Hope: How to teach children to be hopeful – A parent’s guide

Hope: How to teach children to be hopeful – A parent’s guide

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Children experiencing a family breakup will feel a range of deep emotion and often one of these is despair and a loss of hope.  As we focus on tuning into our children and their needs and helping them to talk, an understanding of how hope can be nurtured is extremely helpful.

Why is it important? Children who are hopeful are more optimistic, more satisfied, more resilient, have a feeling of control over their lives, are problem solvers and have stronger self- esteem. These are all attributes that will support children as they navigate the experience of separation and divorce.

In this workshop we’ll see that hope is, rather than an emotion, a cognitive process and way of thinking.  Hope is a practice that can have a huge impact on mental health, wellbeing, relationships and how we all navigate tough times.

You’ll learn practical positive steps to nurture hope including building emotional intelligence, teaching goal setting, process praise and the importance of self-expression.


Heather Rutherford

Heather is a parenting coach, founder of The Parenting Partnership, parenting consultant to the school’s advisory service Talk Education, and a Care for the Family facilitator.

Heather’s mission is to share practical effective positive parenting skills that not only help parents raise happy, confident and resilient children but that transform family lives.  In all her work, she draws on the latest research as well as her own experience of parenting three unique and sometimes challenging children while guiding her family through cancer and divorce.

Her goal is to empower parents with skills that include an understanding of temperament, growth mindset, emotional intelligence and positive discipline,  that help them feel confident, calm and deeply connected to their children.

She has a particular interest in using these positive parenting skills to help families through the challenges of separation and divorce.