2017 Classes

CLASSES FOR PARENTS

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DIFFUSING THE “FIT BOMB”

Kids will throw fits.  They will scream.  They will cry.  They may even throw things or flail about all over the ground.  Sometimes kids just simply explode! Fits can be so frightening, frustrating, annoying, and can make us really lose our cool.  What can we do instead?  In this class, you will learn:

  • common mistakes parents make that actually cause more fits.
  • calm strategies for what to do during a fit that don’t involve yelling.
  • powerful tools to implement for preventing fits in the first place.

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Proactive Parenting: How to Stay Ahead of Your Kids

Do you find that you are always reacting?  Do you notice that you are constantly punishing and correcting behavior after the fact?  Do you find that you’re managing major temper tantrums and meltdowns.  One of the best strategies about being a parent is to be proactive!  Do you have a vision for your child(ren)?  Do you know where you want them to be, but have no idea how to get them there?  In this class, you will: 

  • Identify why kids choose to misbehave.
  • Understand how the proactive approach (the P.R.O. Strategy) works.  
  • Design a plan for your child and family to reduce fits and fighting and bring unity and fun.

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Loving Your Kids God’s Way (Featuring The 5 Love Languages)

It is so important that our kids know that we love them.  Every child has a different way that they feel loved.  In this class you will:

  • Learn more about the 5 Love Languages (from the book The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell)
  • Identify your child’s love language.
  • Discover simple, practical ways to show your child love using his/her love language every day.

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Our Words Matter: How to Cut the Sass

Disrespect, complaining, whining, impatience, intolerance, backtalk, and sheer “sassy-ness” seems to be more and more common these days with our kids.  Why?  What can we do to change that?  In this class, you will:

  • Understand why kids “sass.”  
  • Identify simple ways to reduce the “sass.”
  • Learn a 4-step action plan to encourage confident, assertive communicators instead.  

go-family-classGo Family! How to Create Team Unity in Your Home

Your family is your team no matter who is in it, where you live, or what you do!   Let’s learn to live united with our families and stay a strong team.  In this class, you will:

  • learn simple, practical ideas for creating unity in your home.
  • discover strategies for helping every member of your family feel like they belong, that they are loved, and that they are valuable members of your team family. 
  • find a new joy in spending time with your family team!

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Stop the Mealtime Madness: How to Get Kids to Eat Anything!

Are meal times crazy in your home?  Is it hard to get your kids to eat their food, try new foods, and be grateful for their food?  Are you tired of the complaining or silliness or stubbornness?  Meal times can be tough.  Meal times can be exhausting, but they don’t have to be.  In this class, you will learn:

  • Creative, no-nonsense strategies to encourage your kids to eat anything that don’t involve begging, battling, or bribing.
  • Ideas to help your kids choose to eat healthy food and be more grateful.
  • Helpful ways to connect with your family and enjoy mealtimes together. 

CLASSES FOR KIDS

THE FOLLOWING CLASSES CAN BE ADAPTED FOR PARENTS TO TAKE WITH THEIR CHILDREN OR IF TAUGHT IN A SCHOOL SETTING, CAN BE ADAPTED FOR KIDS ONLY.

diverse-preschool-kidsKind Kids: Stop Bullying Before It Starts

Bullying is a problem and needs to stop!  But, guess what?  Bullying doesn’t even have to start in the first place.  Let’s teach our kids kindness and love for themselves and for others.  Let’s teach them to value themselves and value others too.  Let’s make the world a more “bucket-filling” place.  In this fun and interactive class for you and your preschooler, we will:

  • read the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”
  • identify ways kids can be kind to themselves and to others.
  • help kids recognize their importance and the importance of others.
  • express understanding of kindness and “bucket-filling” with a song, activities, coloring, and more.

This lesson also meets the following benchmarks from the Illinois Early Learning Standards for preschool:

  • 1.A Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
  • 2.A Demonstrate interest in stories and books.
  • 2.B Recognize key ideas and details in stories.
  • 2.D Establish personal connections with books.
  • 5.A Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.

1574R-04386Bullying Stops Now-this class is for school-aged kids

Bullying must end. Every person needs to know that he/she has value and so does everyone else.  No one is better than anyone else and every person deserves to be respected no matter what they look like, no matter what they enjoy doing, and no matter what they’re good at.  In this class, we will:

  • empower kids to value who they are and the strengths that they have.
  • encourage kids to celebrate their differences and the differences of others.
  • teach kids simple strategies for standing up for themselves in kind and loving ways.

Get Ready for KindergartenKindergarten…I’m Ready!

Starting Kindergarten is exciting but it can also be scary–for both the child and the parents. You and your soon-to-be kindergartner are invited to this free and fun class where we will share what to expect and help you feel more ready for this big step.

There will be snacks, circle time, and some great information on how to make this transition easier on the whole family!

smart-startSmart Start:  Encouraging Curiosity, Problem-Solving, and a Love of Learning

Your little one is ready to learn…ready to grow…ready to explore.  Let’s have fun together as we encourage your little one to love to learn in fun and creative activities and experiments.  In this class, your preschooler will:

  • understand that learning comes from exploring the world around them.
  • discover ways to be a good problem-solver.
  • engage in fun activities that inspire wonder and curiosity.

This lesson also meets the following benchmarks from the Illinois Early Learning Standards for preschool:

  • 1.A Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
  • 1.B Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
  • 1.C Use language to convey information and ideas.
  • 5.A Demonstrate growing interest and abilities in writing.
  • 5.B Use writing to represent ideas and information.
  • 6.A Demonstrate beginning understanding of numbers, number names, and numerals.
  • 11.A Develop beginning skills in the use of science and engineering practices, such as observing, asking questions, solving problems, and drawing conclusions.
  • 12.C Explore the physical properties of objects.

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Peaceful Pals:  How to Be a Good Friend

Being a good friend is an important skill to learn early on in life.  In this class, you and your little one will:

  • identify qualities of a good friend.
  • role-play ways to be a good friend.
  • learn to value themselves as well as others.

 

kind-kidsHelpful Hearts:  Inspiring Teamwork in Your Home

Little kids have a natural helpfulness if you tap in early to this innate desire.  Little ones feel empowered and important when they can do things by themselves and are even more excited when they can be helpful to someone else.  In this class, you and your preschooler(s) will:

  • learn ideas for encouraging more helpfulness in your home.
  • discover more ways to work as a team to get things done.
  • play games that involve team-building and team-bonding for you and your little one(s).

CLASSES FOR MARRIAGES

love-your-husband-like-a-boyfriend-againIgnite Your Passion: How to Love Your Husband Like a Boyfriend Again

Let’s be REAL–sometimes our husbands take a back seat to the craziness of taking care of our kids, working, cleaning, bill-paying, and activity going.  Let’s take some time to focus on our husbands and find ways to love each them, care for them, and make them feel special like we did when we were dating!  In this class, you will:

  • learn strategies for finding more balance in your life.
  • discover creative and simple ideas for treating your husband like the forever boyfriend that he is.
  • be encouraged to invest and be intentional in your marriage.

marriageNever Give Up, Keep Trying: Going from Hopeless to Hopeful

Marriage isn’t easy, but it’s the key to a strong family.  With it’s many ups and downs, marriage can sometimes feel overwhelming…especially when you add kids, jobs, bills, and other major responsibilities.  Are you struggling in your marriage?  Is it feeling a little hopeless?  Do you want to find more joy and more hope in your marriage?  This presentation includes personal testimonies as well as practical ideas for strengthening a marriage.  In this class, you will:

  • learn to persevere in the difficult times of marriage.
  • learn effective ways to communicate with your spouse.
  • discover ways to reignite the spark in your marriage. 

CLASSES FOR MOMS

life-is-more-than-poopy-diapersLife is More Than Poopy Diapers:  Finding Your Purpose as a Mom

Being a mom can turn out to be so much harder than we thought it was going to be!  It’s easy to feel like you’re constantly failing and even lose your own purpose in life! Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and exhausted with bottles, burping, night-time feedings, and poopy diapers?  Have you ever thought: “Is this what my life has become?”  You have a purpose in motherhood and outside of motherhood.  In this class, you will:

  • Identify your strengths.
  • Move toward discovering your purpose in life outside of motherhood.
  • Find a new sense of purpose in being a mom. 

motherhood-survival-tips-facebookMotherhood Survival Tips

Motherhood can be just plain crazy! Why not take some time to learn some tips and tricks from some of the 4Real Moms Team members–moms in all stages of motherhood–to make your life a little less crazy. Learn from our mistakes and our triumphs to bring you more joy on your motherhood journey! In this class, you will learn:

  • Tips for keeping your house clean and your stuff more organized.
  • Secrets for managing your time and accomplishing goals.
  • Strategies for encouraging positive behaviors in your kids.

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Meal-Planning for the Mom Who Hates Meal-Planning

Learn how to save over $4,000 on your grocery bill each year!  You don’t have to hate meal-planning!  You don’t have to be the oh-no-it’s-5 o’clock-what-the-heck-are-we-having-for-dinner-tonight kind of mom.  It’s time to discover a life-changing way to plan meals that is so simple that any mom can do it!  Learning this simple 4-step meal-planning method will help you:

  • Save money on your grocery bill.
  • Save time, energy, and your sanity while not wasting any food!
  • Learn to love meal-planning…yes, that’s right…actually love meal-planning.