Coaching Your Child to Better Friendships
Our children’s social skills are more important than their academic or athletic ones, and yet very little of our focus is on teaching kids social skills. This talk, for parents, teachers, and anyone who works with children, provides guidelines and steps for identifying social skills strengths and deficits and for coaching children to improve social skills. Learn to identify your child’s social skills strengths and deficits as well as simple coaching techniques to help them improve specific social skills.
Five Steps to Teaching Kids Conflict Resolution Skills
Many kids struggle to get along with their siblings and peers, and adult intervention is often ineffective. Good conflict resolution skills are important, because they lead to better relationships, more happiness, and greater success in all areas of life. In this workshop, Audrey reviews five steps to help kids learn to resolve conflicts
10 Positive Parenting Tips from Camp Counselors
Learn simple positive behavior management techniques that camp counselors use to get campers to be on their best behavior! Taking a more positive behavior management approach makes parenting a lot more enjoyable and less taxing, enhances your relationship with your child, and grows greater responsibility and self reliance in your child.
Helping Kids Foster REAL Connections
In our uber-connected world, many children and teens feel more disconnected and lonely than ever before. Learn specific strategies for creating a more positive, connected family culture at home and increase the likelihood that your child or teen will flourish as an adult.
Positive Parenting Strategies to Raise Great Kids
This talk is designed to help parents learn specific strategies great parents use to raise responsible, competent, flourishing kids. Sharing stories from her own interactions with parents for more than 30 years and from her own parenting of five kids, Audrey shares specific tips for what great parents do to partner well with teachers, coaches, and other adults who work with their children. Giving and receiving feedback, what information to share with professionals, and other strategies are discussed all with the end goal in mind of benefitting your child’s development.
For School or Camp Administrators and Staff:
Partnering with Parents: Providing High Quality Year-Round Parent Education & Communication
Our campers’ (or students’) parents look to us for much more than providing a few weeks of summer fun (or, in the case of schools, only academic learning). Parents also see us as partners in raising their children and look to us for parenting education and advice. What communication and education do you currently provide to your campers’ parents? What’s your year-round communication and education strategy? Outlining the thorough communication and education process Monke has developed over the past three decades, she will guide participants to develop a plan that will enhance how your camp families perceive your program. Participants will learn how to: determine the key messages and values to focus on; utilize simple strategies for providing parent education; and develop a year-round communication plan. Templates and examples will be provided!
WOWing Parents: Feedback and Follow Up
What is your camp or school’s current evaluation system? Who do you ask for feedback, how often do you ask for feedback, and what do you do with that information? Outlining the thorough evaluation and follow up process Monke has developed at her camp over the past decades, she will provide guidelines for who to ask for feedback, what to ask, how often to ask, and evaluation formats that work best. She will also guide participants on how to follow up on the feedback received, use camper (student), parent, and staff feedback in your planning, and take your already good camp or school program to a new level of excellence.
Training Counselors/Teachers to be “Friendship Coaches”
How well do campers or students make friends at your camp or school? Drawing on her research on social skills and camp, Monke will provide you with the tools you need to train counselors/teachers to become “Friendship Coaches” who are prepared to help campers/students with their social skills deficits and foster closer connections between campers. Participants will learn how to: foster better friendships at camp by training counselors to be “friendship coaches”; plan group and camp-wide friendship-enhancing activities and reconsider practices that deter friendships; and identify and describe social skills learned and practiced at camp.
Friendship Skills Workshops
Audrey loves working directly with kids coaching them to better social skills. She has active, participatory workshops she’s used at summer camp assemblies that are designed to help kids learn and practice many important social skills, including:
• How to Introduce Themselves & Others
• How to Resolve Conflicts
• How to Calm Down (Anger Management/Emotion Regulation)
• How to Share Appropriately About Yourself
• Practicing Kindness
• Finding Your “Tribe”
• What Your Face Says (Non-verbals)
• How to Invite and Join Others
• Celebrating Friends’ Victories
• Leading with Empathy: Understanding Other Kids’ Bad Behavior
Audrey loves developing workshops and keynotes geared specifically toward your group’s needs. Contact Audrey using the form below.