I finally had the pleasure of meeting Sondra of Happy Healthy Hip Parenting after taking one of her workshops at Java Mama called, How to Turn a Terrible Two into a Terrific Two! Trust me, I needed to take it!
I was so happy with the workshop for many reasons…
- Location: Perfect for me since Java Mama is less than 10 minutes away
- Class Size: There were only 5 mommies in the room which allowed for everyone to
- Awesome Instructor: I cannot say this enough, but I was so impressed that Sondra literally had the answers to all my questions. Yes, some of the things she was validating and verifying, but she was able to answer all of my questions, and I had a lot of questions. Pinky seems to be getting an early dose of the “Terrible Twos”
I want to share with you what I learned, but I don’t want to give the whole class away because I want you to check it out for yourself. So I’ll give you some of my biggest take-a-ways or nuggets so to speak…
- Everyone goes through the Terrible Two’s Stage, you’re not alone and it’s not you
- Terrible Two’s represent you little one struggle to be independent from you
- Physical touch is so important, most of the time it’s the reason your child is throwing a tantrum – they just want your attention
- Think to the future and remember to model the behavior and language you want our kids to follow
- Don’t react, respond!
My advice to you…
- If you can, go with your spouse or whoever else takes care of your children as much as you do.
- Take notes and bring something to write on or you can use your smartphone like I did, or your iPad whatever have you
- Come prepared with questions. Like I said Sondra was awesome, she stayed and made sure all of our questions and concerns were addressed
I really recommend taking this class if you have a young one. You will learn so much, and if anything you’ll feel like you’re in a safe haven and not alone in a dark corner trying to pull your hair out asking yourself, “what am I doing wrong.” Everyone, even us mommies need to be reminded of how to be a parent once in a while. Besides, they didn’t come with an instruction manual, right?!
Anyway, I love what Happy Healthy Hip Parenting stands for, “Honoring Families, Supporting Parents, Enriching Relationships!” For more information on Happy Healthy Hip Parenting workshops join their meetup group and visit their blog. You won’t be disappointed! Two Pinky’s Up!