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Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada's leading parenting experts. She is the Ask An Expert columnist for Today's Parent Magazine and sits on the Health Advisory Board for Chatelaine Magazine. Alyson is a re-occurring guest expert on The Marilyn Denis show and CTV News Channel.
Alyson is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, and her latest, Ain't Misbehavin,' is receiving rave reviews and endorsements from other celebrated parenting experts in Canada and the USA.
Alyson is well known for her social media connections. She was a panelist for "The Social Family" at Social Media Week conference, and present at the inaugural TEDxKids in Brussels in June 2011. Alyson frequents many tweet-ups and has an active blog as well as guest blogs for Yummymummy.ca, Savvymom.ca and others.
Alyson is consulting and participating in the Bank of Montreal SmartSteps for Parents program, an online portal dedicated to helping parents teach financial literacy to their children. She has also hosted the McCain Foods Pantry Summit held at the launch of their new line of family friendly products to ease meal times and improve family health.
The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save US From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Star and others.
Alyson Schafer's Speaker Programs:
- Dealing with Sibling Rivalry:
This presentation will discuss the special relationship that siblings have and the underlying dynamics that can fuel the fights between them. Parents will learn ways to diminish rather than intensify competition and rivalry and move towards more harmonious and loving relationships within the family.
- Democratic Parenting 101:
This talk addresses why parenting is so difficult today. Alyson offers a new way to think about our roles as parents, highlighting the fundamental "do's and don'ts of parenting" and offering some sound advice on issues that parents can apply immediately.
- Honey, I Wrecked The Kids:
Misbehaving children always make us question if we are parenting properly. We feel like we are messing up all the time! In this talk based on the best-selling book, Alyson discusses why millennial children are a different kind of child from past generations and how to parent them effectively. Parents will learn: the conditions that have lead to our current parenting confusion; the 4 misbehaviour "dances" we do with our children; new effective discipline techniques to replace punishment and rewards; to feel more confident and positive about parenting!
- Power Struggles:
Who is in charge here anyway? A presentation that will shed light on why parents and children lock horns in power struggles! Parents will learn ways to move from a win / lose conflict situation to one of cooperation and problem solving. Specific skills will be introduced.
- The Joys and Fears of the Teen Years:
As a mother of two teen girls, Alyson illuminates both the joys and challenges that face teens and parents during this unique transition from childhood to adult. In this session you will learn: brain-based research on teens and their behavior, interpersonal solutions to teen problems, a refreshing understanding of how great teens can be, a reality check on the true fears we need to prepare for.
- Why Do My Children Keep Doing That?
This session is very interactive in style. Using different types of hats as metaphors for the reasons children misbehave, parents and teachers are taught how to crack the code of their children's misbehavior and come to an understanding of: the child's hidden motivation, the child's "true belief" that is being expressed, the way parents and teachers unknowingly react in ways that maintain or worsen the misbehavior. This workshop is always popular as parents and teachers see children in a much more positive and encouraging manner. Time is spent offering solutions that can be implemented immediately both at home and school.
Other Topics Include:
- Put an End to Bullying
- Raising The Responsible Child
- Work Life Balance
Alyson Schafer's Testimonials:
"I was so impressed by the insights you shared, and especially by your exceptional delivery. The rope visual was extremely effective and I know it will be a perfect thing to visualize next time I feel the impulse to "tug". You are truly one of the best speakers I've heard in my 10+ years in the communications industry!" Event Attendee
"Alyson's presentation... was FANTASTIC! She far surpassed our expectations. Alyson is extremely knowledgeable about healthy relationships as well as bullying. Please let her know how much we appreciate the wealth of information that she shared with us. I'm looking forward to learning more about the four crucial C's. Many people were impressed. I would highly recommend her to any group wanting to discuss the issue of bullying." Peel District School Board
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