If you like what you have seen on the website and would like more ideas presented to your group in person, hire Kirby to speak.
Kirby has made appearances on radio and television and is a frequent workshop and seminar speaker. She has spoken on parenting topics to professionals at State and World Conferences (e.g., at AACC, CAPS, VAECE, VAFCA, RECA, etc.). She has presented workshops on parenting to such groups as Mother of Preschoolers (MOPS), Mothers of Multiples, F.E.M.A.L.E (now “Mothers and More”), and to various denominations of churches in many states in the USA. Kirby has also given talks, workshops, and taught courses internationally (England, Scotland, Singapore, mainland China, Hong Kong, Philippines).
Any of the following talks, workshops, and seminars can be combined in ways that best meet the needs of the group to which Kirby will be speaking. Each of the topics can be presented from a child development perspective alone or Kirby can add a faith perspective, depending upon the makeup of the group and their desires.
“Workshops for All Who Love Children”
Workshops sharing practical, easy-to-use ways to enhance children’s development using materials that most families have around the home. Each full-day workshop includes your choice of two segments. The following choices are available:
- Guidelines for Disciplining in Love
- Physical Development (Fine Motor & Gross Motor)
- Intellectual Development (Learning Games, Art that Teaches Concepts)
- Social-Emotional-Character-Spiritual Development
Many learning games and activities are displayed. Also a number of art activities can be made available for participants to experience and take home samples. These workshops are for parents, grandparents, nursery workers, child care professionals, baby sitters, preschool and elementary school teachers, nannies, and for anyone who wants to work with children more effectively. Each of these two-segment workshops takes a minimum of 4 hours (8:30 AM – 12:30 or 9:00 – 1:00) , but a full day (9:00 – 3:00) is even better, giving plenty of question and answer and hands on experience time.
Note: A 1 ½ – 2 hour mini-workshop presenting only one segment is also an option.
“Guidelines for Disciplining in Love” is a seminar on how to train children in positive behaviors, attitudes, and character in ways that encourage and build them up, rather than discourage and belittle them. All of the methods discussed are recommended by a wide variety of child development specialists and have been found by parents and by psychological studies to be effective. Stories and cartoons are used to make the techniques easily usable and understandable. This can be shortened to fit into 1 ½ hours, but the entire talk plus time for questions and answers requires 2 – 3 hours. Some prefer to do two different evening sessions of 1 ½ hours each. This seminar can be presented to Day Care and Preschool teachers as an in-service training, including help for specific problems which that child care facility may be facing.
“Quickies: Making Good Use of the Tiny Moments” is a mini-workshop that can vary in length from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Kirby demonstrates many learning games, physical development experiences, and art projects that take little set-up time, are easy to do, and are delightfully fun for the parents and for children of various ages. Emphasis is given to learning to delight in our children, as well as how to use once-wasted bits of the day to help children develop. This can be a hands-on workshop in which the parents and teachers make learning games and simple art projects to take home and use immediately, or it can be done as a talk.
“Creative Parenting Even When You are Exhausted” is a mini-workshop which is especially helpful for at-home-parents of young children (when sleep is minimal), for single parents, and for parents who work outside the home, who want to make their times with their children count. Kirby can also explore why we get exhausted and ideas for reducing stress and for including family fun, for those who desire that part. Length: 1 – 2 hours
“Love Buckets” is an interactive presentation to parents, teachers, and/or their pre-school and elementary aged children. It can be done for a day care, preschool or an elementary school program. It makes concrete the concept that we can both feel and “do” love. It explores ways to give and to receive love and graphically shows why we need to give at least five loving interactions to every one correction, plus why we must avoid put-down or belittling jokes, comments, or actions. It also emphasizes the importance of showing love in ways that the other person wants to receive. It includes a segment on love languages. Length: 30-45 minutes
“How to Show Love so that Others Can Receive it” is a talk which includes “Love Buckets” plus a whole tool belt of ways parents and teachers can speak specifically into the hearts of children, teens, and adults so that they know they are loved and valued. These tools can change the lives of those who use and receive them, and change the atmosphere in the home or classroom from destructive to encouraging. Length: 1 ¼ – 1 ½ hours
“Teaching Children Positive Values” is a seminar and workshop in which ways to effectively teach children values (such as kindness, honesty, responsibility, empathy, caring for others, etc.) are explored, along with making puppets and other helpful means of conveying those values. We can also make “I did this because I love you dolls” which helps a family catch each other doing kind things, plus appreciating other’s help. This can be hands-on or talk format.
“Infant, Toddler, and/or Preschool Movement” can be presented as a parent-tot series of classes, in which young children and an adult learn together how to help children’s bodies develop in strength, balance, eye-hand coordination, plus learn concepts through movement (over, under, up, down, fast, slow, high, low, big, little, colors, counting, letters, etc.) (This can also be presented as a parenting workshop without children.)
Baby Shower presentation is an entertaining 30 – 45 min. demo/talk on newborns for baby showers.