Parenting Classes

Our goal is to support families to understand the brain research, to parent in ways that are consistent with their long term goals for children, and to serve as their child's advocate. Most of us prepare for many years to start our career and in just a few short months become a parent.

Our Neighborhood is happy to take requests if you have a small group of families interested in a particular topic. We would be happy to host a special session or series for you at our site or yours.

Our Most Popular Classes

sq-infant basics

We regularly offer an intro to respectful brain-based parenting for expecting families and families with young infants. These classes focus on understanding how children learn, what they need from adults, how to manage the crying, and setting healthy habits.

sq-emotional intelligence - teacher infant relationship building

We all want our children to be emotionally intelligent: caring, kind, loving, patient, and composed. Parents and teachers sometimes struggle with how to handle those big emotions to support the development of emotional intelligence. Learn with us specifically how to coach a child to model your values and build their capacity for empathy and self-regulation.

sq- cooperative parent child - teachers facilitating experiences for toddlers

All parents want a smooth cooperative relationship with their children. Our Neighborhood believes the key to cooperation is connection. In fact, early childhood research backs up the idea, children who feel connected, safe, and loved are primed for a cooperative attitude. Learn how to create a cooperative environment for your family.

sq-raising a self disicpline chidl teachers

We discuss how we can move from an other-discipline model to a self-disciplining model. Moving away from rewards and punishments is NOT permissive parenting. Our goal is for children to learn to make their own decisions based on their values.

sq- brain based parenting - toddlers work outdoors together

We begin with the basics of how young children’s brains are wired and how young children learn. We explore why a working-with, needs-based approach is more effective than a reward-punishment model. You’ll learn to parent with the brain in mind.

sleep

Sleep is one of the biggest challenges for families of young children. Families walk away with a plan to help meet everyone’s needs at bedtime and what to do when things go awry, so children get the sleep they need to be able to grow, play, learn, and cooperate during the day.