Positive Parenting Workshop
On Thursday morning, EtonHouse International School – Suzhou gave a very warm welcome to parent counseling expert, Monica Albertini who took time out from her busy schedule as student and parent counselor at the Shanghai American School (SAS) to run the first in hopefully a series of workshops on positive parenting.
More than 20 mothers and fathers from 5 different countries took part in the workshop and after a nervous start, they threw themselves into the role-playing activities that Monica had organized.
The workshop produced lots of valuable content and the Korean, Japanese and Mandarin speaking SCLs (School Community Liaisons) did a great job translating it all for the non-English speaking parents.
The workshop went over time because of all the questions from the engaged parents. It will be exciting to hear from them (and their children) how well they were able to put what they learnt into action!
We asked the parents for their feedback and the response was very positive. When asked if they would like to attend more parent worskshops in the future the response was a resounding YES YES YES!
EtonHouse used to be well known for the close relationship between the school and the parents, and regularly held workshops and fun activities for the whole family. Principal Mr Murray Fowler is very keen to build on the budding community feeling around the school so watch out for more family focused events.
Positive parenting is a parenting principle based on the assumption that children are born with good intention and the desire to do the right thing. It emphasizes the importance of mutual respect and using positive instructions to discipline. The parenting practices focus on teaching future behavior instead of punishing past misbehavior.
Monica Albertini is one of the Middle School Counselors at Shanghai American School, Puxi Campus. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Boston University and has been in international Elementary and Middle School counseling positions for the past 21 years, working in prevention as well as effective interventions with children, families and all members of the school community. She fell in love with Positive Discipline philosophy and programs in 2008, first becoming certified as Parent Educator and then extended this passion to Classroom Facilitation in 2012, and Trainer level in 2018. She is an experienced certified PD educator constantly seeking to bring PD tools creatively to classrooms and homes and has used PD tools in K- 12 as an educator as well as a counselor. She enjoys supporting parents, teachers and students’ success through mutually respectful and satisfying relationships.