September registration 2016 is OPEN

Whether you are currently in Creative Parenting Classes or you have not been involved for 10, 15,or 20 years, I want to THANK YOU.
I am starting my 32nd year and I could not have done it without you.

Meeting wonderful families like yours makes my job so rewarding.

As you know, word of mouth is how people find out about my class. I am hoping you can pass on the attached registration forms to your friends, neighbors , or anyone else who might have a little one.

September registration is OPEN ! Many moms like to register for a special day and time because of other commitments.
Now you can sign up and forget about it.
The three year old class is on Thursday , 9:10 to 10:40 and 10:45 to 12:15 and Friday, from 10:30 to 12:00. Children must be three by Dec. 15th to start this class in Sept.

I have tried to keep the prices low and there is no registration fee. The price includes, a craft, handouts and a snack. If you compare classes you will see what a great deal this is. Creative Parenting Classes are a FULL hour too. Remember, if you bring more than one child, it is half off the second child.

THANK YOU for passing this on, your help in doing this enables me to keep my fee low.
Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.
215-322-5755 sixfisher@msn.com.

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Have a wonderful Summer and I hope to see you in September..
Maryanne Fisher

Late Spring/Summer Six week session Registration is OPEN

Happy Spring
We are registering for our six week late Spring /Summer session , which starts the week of May 21st thru June 27th. These classes are held in Newtown only, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
We start at 16 months and go thru 3 years. The three years old class is the perfect prep for kids going to school in Sept. These classes are held on Thursday at 9:25 or 11:00.
Children must be three by the end of Aug. to join this class.
The six week session is a really fun session… we have a Strawberry Party, we do footprints for Father’s Day, we have a beach party and so much more. If older siblings are around the last few weeks, they can come and visit the class. If its longer then two weeks, they can join the class and participate (half price for the classes they attend)
The regular class is 120.00 and the three year old class is 160.00

September registration is also open. Many moms like to register for a special day and time because of other commitments.
Now you can sign up and forget about it.
The three year old class is on Thursday 9:10 to 10:40 and 10:30 to 12:15 and Friday, from 10:30 to 12:00. Children must be three by Dec. 15th to start this class in Sept.

I have tried to keep the prices low and there is no registration fee. The price includes, a craft, handouts and a snack. If you compare classes you will see what a great deal this is. Creative Parenting Classes are a FULL hour too. Remember, if you bring more than one child, it is half off the second child.

THANK YOU for passing this on, your help in doing this enables me to keep my fee low.
Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.
215-322-5755 sixfisher@msn.com.

Be sure to LIKE, Creative Parenting Classes on Facebook.
Have a wonderful Spring.
Maryanne Fisher

Ways to Give Your Children a Voice

5 Ways to Give Your Children a Voice

1. Stop moving and stop doing when they speak to you.

By looking up from the task at hand and looking into your children’s eyes, you are indicating you value their thoughts, no matter how trivial. This provides both a foundation and an invitation for more difficult conversations as they grow.

* Tip: If your days are full and you cannot give your undivided attention whenever your child speaks, make sure there is a time of day when you can be ALL there. Maybe it is at bedtime or right afterschool. When my older daughter was 3 she began asking for “talk time” at night. It involved ten minutes of her asking innocent questions and telling me trivial things and me giving her my undivided attention. She is now 12 and we still have “talk time” every night. As one would expect, the questions and topics have become more serious, and I am grateful to be part of the conversation.

2. Respect their words.

Maybe it takes time for them to put their thoughts into words. It’s okay; you don’t have to finish their sentences—they will come. Maybe their opinion is completely nuts. It’s okay; you don’t have to agree. Maybe they remember something differently than the way you do. It’s okay; you don’t have to be “right”. By giving them the time and space to share what’s on their hearts, you are strengthening their voice.

3. Let them speak for themselves whenever possible.

When my children have something they want to tell the coach, the waiter, or the sales clerk, I first let them practice what they want to say and then they are encouraged to speak for themselves. I will never forget when we were sitting at my child’s fifth grade parent/teacher conference and the teacher asked if we had any concerns. My daughter quietly spoke up to say she loved helping her classmates but there was one student who made her feel very uncomfortable. The teacher said, “I hear you. I understand.” I was relieved that my child was able to express this feeling of unease in an effort to protect herself. I commend the teacher for validating my daughter’s feelings by her supportive response.

4. Let them be the expert of something.

When my younger daughter was 4, I could not locate my car in a mall parking lot and feared it had been stolen. She quickly pointed out that we were not in the right section and showed me the way. That night, I deemed her ‘The Parking Lot Expert’ and she beamed. She is 9 now and still calls out, “Don’t worry, Mom! I remember where we parked!” She is also The Name Expert in our family because she always remembers people’s names. I also designated her The Music Expert because she knows how to tune and play her instruments, as well as sing beautifully. Children soar when their gifts are acknowledged and affirmed. By letting them lead, it gives them confidence to voice their skills and wisdom.

5. Pause before responding when troubling information is shared.

When children describe shocking information or confess to making a poor choice, take a 3-second pause and try this response: “Thank you for trusting me with this. You did the right thing by telling me.” No matter how angry you are or how much you want to scold them, it can take just one volatile outburst to shut down future communications with your child. “Thank you for trusting me with this,” opens up both the discussion at hand and the discussions of the future. Think about who you want them to confide in when they are worried, scared, or hurt. If you want it to be you, muster all the grace you have and speak calmly in troubling times.

© Rachel Macy Stafford 2015

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2016, I think back on the past 31 years that I have done Creative Parenting Classes . What an adventure this has been. I have met so many wonderful parents and children. Each child is so unique and I have learned so much from each one of them . Some children that have been in my class are now attending with their own children !

I wish you a year filled with joy and happiness.

Always remember that our children teach us what life is all about.

I hope your 2016 is awesome!

Winter Session 2016

The third session of Creative Parenting Classes is starting the week of Jan. 25th.
We have lots of fun activities planned. New songs, fun crafts, fingerplays , parachute play and lots more.
Don’t hibernate all Winter !!!
Come have some FUN with your toddler.