Parenting Patois™ (A parenting webinar)
This web-based workshop (webinar) will help you hold space to realize how many of us arrived at a parenting approach that centers parental controls (performance arts and power-over), and then to discover how we can get to collaborative, emergent, culture co-creation with our children. This is a webinar where our agenda is to unpack and begin to re-route privilege and power in our relationships with our children.

In order for this to be effective for you, you must already believe that you are already practicing oppressive parenting and facilitation in some ways, and you must be willing to accept this reality, and work toward something better/safer for the children in your life.

WHEN: Ongoing

WHERE: Virtual (you will get an email and a text message with the link to listen/watch from anywhere)

INVESTMENT: $177 (US Dollars)

FEE INCLUDES:
Full, permanent access to a series of videos and audio messages designed specifically for our work together. Investment also includes access to a one-time, virtual and live (web-based and in real-time) post-webinar group video chat to offer feedback and ask questions.

WHY USE THE TERM “PATOIS” FOR THIS?

What’s beautiful about patois, as I know it in the Jamaican context, is that it preserves history and culture while honoring the need to create something new that speaks to where people are now, and what they need to communicate today. It’s a newish mother tongue, birthed from necessity, fused together from other mother tongues, honoring what came before it while making room for what is needed now.

In our case, (as parents and facilitators of learning) our patois—our fusion mother tongues—will allow us to pull from the pieces of our past that resonate with us while honoring what needs to happen now with our unique children, and our unique needs. Patois allows for the feelings, the passion in self-expression, to come through. It honors the fact that people speak a language, and that the purpose of that language is to enhance communication, to bring people together where possible.

The goal here, is to understand and speak our way toward less anxiety, less frustration, and less force in the ways we relate to children and teens.

We are in a space where a new language is developing by necessity, and we can either let that language emerge and participate mindfully in its emergence through a partnership mentality with children, or we can try to force them to speak our language, to try to mold them into something we might understand, or something more convenient.

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