Speaking and Training
Keynotes & Workshops
Elizabeth Crary has a gift for presenting solid, practical information in an entertaining and enjoyable way. She is a frequently requested keynote speaker for parenting and professional conferences in the United States, Canada, and Japan.
Most popular topics
- Help Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way
- Love & Limits (STAR Parenting)
- Help! The Kids Are at It Again!
- Pick Up Your Socks!
- Kids Can Cooperate
- Some additional topics
- How to book Elizabeth
Most topics can be presented as half-day, whole day, multi day, and/or evening presentations. Contact Elizabeth for details.
Talking with participants in STAR Parenting workshop
Help Kids Cope When Things Don't Go Their Way
Although acknowledging kids' feelings is helpful, it is not enough. Kids need concrete skills to deal with their feelings.
This presentation offers the tools and techniques you need to help children cope, whether you are dealing with toddler tantrums or middle-school meltdowns. Participants will:
Discover two critical elements kids need to avoid emotional meltdowns.
- Understand why your child doesn't “cool it” when you acknowledge his or her feelings.
- Identify six strategies you can teach your child to calm himself.
- Find out why what you do between tantrums is as important as what you do during them.
To find more about this topic you can refer to Dealing with Disappointment on the Parenting Press website.
Love & Limits (STAR Parenting)
All parents want nice children, but their ideas of “nice” can be vastly different. Love & Limits uses a star to help parents deal with trying behavior in a positive way that reflects their own values and their child's temperament. This workshop provides an overview of STAR Parenting. Participants will:
- Discover five points of healthy guidance.
- Learn 15 tools to guide children's behavior.
- Explore a four-step process to make guidance easier.
- Understand the impact of a child's age, temperament, and experience on his or her behavior.
Help! The Kids Are at It Again!
Many people believe conflicts between children result from jealousy or sibling rivalry. Although that may be true in some situations, conflicts are as likely to be due to developmental issues. Four skills kids need to get along with siblings and friends are the ability to – 1. connect with others, 2. set and respect boundaries, 3. deal with their feeling, and 4. use power respectfully. This workshop gives information you need to help kids get along with other people. We will:
- Explore the four basic skills children need.
- Briefly introduce the five points that we will use to reduce children's quarrels.
- Generate ways to handle common issues.
You can read more about this in my book Help! The Kids Are at It Again: Using Kids' Quarrels to Teach “People” Skills by Parenting Press.
Pick Up Your Socks!
Some children are naturally responsible, others need encouragement. Parents (and professionals) are more successful when they adapt their approach for each child. In this workshop you will:
- Discover the difference between responsibility and obedience (and when each is appropriate).
- Learn what skills children need to be responsible.
- Review what is reasonable to expect at different ages.
- Learn seven strategies to encourage responsibility.
- Discover four roadblocks to responsibility that parents unintentionally use.
More information about teaching responsibility is in my book Pick Up Your Socks . . . and Other Skills Growing Children Need available from Parenting Press.
Kids Can Cooperate
Young children are often told to “share” or “play nice,” but few are taught how to share. Fortunately, problem-solving skills are teachable. Research has found that a child's problem-solving ability is proportional to the number of different alternatives he or she can think of, and the ability to predict consequences of those alternatives. Participants will:
- Learn what skills kids need before they can negotiate.
- Discover three simple things you can do to increase kids' problem-solving skills.
- Practice a five-step process to help kids work things out themselves and learn ways to avoid roadblocks.
- Discuss ways to introduce the five-step process.
The talk is based on my book Kids Can Cooperate: A Practical Guide to Teaching Problem Solving available from Parenting Press.
Some additional topics
- Mad Is Not Bad
- The Parent Journey
- Mom's Anger Workshop: Using Anger With Grace
- Temper Tantrums as a Teaching Tool
- Magic Tools for Toddler Guidance
- You Can't Teach Children to Think By Telling Them What to Do
- How to Set Limits
- Dealing with Worry and Anxiety
- Who's Responsible for Happiness?
How to book Elizabeth
If you are interested in booking Elizabeth for your professional, school, church, or community organization, please contact Anna at 206-367-6425 or see the contact page for email. Call early for the best selection of dates.