Teaching Children to be Hopeful

Teaching Children to be Hopeful

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In this workshop we look at how hope can be nurtured. Hope has a huge impact on mental health, wellbeing, relationships and how we navigate tough times.

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.

I set out practical positive steps to nurture hope including 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.

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