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Setting Limits Compassionately (Don’t Miss This Amazing 1-Night Workshop!)

February 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Parenting From Balance©

PUNISHMENTS and REWARDS: What to do Instead

 Setting boundaries that work with children 


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 focus on limit-setting techniques which support children in developing the ability to set safe limits for themselves. Discussion points to include:


  • The risks associated with punishment and reward
  • Why limits are important
  • Preventing conflict
  • Self-regulation
  • Problem-solving



Date: Thursday, February 23

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location: Riviera PlaySchool

Cost: $10 each for RPS parents/ $20 each for general public


Introducing Facilitators Laura Dotson and Melody Elder:


Laura Dotson M.A., LMFT, 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.Ed., 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.


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