I have done four of these now and the words getting out there so there's more in the calendar. I have chairs in a circle in our breakfast room where the Aga keeps us toasty (it's winter here in the UK) and we drink coffee, eat biscuits and I take them through my talk on the topic e.g. helping your child with anxiety. I include plenty of exercises but it's not therapy or counselling. I don't encourage individual issues being discussed at length, that's more for a private session.
I display my books and they can buy these afterwards at a reduced cost. They also leave with notes on the session although I've noticed that they make copious notes for themselves.
What they seem to get out of it is the realisation that they have choices and if they keep doing the same thing day after day, things won't change. What needs to change is what they do, how they respond. "Control your controllables", i say. You can't control your child but you can control how you respond so if what you're doing isn't working, try something else.
I teach them some basic skills such as anchoring and how to anchor your child, the self-compassion break, a body scan, circle of excellence, reframing and eye accessing, VAK oh my goodness I had hardly realised I covered so much in two hours!
I see lots of light-bulb-moments and this helps me with my writing because I'm essentially writing for parents and children so knowing what they need help with, what happens in their households and what the daily issues are, all helps me as a writer.
Usually I see children much more than parents so i'm changing this by having these parent groups and learning much more about family life from both points of view.
I've had messages from parents living all over the world and my next project once I've really got this one off the ground is to set up webinars that have this sort of cosy feel if I can.
I have so much energy and enthusiasm for my writing, coaching and training and I have to say that connecting with my parent readers has been inspiring, fun and enlightening.
It would be great to hear from you.