Parenting and Education Forum


Parenting and Education Forum

A group for people actively raising and educating children within our creative community -  to exchange relevant information and also to communicate and possibly build listening partnerships

Location: online
Members: 28
Latest Activity: Feb 27

Hand in Hand Parenting - an amazing resource

At risk of repeating myself - infact, more accurately: Knowing that I am repeating myself:

To all parents who are currently parenting young children - do sign up for the free on-line support group and e-newsletter that Hand in Hand offer

And I thoroughly recommend following a Building Emotional Understanding class, and finding a Listening Partnership to support you in this amazingly demanding and rewarding journey.

Patty Wipfler, the founder of Parenting by Connection, is still very active in the organisation, and can be heard on some of the teleconferences.  Do see if you can listen in to any of them.  She is full of common sense and rich experiences of connecting with children - her own and many many others.  And she is so empty of dogma.

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Compassionate Community Retreat in May

Started by Joanna Watters. Last reply by Joanna Watters Feb 3, 2013. 1 Reply

I'm posting this link here, even though it's happening outside Devon, because Gayano has led groups in Devon and many of us know and value her work with families and might want to know that she is…Continue

Monthly local parenting groups - Embercombe and Landmatters

Started by Joanna Watters Feb 3, 2013. 0 Replies

I'm happy to be involved again on an occasional basis, with the parenting group at Landmatters, which will now be on Saturdays once a month.  This is a group for children and parents together -…Continue

Funding and Grants for educaiton

Started by Christoffer de Graal. Last reply by Christoffer de Graal Nov 28, 2011. 1 Reply

there are actually a number of grants and sources of funding available.  lets share whet we find here.Continue

With respect to each child being different. What do our children need?

Started by Beth. Last reply by Milu Nov 26, 2011. 1 Reply

I am interested in what each child needs to support them on their path. And in hearing the insights we have on this, all children can be heard. Bringing up one child is so very different to bringing…Continue

Tags: individual, needs, children

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Comment by Marian van der Veen on February 27, 2017 at 6:34

I'm an ex-childminder and Nanny, witnessing the devastation of vaccinations in children. It's why I share this presentation with as much historic background as insider experience. This is a doctor who is true to the oath he swore during graduation. An oath, stating that health will be served as  practitioner of medicine.

Comment by Joanna Watters on March 13, 2015 at 21:38

Comment by Joanna Watters on February 16, 2015 at 22:55 - an article published in Juno by a participant of our 2014 Grow the Grown Ups camp.  This year it's in May half term.  More info in the article.

Comment by Joanna Watters on November 9, 2013 at 18:26
Free Web-seminar for parents and professionals in the field of education
delivered by Zsuzsanna Egry, certified Parenting by Connection instructor
18th of November 5pm
Our otherwise sweet child drops herself on the ground, cries her lungs out, and shakes her limbs in trance… for some kids it happens in a shop, for others when getting dressed, or when having to leave the playground. What is common in these situations is that we, the parents, live the carousel of feelings : shame, anger, desperation, exasperation, powerlessness etc.
We may try to ignore, shout louder, threaten or bribe our child out of the tantrum, but even if our attempt works for a while, the success is shortlived, as our child - more often than not - starts the same scene all over again.
Why do children cry and tantrum, and what can we, the parents do to help them (and ourselves) with the difficult feelings? How can we handle tantrums in a way that does not erode, but on the contrary,strengthens our relationship with our child so we come out of it with a deeper sense of trust and connection?
Email me (Joanna) on to register - this is a free call offered to us by our Hungarian partner, Zsuzsi who is a fully certified Hand in Hand instructor, and who will be visiting us in Devon in the Summer (2014), thanks to Grundtvig European lifelong learning funding.
Comment by Joanna Watters on October 3, 2013 at 8:52
10 minutes well worth watching - Patty Wipfler explaining about the importance of parent to child connection, drawing on her years of experience and referencing research too.

Comment by Joanna Ball on September 25, 2013 at 21:23

Hi Natalia,

Hope you have a good visit with your friends in Portugal. I'd be interested in linking up when you return .  I am a newbie to home education and originally an Integrative Arts Therapist I now run a group Creative Writing meets Life Coaching for Mothers and am very interested in NVC/copassionate communication.

Warm wishes,


Comment by Joanna Watters on September 25, 2013 at 16:01
Here's a link to an interesting and informative blog about infant swimming that Paul Beaumont wrote - (who came to lead us in some developmental movement at one of the Sustainable Parenting mornings).
Baby Swimming, Infant Reflexes and Developmental Movement | Paul Beaumont
You can see some examples of baby?s movement in water here: My take on what I?m seeing comes from my Somatic Movement Therapy training ( that draws on Body Mind Centering � together with my wider study of paediatric neurological development, and my work with JABADAO?s Developmental Mo...
Comment by Ocean Ananda on September 10, 2013 at 20:53

Hi Joanna and everyone,

I can now work as a home child carer (nanny) thurs - sund. registered member with Ofsted, CRB check, First Aid and insured. Experience from being a mum for 8 yrs. £10/h (u can claim back 70% of the costs). Give me ring if you want to know more about me :) Ocean

Comment by Joanna Watters on June 16, 2013 at 11:40

and if you want me to put your email address on my list of names to contact about when we are next running Sustainable Parenting groups there, email me at

Comment by Nuria Maya on June 15, 2013 at 22:49

Cool. Thanks!


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