Heart Smart Parenting

One Day Workshop // July 14, 2018

Join us Saturday, July 14 for a one day workshop on heart smart parenting. This group is open to all parents, with suggestions relevant to parenting both younger and older kids. Led by John Hawkins, the group is based on video-teaching by Dr. John Gottman. (More on that below.)

Similar to previous one day groups, we will meet upstairs at LSUS. We’ll start at 8:30 and wrap up in the afternoon, absolutely no later than 2:30 p.m. We’ll have coffee on hand and plenty of breaks along the way, including lunch of your choice. And of course, friends and guests are welcome. There is no cost to attend.


What is Heart Smart Parenting?
Most parenting books and classes boil down to advice on discipline. And yes, we want disciplined children, but think about it: There’s so much more that we want for our kids.

    We want them to be confident and proud of themselves, but not arrogant.
    We want them to be kind, compassionate, and treat others well.
    We want them to deeply know God’s love and love God in return.
    And so much more!

In other words, our hopes for our kids go far beyond what’s produced by good discipline!
How do you work toward those other goals? World-renowned relationship researcher Dr. John Gottman will be our guide. He says it is as simple as connecting with our kids in the everyday moments when they’re experiencing difficult emotions.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
Perhaps we could say that our most important work as parents is helping our kids learn to guard their hearts. As Proverbs says, our behavior isn’t random. It flows out of what’s going on inside.

We believe you can be a heart smart parent. It doesn’t require a degree in psychology or a 25th hour in the day. By being there for our kids when they feel angry, sad, or scared, we can make a huge difference in their lives.

And this isn’t just theory. Dr. Gottman’s suggestions are consistent with biblical wisdom and evidence based, tested through 40 years of research on couples and families.