Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring is the Season for Family Festivities - Save the Dates!

Hi everyone. I wanted to share some workshops and activities that are happening in April!

I also wanted to share another event that I thought could be our very first Playdate For a Cause this year! Some of you may not know know but a part of my vision for FLV is to not only have our monthly gatherings with guest speakers but to also go out into our community and make a difference in the world, thus Playdates For A Cause! :o)

Several of you joined us for March's gathering with Ruth Beaglehole from the Echo Education and Parenting Center (I believe this is what she said they are now changing their name to). While perusing through their website, I discovered that they are having a festival at the end of April - which I thought would be a wonderful gathering for those interested in joining. I felt it would be a Playdate For A Cause because we are supporting an organization that believes in non-violent and conscious parenting (that's a beautiful cause to support, I feel!) :o)

So below are details for both events. Please RSVP if you will be joining either one of these gatherings or even better yet, both!

L.O.V.E. Parenting: Parent Education for Progressive Families

Many parents who have chosen an alternative, progressive parenting path, one that is deeply rooted in honoring their child, get derailed as the babies get older. Issues like sharing, siblings, social-interplay, communication, autonomy, and discipline come into view and present challenges to the most well-meaning parents. As well, a second pregnancy, the birth of a sibling, and the early years of siblinghood often create challenges that can leave parents feeling overwhelmed and at their wits end. L.O.V.E. Parenting can help! L.O.V.E. Parenting is confident that you can manifest a harmonious relationship with your children at every stage of the game. L.O.V.E. Parenting understands the challenges faced on a daily basis and addresses the uniqueness of each situation with insight and the commonalities with compassion. L.O.V.E. Parenting techniques promote effective communication with respect for the whole family. A sampling of favorites include Set The Stage, the Family Unity Speech, Need-Want-Ask, and WEL-C: Witness, Empathy, Limit, Choice. L.O.V.E. Parenting helps families to parent with love and to L.O.V.E. Parenting; Listen, Open, Value, Enjoy.

Jessica Williams created L.O.V.E. Parenting with private coaching, classes and workshops in Los Angeles and worldwide with Skype. She teaches L.O.V.E. Parenting at The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center in West LA and at Birth & Beyond in Santa Monica. She is a featured weekly writer for Mothering Magazine’s “All Things Mothering” online blog. Her birth and nursing articles are being published in The Mother Magazine, UK and The Complete Mother, USA. She is a contributor for the Nurture Center, CA. She has presented multiple workshops for the pediatric practice of Dr. Jay Gordon, Santa Monica. Jessica Williams lives in her native Los Angeles with her husband and their three children. 

“I am so excited I could dance on the ceiling. Truly amazing woman and I love her parenting take and her advice. Jessica is such a pure person with valuable information and the skill to articulate it.” Carrie-Anne Moss, Actress & Mother of three
Many, many thanks, Jessica. All you have shared has helped tremendously. So insightful and generous. I love what we are doing and I’m so grateful.” Lisa Bonet, Actress & Mother of three
Jessica is one of the most grounded, inspirational women that I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have always been impressed by her calm and inspired way of parenting. I highly recommend sitting down with her to chat if you’re struggling with any kind of parenting issue or even just need some support or encouragement for the road you’re on.” Kristen Hundley, Founder of West Los Angeles Attachment Parenting

WHAT TIME: 5PM-7PM; Potluck dinner afterwards

1) Pen and Paper,
2) Something healthy and yummy to share for the potluck
3) Your OWN dishware and utensils to stay green AND
4) $$ for the childcare services (the amount TBD when the final count of families RSVP) and in case you would like to purchase
The L.O.V.E. Parenting CD: Techniques, Visualization & Affirmations, please bring $20, as well.

PLEASE NOTE: If you could please RSVP if you will be using the childcare services. It is highly recommended so that the parents can fully focus on the presentation and get the abundant information given to us for free. I would need to know how many children and their ages. If you do decide not to use the service and will be bringing your child and they start to get a little noisy, then we will ask you to please go into the children's room with them. We ask that you do not leave your child there without your supervision, out of respect for the parents that have already paid for this service. Thank you.

WHERE: The Yogi Tree Studio ~ 4475 Vineland Ave - Toluca Lake, CA 91602

SATURDAY 4/30/11
Peace Through a Child’s Eyes

The Echo Center offers each year the Festival of Childhood: Peace through a Child’s Eyes, which is an open-air street festival that is free for everyone. It is always held in conjunction with the Day of the Child and National Child Abuse Prevention. For one whole day the block is filled with music, laughter and color as children and families visit community booths and take part in arts and health activities. All activities are free!!

WHERE: At the Echo Center - 1226 N. Alvarado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

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