She has taught parenting classes for South Bay Adult School and the Center for Positive Parenting and works part-time teaching and directing at Manhattan Beach Nursery School.  .  Melody maintains a private coaching practice in the South Bay where she facilitates parenting support groups as well as 1:1 coaching ( She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and in Spiritual Psychology and is a credentialed teacher in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education.

Registration Information:

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Fee: $10 per person or $15 per couple for enrolled families, $20 per person or $30 per couple for general public

Location: Riviera PlaySchool

RSVP: Linda at,  or call: 310)408-5616

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