This program is a fun, interactive and dynamic Parenting Course!
Open enrollment begins now through September 29th. The program will then start on September 29th with a live kick-off webinar!
This course is for any and all parents who want to have a better understanding of their children, and themselves. It is NOT "become a perfect parent" course. It will simply show you how the mind works, to help navigate parenting with greater ease, possibly even less stress!
Why a parenting course?
If you’ve listened to any of our podcasts or heard us speak, chances are you’ve heard about our kids and our experience as parents. You may have heard us describe our wonder at discovering their innate resilience in the face of trauma, our joy in knowing they are okay no matter what, and our pride in watching them navigate life’s challenges. All of these things happened not because we are perfect parents – trust us, we are far from it! We have long given upon on the “perfect parent” aspiration so don’t expect that from this course! What you can expect is a heart-felt sharing of knowledge and experience that has been a real game-changer for us and so many others. What we have learned and now share with hundreds of at-risk kids and adults has allowed us to be more patient, loving, fun, and creative parents who are more grateful during the highs and more graceful during the lows. We want you to have this knowledge, too. We want you to know on a deep level that no matter what, you are okay, and so are your kids.
What can I expect in terms of content?
This course will explore simple yet profound principles of the human mind and resilience. Through very relatable parenting examples and anecdotes, we will explore how state of mind impacts our access to mental resources, clarity, confidence, and capacity as parents. We will gain an understanding of what is going on when we feel disconnected from our kids and are feeling overwhelmed. We will explore what is happening when our children appear unruly and frustrating. Finally, through an exploration of resilience, we hope to bring new thought and hope to the all too common experiences of trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce/separation, self-image and destructive behavior.
How will it work?
Once you register for the course, you will immediately get access to the welcome module and our community forum where you can introduce yourself, share your expectations, and get to know the fellow parents who will be accompanying you on this journey.
We will have our first of six group webinars on Tuesday September 29th from 12 – 1:30 pm ET / 5 – 6:30 pm UK. These webinars are a chance for us to collectively reflect on that week’s content and go deeper into our exploration of ourselves as parents. We will warmly welcome questions, doubts, and frustrations into a loving, mutually supportive space.
Each week a new section of the course will open for you to virtually experience at your own pace. Modules include videos, podcasts, and opportunities to share your questions and reflections in the forum. The amount of time you dedicate to this portion each week is up to you but we would anticipate 1-2 hours to be a good estimate.
After the six weeks is over, you will have lifetime access to all course components.
What about my kid(s)? Do you have anything for them?
Yes! As a bonus for signing up for the Parent Course, we will give you complementary access to our SPARK Youth course ($99 value), which will teach the same concepts with content appropriate for kids of all age groups ages ( parent assistance may be required for younger ages, also bonus videos in some module are appropriate for Preteen-Teen ages). During the course of the six-weeks, there are “connection points” where we provide suggested activities/conversations that you can have with your child to enhance and amplify your learning experience together. 😊
What does this cost?
We want this course to be accessible to everyone, regardless of purchasing power. Indeed, the last thing we want to do is inadvertently contribute to social inequities. Therefore, we are offering this Parenting Course on a sliding scale. Simply pay what you can, between $50 - $295. If you are able to pay the full amount, it will help us offset the costs for those who cannot. If the lowest price option is still out of reach, please email [email protected] for special arrangements.
Brooke Wheeldon-Reece, MBA, is the President/CEO of The SPARK Initiative, Inc. She is the co-author of the S.P.A.R.K. (Speaking to the Potential, Ability and Resilience inside Kids) Mentoring Programs which are currently being taught to 1,000’s of children in Tampa and around the world. Prior to her work with The SPARK Initiative, she was a national trainer for the Mendez Foundation’s nationally recognized Too Good for Drugs and Violence prevention programs. She also spent time as a business consultant and curriculum developer for Verizon and Learning.com.
Ashley Hunt is The SPARK Initiative’s Director of Program Development, Youth Mentor and Co-Creator of the S.P.A.R.K. Mentoring curricula. After seeing her personal relationships transform through an understanding of the mind in 2015, she left her 11-year corporate career in insurance to pursue her passion for educating youth.She now works as an integral part of the development, coordination and implementation of S.P.A.R.K. curriculum and training events in our own community and around the world. Ashley brings an understanding of the mind to life with her natural ability to connect with the youth she mentors.
Julie Brown is a parent to two
kids and lives in the UK. She is a certified SPARK Facilitator and SPARK
Trainer. Julie has worked with SPARK since 2014 and is the perfect person to
collaborate on this program with!
StartWelcome to Module One (2:10)
StartTeaching Focus- Nature of Thought (2:58)
StartThought in Action (4:04)
StartPlaydoh Breakdown (16:20)
StartTeaching Focus: SPARK (2:12)
StartTeaching Focus SPARK Part 2 (3:23)
StartTeaching Focus: Why SPARK Matters (5:42)
StartParenting in Action Stories With Julie (9:47)
StartParenting in Action Stories with Brooke (6:56)
StartWeekly Challenge (2:48)
StartQ & A For Updated Module One
StartWebinar Tuesday October 13th 2020